Identifying the maker of an artwork by fingerprint examination

Dzemila Sero, now Migelien Gerritzen Fellow at the Rijksmuseum and former postdoc at the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica, together with a team of researchers from the Rijksmuseum, Leiden and Cambridge University, examined the terracotta sculpture “Study for a Hovering Putto” attributed to Laurent Delvaux (1696–1778) and housed in the Rijksmuseum permanent collection. The methodology and … Read more

Generating clean electricity with chicken feathers

The food industry generates enormous amounts of waste and by-products, including from poultry production. Each year, some 40 million metric tons of chicken feathers are incinerated. This not only releases large amounts of CO2, but also produces toxic gases such as sulfur dioxide. Researchers at ETH Zurich and Nanyang Technological University Singapore (NTU) have now … Read more

Disinfection robot boosts sanitation at veterinary medical teaching hospital

Robots are increasingly becoming a part of everyday life. By some estimates, over 14 million Americans own a cleaning robot, robotic lawn mower, robotic suitcase, or other similar device. Human hospitals are also using this new technology to increase cleanliness and prevent the spread of disease. However, a hospital robot—like the one recently acquired by … Read more

Dancing delicacies: Combining food and tech for interactive dining

A new Monash University project programs food to “dance” across platters, providing playful and interactive culinary opportunities for diners and chefs. The research paper, published in the Proceedings of the 2023 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference, explores the design of food as a material through which computer programs can be enacted. Food interaction design researcher … Read more

Researchers unveil tool to help developers create augmented reality task assistants

Augmented reality (AR) technology has long fascinated both the scientific community and the general public, remaining a staple of modern science fiction for decades. In the pursuit of advanced AR assistants—ones that can guide people through intricate surgeries or everyday food preparation, for example—a research team from NYU Tandon School of Engineering has introduced Augmented … Read more

Virtual reality can help emergency services navigate the complexities of real-life crises

The UK has experienced several terrorist attacks, from the 2005 London bombings, to the devastating events at Manchester Arena and London Bridge in 2017. These tragic incidents not only resulted in the loss of innocent lives but were also immensely challenging for emergency response teams. Each of these events required coordination between several different emergency … Read more

The brain gets its own broadband: Electro-quasistatic fields enable broadband communication for brain implants

In recent years, engineers have been working to develop increasingly sophisticated devices that can help humans to interact better with computers. These technologies, including brain-machine interfaces, electroceuticals and wearable health care devices, could potentially advance both existing medical practices and the capabilities of human users. A research team at Purdue University recently introduced a new … Read more

Generating small amounts of electricity by squeezing luffa sponges

A team of mechanical engineers at Beihang University, Peking University and the University of Houston has found that it is possible to capture small amounts of electricity by repeatedly squeezing treated luffa sponges. In their study, reported in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group treated sample luffa sponges and measured the electricity … Read more

Revolutionizing data storage: DNA movable-type system paves the way for sustainable data storage technology

In a study published in Engineering, researchers have developed a revolutionary method for data storage using DNA. The paper titled “Engineering DNA Materials for Sustainable Data Storage Using a DNA Movable-Type System” introduces a novel approach that utilizes DNA fragments, referred to as “DNA movable types,” for data writing, thereby eliminating the need for costly … Read more

Discovering the intention of a person using just brain wave data

A research team led by Professor Sanghyun Park from the Department of Robotics and Mechanical Engineering at DGIST announced that they have developed a few-shot learning model capable of accurately classifying brain waves using a small amount of information. A large amount of brain wave data collected from target subjects is needed for classifying new … Read more