This week on Txchnologist, we talked to engineers have made powerful muscles from fishing line and sewing thread that could one day make superstrong robots. These inexpensive materials could let robots make subtle facial expressions and lift tons from here to there.
University of Limerick researchers have doubled the battery life of lithium-ion batteries while also speeding up their charge times. The scientists hope to improve battery technologies to make electric-vehicle use more widespread.
With some cute food science innovations, martinis are made even better with tiny alcohol-powered boats that can navigate the high seas of a glass. Chemical and Engineering News visited celebrity chef Jose Andres’ culinary lab to see what other gadgets were adding flare to cocktails.
We also learned about SensFloor, an advanced flooring that monitors movement and can tell when someone is walking or may have fallen. Such a system is being used in a few European nursing homes to make sure senior citizens are safe.
McGill University engineers, meanwhile, have made a counterintuitive discovery: engraving microscopic cracks in glass actually makes it 200 times tougher. Researchers were inspired by the mother-of-pearl coating in mollusk shells.
Now we’re bringing you the news and trends we’ve been following this week in the world of science, technology and innovation.