Materials

Fish-like flow sensing on underwater vehicles

Ajay Giri Prakash Kottapalli, Meghali Bora Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), Jianmin Miao Nanyang Technological University, Singapore & Michael Triantafyllou Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Natural biological sensors, designed, tested, and adapted via evolutionary processes, typically exhibit sensing performances that far exceed those currently achieved by human-engineered sensors. Bioinspired and biomimetic flow velocity sensors, inspired by the mechanosensory lateral-line system found in blind cavefish, can be used for a wide range of applications including underwater robots.
5 February 2017

The Virtual Drive

Michel Ferreira, Pedro Gomez, Michelle Krüger Silvéria & Fausto Vieira University of Porto
Augmented Reality (AR) has significant economic potential because it embeds virtual objects into physical reality at negligible marginal costs, while maintaining targeted advertising capabilities similar to those of the internet.
1 June 2014

Assistive Technology and Audiovisual Translation

Emmanouela Patiniotaki Imperial College London
Online tools such as Audiovisual Translation (AVT) and Assistive Technology (AST) have the potential to aid the provision of university-level educational material for people with sensory impairments such as blindness and deafness.
1 October 2013

Biotech and Big Pharma

Kiran Nandra Oxbridge Biotech Roundtable
From improving the process of food production to keeping up with the demands of a rising population, to developing novel and sophisticated biological treatments for life-threatening diseases, biotech can and does impact multiple aspects of our life.
1 October 2013

Metabonomics: The Future for Clinical Treatment?

Kyrillos Adesina-Georgiadis Imperial College London
Metabonomics, namely the observation of small molecules within a biological sample, has emerged as a new potential treatment due to the complexity of mainstream genetic and biomedical research.
1 October 2013

Curiosity Seeks Clues to Past Life on Mars

Angelica Angles The University of Hong Kong
Well over 3.5 billion years ago when liquid water was present on Mars, it may have harboured primitive microbial-like life. If humans are ever to travel to Mars, the availability of resources will play a crucial part in the planning of such missions.
1 October 2013
Research

The Quest for a Better Bionic Hand

Silvestro Micera Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Jacopo Carpaneto Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna & Stanisa Raspopovic Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
The hand is a crucial part of the body, and the desire to replace it following an amputation – with trauma or cancer being the main underlying causes – is a natural one. Existing bionic hands are already good substitutes for the natural limb yet a number of limitations prevail.
1 May 2013

Re-Thinking Rural Architecture in Syria

M. Hosam Jiroudy The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts
This article outlines a model for developing rural housing in Syria by means of relying on local resources including labour, materials and techniques.
1 October 2012

Nanotechnology for Sustainable Development

Antonio Torrisi Imperial College London
The science of the very small, nanotechnology could play a key role in tackling many sustainable development issues ranging from fresh water supply and food decontamination to green technology.
1 October 2012

The Age of Minor Metals

Kartik Rao Metalysis Ltd.
Recent friction in the field of rare earths and platinum group metals demonstrate that it will be essential to find a mutually beneficial outcome for the mineral wealthy and the technology rich.
1 October 2012

Sunny Side Up: Photovoltaics of the Future

Jenny Nelson & Christopher Emmott Imperial College London
Until now only a fraction of 1% of energy has been provided by direct conversion of solar energy, but that is set to change: International Energy Agency projections anticipate that some 11% of electric power will be provided by solar technologies by 2050.
1 October 2012

Burying Our Nuclear Legacy

Georgios Katsigiannis Imperial College London
Geological disposal appears to be the best available approach to long-term nuclear waste management in the UK.
1 October 2012

Lighting up Lives with Energy Efficient Lighting

Michelle Moram Imperial College London
New Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology could potentially achieve a reduction of 15% in total electricity consumption in developed countries
1 May 2012
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