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Flypaper for elephants: a new adhesive is based on geckos' feet

A team of scientists at the University of Massachusetts has developed a new, reusable adhesive based on the feet of the gecko – the lizard that licks its own eyeballs and climbs up walls. Around 60% of gecko species have adhesive toe pads and these pads were the inspiration for Geckskin – a device …

Sony's 13-inch 'Digital Paper' is just like paper, except it costs $1,100

Despite years of development, E Ink's displays haven't yet replaced traditional paper everywhere. Sony's trying to change that with this 13.3-inch Digital Paper device intended for legal, educational and business environments and after we got a brief demo last year it's finally ready to go on sale …

Apple tips hand on sapphire displays with patent for oleophobic coatings

By<p>While Apple remains coy about plans to incorporate sapphire into its product lineup, a new patent application published on Thursday suggests the …

Disney’s Paper Generators Create Electricity Without Batteries

What are the experiences we could create when batteries are removed from electronics? Disney Research explores the idea with its new electric paper.<p>We’ve all talked about an Internet of things, but there are huge bottlenecks–like the fact that our battery technology is stagnant, and mining all that …

Flexible sensor could lead to better artificial skin

Using gold nanoparticles on top of a PVC substrate, researchers at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have built a new type of cheap, …

Colored Plastic Doubles Solar Cell Power

Using plastic to absorb light could lower the cost of solar power.<p>A thin sheet of dyed plastic could cut the cost of solar power, particularly for …

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KAIST developed the biotemplated design of piezoelectric energy harvesting device

Related images<br>(click to enlarge)<p>A research team led by Professor Keon Jae Lee and Professor Yoon Sung Nam from the Department of Materials Science …

Researchers develop synthetic touch arrays with sensitivity of human fingertips

Humans are already starting to sympathize with robots, but US and Chinese researchers want to give robotics an even more humanlike touch — quite literally. A pair of scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) and a colleague at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing have …

Video: New Super-Waterproof Material Makes Water Drops Bounce Off

Nanocones make surfaces more hydrophobic than ever before.<p>Is that a rubber ball making its way down a two-by-four? No, it's actually a drop of water hitting a strip of experimental material that's so water-resistant, it makes drops bounce.<p>The video above comes from the work of a team of materials …

Silver nanowire sensors could be the flexible foundation for new wearables

A clear, bandage-like sensor could eventually make everything from fabrics to our fingers smart. Dr. Yong Zhu and a team of North Carolina State University researchers created an ultra-thin, flexible sensor that could be used in clothing, on the body, any in other ordinary objects to track things …

Apple is going to start mass producing sapphire, but it’s anyone’s guess why

The gumshoes at Apple-focused blog 9to5Mac dug deep into job listings and public documents to discover that Apple’s new manufacturing facility in Arizona will be producing sapphire, the hardest natural material after diamond. Based on some creative, perhaps even wishful, parsing of those documents, …

iWatch could be worth as much as iPhone & iPad first-year sales combined, says Morgan Stanley

Estimating the revenue value of a product whose price is unknown and whose existence hasn’t even been confirmed is probably about as tenuous as it gets, but Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty reckons that the iWatch could generate $17.5 billion in the first twelve months.<p>To put that into …