Commodity prices mostly declined in August, with energy and non-energy commodities falling 1,7%.
When you think of robotics, you likely think of something rigid, heavy, and built for a specific purpose. New "Robotic Skins" technology developed by Yale researchers flips that notion on its head, allowing users to animate the inanimate and turn everyday objects into robots.
International purchases of imported automotive parts totaled US$386.9 billion in 2017. Overall, the value of auto parts imports rose by 7.6% for all importing countries since 2013 when international purchases of auto parts were valued at $359.8 billion.
International sales for aircraft parts exports by country totaled US$85.1 billion in 2017. Overall, the value of aircraft parts exports rose by an average 26.9% for all exporting countries since 2013 when aircraft parts shipments were valued at $67.1 billion. From 2016 to 2017, exported aircraft parts depreciated by -1.3%.
A ground-breaking advancement in materials research by successfully developing the world's first-ever 4D printing for ceramics, which are mechanically robust and can have complex shapes. This could turn a new page in the structural application of ceramics.
Working to address 'hotspots' in computer chips that degrade their performance, engineers have developed a new semiconductor material, defect-free boron arsenide, that is more effective at drawing and dissipating waste heat than any other known semiconductor or metal materials.
Researchers have figured out how to increase a rechargeable battery's capacity by using aggressive electrodes and then stabilizing these potentially dangerous electrode materials with a highly-fluorinated electrolyte.