Engineering Electronics & communications

Thin Graphene Oxide Nanosheets Safe for Human Inhalation in First Controlled Clinical Trial

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Graphene oxide has generated substantial interest globally with applications in electronics, energy, medicine, and more. However, uncertainties around the human health impacts of manufactured nanomaterials have raised safety concerns over widespread use. Graphene oxide (GO) is a unique two-dimensional nanomaterial derived from graphene, the world's thinnest and strongest...

UCLA Engineers Unveil High-Speed Solid-State Thermal Transistor for Advanced Heat Control

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UCLA engineers have unveiled a novel solid-state thermal transistor capable of rapidly switching heat flows on and off using an electric field—a long-sought innovation that could usher in a new era of advanced heat management technologies. The research team's room-temperature thermal transistor demonstrated record-high speeds, switching cycles, and...

New Strategy Improves Accuracy of Snake-Inspired Robots for Complex Environments

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Slithering through rubble and debris, a robotic snake winds deep inside a collapsed building. Guided by algorithms and remote sensors, it deftly navigates tight spaces and shifting wreckage. Behind it, a rescue worker monitors the feed from its camera eyes, searching for trapped victims. Scenarios like this demonstrate...