Self-powered MC-TENG device aims to foil forest fires

Researchers have developed MC-TENG, a remote forest fire detection and alarm system powered by the movement of the trees. The new device generates electrical power by harvesting energy from the sporadic movement of the tree branches from which it hangs (Image: MSU) MC-TENG Developed at Michigan State University (MSU), MC-TENG – multi-layered cylindrical triboelectric nanogenerator … Continue reading Self-powered MC-TENG device aims to foil forest fires

Twitter meme ‘knows a spot’ for some absolutely terrible dates

With the coronavirus pandemic keeping us home for the past few months, going on dates and visiting new places have become but distant, fond memories Twitter Meme A new Twitter meme is now softening the sting of social distancing, reminding restless singles that, even if we could go out, trusting your date to bring you … Continue reading Twitter meme ‘knows a spot’ for some absolutely terrible dates

Shapes revealed with stimulation of visual cortex

Researchers in the US have developed a method of stimulating the visual cortex and restoring a degree of vision for people who are blind. This figure illustrates how dynamic stimulation to the visual cortex enables participants to ‘see’ shapes (Image: Beauchamp et al./Cell) For many adults, blindness often results from damage to the eyes or … Continue reading Shapes revealed with stimulation of visual cortex

Leaked Microsoft Surface Duo specs suggest the phone might not be that exciting

After announcing its Surface Duo phone back in October, Microsoft has remained fairly quiet on the device. But it looks like we won't have to wait any longer, thanks to a huge leak by way of Windows Central. At its event last year, Microsoft had only revealed the device would have two 5.6-inch screens (with … Continue reading Leaked Microsoft Surface Duo specs suggest the phone might not be that exciting

Make UK draw up three-point plan for recovery

Make UK is calling on government to extend the furlough scheme for manufacturers so that they can scale up operations once Covid-19 restrictions ease. This is one part of a three-point plan drawn up by the manufacturers association intended to help the sector recover following the Covid-19 crisis. Other measures (see below) include boosting economic … Continue reading Make UK draw up three-point plan for recovery