Blockchain making houses safer

Blockchain technology developed to guarantee the value of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum is now being adopted by engineers as a way to fight off the risk of a hacker breaking into the connected appliances of today’s smart homes. In recent years, domestic appliances smart enough to automate tasks ranging from ordering Christmas gifts … Continue reading “Blockchain making houses safer”

Computer scientists use music to covertly track body movements, activity

As smartphones, tablets, smart TVs and other smart devices become more prevalent in our lives, computer scientists have raised concerns that these network-enabled devices, if not properly secured, could be co-opted to steal data or invade user privacy. Now researchers at the University of Washington have demonstrated how it is possible to transform a smart … Continue reading “Computer scientists use music to covertly track body movements, activity”

Defeating Cyberattacks on 3D Printers

Rutgers University and Georgia Tech engineers have devised three ways to combat cyberattacks on 3-D printers: monitoring printer motion and sounds and using tiny gold nanoparticles. 3D Printers will be attractive targets because 3D-printed objects and parts are used in critical infrastructures around the world, and cyberattacks may cause failures in health care, transportation, robotics, … Continue reading “Defeating Cyberattacks on 3D Printers”

A new method of 3D printing living tissues

Scientists at the University of Oxford have developed a new method to 3D-print laboratory-grown cells to form living structures. The approach could revolutionise regenerative medicine, enabling the production of complex tissues and cartilage that would potentially support, repair or augment diseased and damaged areas of the body. In research published in the journal┬áScientific Reports, an … Continue reading “A new method of 3D printing living tissues”

MIT’s Case study suggests new approach to urban water supply

Researchers have found there is often a strong case for building relatively modest, incremental additions to water infrastructure in advanced countries, rather than expensive larger-scale projects that may be needed only rarely. If you live in the developed world, safe water is usually just a faucet-turn away. And yet, global warming, drought conditions, and population … Continue reading “MIT’s Case study suggests new approach to urban water supply”