Science and Tech

Scientists demonstrate electricity producing capabilities of 3D paper-based microbial fuel cells

Scientists at Ames-based Iowa State University have demonstrated that three-dimensional microbial fuel cells (or MFC) could channel liquids through themselves via capillary action, thus eliminating the need for any kind of external power. Appearing in this month's issue of the TECHNOLOGY journal, the research opens up a range of possibilities when it comes to producing electric…





Hold tight, we could expect alien contact in the next 1,500 years!

Over the years, there have been many speculations about extraterrestrial life, with scientists going so far as to propose that laser cloaking could actually hide us from the prying eyes of aliens! Across the globe, a major chunk of scientific research is allocated to the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. In 2014, for instance, NASA published…


New technology inspired from butterfly wings could pave the way for brighter displays

Bio-inspired electronics are no longer a thing of the future, with scientists increasingly looking for ways to replicate complex natural processes in the realm of nanotechnology, robotics and other related fields. In the past, for instance, researchers developed high-definition LCD displays by studying the color-changing abilities of squids and octopuses. Previously, a team from Stanford…


World’s largest math proof runs up to 200 TB in size

An international team of researchers has come up with an ingenious solution for a math problem, with the help of a supercomputer that was programmed to slog through more than a trillion color combination probabilities. If that isn't interesting enough, the solution has made the news as the largest math proof ever generated, running over…


New technology kills bugs and pests by firing laser beams at them

Despite their small size, disease-carrying insects, like mosquitoes and ticks, are known to wreak havoc on the health of human as well as animal populations. Thanks to a surprisingly innovative invention, there's no need to fret anymore. Designed by a team from Washington-based Intellectual Ventures Laboratory, the new technology, known as Photonic Fence, is intended…