Scientists Create Robot Fish That Collect Microplastics

Scientists at Polymer Research Institute of Sichuan University have invented tiny, self-propelled robot fish that can be programmed to remove free-floating microplastics from the sea by latching onto and absorbing them into its self-healing body. Inspired by nacre, commonly referred to as mother of pearl, researchers set out to create a similar sea-worthy material. They did so by “layering various microscopic sheets of molecules according …

A Search Engine For Your Memories

If you’ve ever forgotten someone’s name or had trouble recalling a certain thought, you know how frustrating it is to finally give up on trying to remember it. James Kozloski, an inventor at IBM who focuses on computational and applied neuroscience, is working to create a cognitive assistant that can help solve this problem. He recently filed a patent for a program that can basically …

CH25: Meredith Perry

How searching the internet helped a 22-year-old invent wireless electricity

Meredith Perry has brought us a step closer to a wireless world with her invention of wireless electricity. Called uBeam, it’s the only wireless power system that allows you to charge your device while moving around a room. Perry founded uBeam when she was 22 years old, shortly after graduating from The University of Pennsylvania in astrobiology. In spite of her Ivy League degree and …