System Bits: Jan. 8


Measure twice, cut once University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center researchers are working with a robotic device that can perform laparoscopic surgery through a single incision, an operation that typically requires five or six small incisions. The device is called the SP Robot, developed by Intuitive Surgical. It features four arms that go into the body through a 1-inch incision. UT South... » read more

System Bits: Aug. 23


Monitor side-channel signals for IoT device security Thanks to a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) grant, Georgia Tech researchers are working to develop a new technique for wirelessly monitoring IoT devices for malicious software – without affecting the operation of the ubiquitous, and low-power equipment. The team said the technique will rely on receiving and analyzing s... » read more

Power/Performance Bits: March 18


Bionic plants A team of MIT researchers wants to make plants more useful by augmenting them with nanomaterials that could enhance their energy production and give them new functions including environmental pollutant monitoring. The team reported that they’ve boosted the ability of plants to capture light energy by 30% by embedding carbon nanotubes in the chloroplast, the plant organelle w... » read more