Army collaboration produces new test station for missile warning system
Collaboration between the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) and the Army Reprogramming Analysis Team (ARAT) has led to development of a new integrated support station (ISS) for testing software used in the Army's aircraft missile warning systems.
Researchers develop world’s thinnest electric generator
Researchers have reported the first experimental observation of piezoelectricity and the piezotronic effect in an atomically thin material, molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), resulting in a unique electric generator and mechanosensation devices that are optically transparent, extremely light, and very bendable and stretchable.
Snakes and snake-like robots show how sidewinders conquer sandy slopes
Researchers report that sidewinder snakes improve their ability to traverse sandy slopes by simply increasing the amount of their body area in contact with the granular surfaces they’re climbing. The information could help search-and-rescue robots traverse such sandy environments.
Automated imaging system looks underground to help improve crops
Researchers have developed an automated imaging technique for measuring and analyzing the root systems of mature plants. The work could help plant scientists improve food crops to help meet the needs of a growing world population.
Crowdsourcing could lead to better water in rural India
A research team from three continents is evaluating a novel environmental crowdsourcing technique for monitoring water quality in India. The technique relies on 53-cent test kits and the nation’s ubiquitous mobile phone service.