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Electronics manufacturing's endless migration

Manufacturing plant

18 May 2015

Contract electronics manufacture sees countries vie for the business as they try to get on the development ladder, and there is no end in sight.

Acoustic levitation - floating on air

A Nonresonant acoustic levitation device in action

18 May 2015

Magnetic levitation is well known, but acoustic levitation's progress has been slow, though highly significant. So how far can we exploit sound waves to make objects float on air?

Programmable matter: shape-shifting microbots get it together

A scene from Terminator 2 as the liquid steel android emerges from fire

18 May 2015

It is already possible to get robots to swarm and communicate, but will it be possible to take the next steps and make bots that can metamorphose with or without intervention?