How Electronic Engineers Are Helping Us Unravel The Human Brain

Electronic engineers are emerging as important contributors to our understanding of the workings of the human brain — a scientific development that could lead to breakthroughs in medical treatments of brain disorders and artificial intelligence. But how is this even possible? » 7/08/14 8:45am 7/08/14 8:45am

Meet the scientific accident that could change the world

Last year, researchers at UCLA made a rather fantastic, if serendipitous, discovery. A team of scientists led by chemist Richard Kaner had just finished devising an efficient method for producing high-quality sheets of the Nobel-prize winning supermaterial known as graphene... with a consumer-grade DVD drive. That… » 2/26/13 12:40pm 2/26/13 12:40pm

Breakthrough: Electronic circuits that are integrated with your skin

A team of engineers today announced a discovery that could change the world of electronics forever. Called an "epidermal electronic system" (EES), it's basically an electronic circuit mounted on your skin, designed to stretch, flex, and twist — and to take input from the movements of your body. » 8/11/11 5:22pm 8/11/11 5:22pm

How physics will make earphones less painful

As most people know, a few hours of having an ear bud in their ear leaves them sore and unable to listen any longer. Scientists have figured out what happens during 'listener fatique,' and designed pump-action ear buds that can solve the problem. Find out how you can rock and roll all night, and party every day. » 5/13/11 8:30am 5/13/11 8:30am

Blinky Light Combination Lock Keeps Aliens out of Your Quarters

When I see scifi flicks from the 1960s and 70s, I always love the blocky, blinky lights on all the computers. Though they were obviously considered "futuristic" at some point before we all started fetishizing miniaturization and gesture-based computers. But now the DiY geeks over at Hackaday have found a way to make… » 6/13/08 3:48pm 6/13/08 3:48pm

Nanowire Power Shirt Generates Electricity While You Wear It

Now you can power your cell phone just by wearing a special shirt made of two tiny layers of nanowires that rub against each other as you move. These super-conductive wires are "piezoelectric," generating energy through pressure and movement. The result is a shirt that generates more electricity the more you move… » 4/02/08 3:31pm 4/02/08 3:31pm