A prototype RADAR flashlight that can detect a human's presence through walls and doors should one day make law-enforcement officers' jobs safer. The patent-pending device uses a radar and a specialized signal processor to detect movement by discerning respiration from up to 3m away. No physical connection exists between the subject and radar. The development is part of a family of technologies that also detects heartbeat, according to Gene Greneker, a principal research scientist at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). "Based on respiration signature alone, the flashlight allows us to detect a stationary individual behind a solid wooden door, or standing four feet behind an eight-inch block wall," Greneker explains. The device uses a narrow radar beam of about 15 to 20 degrees to detect body movement generated by breathing. E-mail email@example.com,
The 2014 Ig Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Dr. Kiyoshi Mabuchi and his team members for their work measuring the slipperiness of banana peels. Turns out they're slipperier with the yellow side up.
Many scientists have been working battery-free ways to power wearable electronics that can replace bulky battery packs, particularly through the use of energy-harvesting materials. Now a team of researchers in China have upped the game by developing a lightweight and flexible solar cell that can be woven into two-way energy-harvesting fabric.
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