By Sean Kane
Posted 11.28.2011 at 5:57 pm 4 Comments
We've seen insects with microchips attached used as zombie drones and weapon trackers, thanks to DARPA. But now a group at the University of Michigan has a plan to unleash cyborg insects equipped with sensors as first responders in dangerous environments.
Finding large-scale sources of kinetic energy to turn turbines isn't easy. But while there are only so many roaring rivers and flat, windy plains from which to harvest nature's natural motions, there's no shortage of tiny, random vibrations all around us. Now researchers at the University of Michigan have developed mini-generators that harness these.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.