Rob Coppinger

Rob Coppinger is a freelance science and engineering journalist. Originally a car industry production engineer, he jumped into journalism and has written about all sorts of technologies from fusion power to quantum computing and military drones. He lives in France.

Ancient Japanese kirigami techniques used to design flexible & stretchable electronics

A humanoid robot with a skin that can detect its environment or a soldier with smart armour that harvests energy for anti-chemical weapon sensors are two possible applications for


Graphene Eating Silkworms Can Spin for Wearable Electronics

For thousands of years, animals and plants have been used for clothing, from cotton to wool, to silk from silkworms. In the 20th and 21st centuries, other methods, such as genetic


Can a clever microfluidic band-aid stop the cheats?

At the end of a gruelling 5,000-metre Olympics race, the athletes push themselves past the finish line, the winners apparently obvious to all. But, moments later an Olympics offici