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“Gloogle?” Google Patent Glues Pedestrians to Self-Drive Cars

Posted by Clayton Luz

Jul 28, 2016 9:22:33 AM

Google has patented an adhesive that would protect pedestrians struck by an autonomous vehicle by gluing them to the car’s hood. The idea, as noted by the patent, is to prevent “a secondary impact between the pedestrian and the road surface or other object.”

Topics: Chemicals

Safer, Better Lithium Batteries

Posted by Clayton Luz

Jul 26, 2016 5:00:00 AM

Researchers at the University of Maryland have pioneered a flexible, solid-state, ion-conducting membrane based on a 3D Li-ion conducting ceramic nanofiber network. High capacity, high safety, and long lifespan are three of the most important key factors to developing rechargeable lithium batteries for applications including portable electronics and electrical vehicles. 

Topics: Energy and Resources

Software Adds Pressure Sensitivity to Any Phone Using Ultrasonics

Posted by Clayton Luz

Jul 25, 2016 6:00:00 AM

A new software enables the body of any smartphone to sense force that would allow you to issue commands through your phone simply by squeezing it. For example, you could dial 911 by squeezing your smartphone in a certain pattern in your palm. Or, using a different pattern, turn the music on or flip a page on the screen.

Topics: Manufacturing

Wave Energy Powers Unique Desalination Device

Posted by Clayton Luz

Jul 21, 2016 6:00:00 AM

A start-up company’s trio of founders is hoping its innovative desalination technology will help coastal communities around the world meet the dire need for drinking water, including in their home state of North Carolina.

Topics: Membrane and Separation Technology

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