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  • The 'missing link' in conducting molecules, butadiene -- solved
    on April 24, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    Trans 1,3-butadiene, the smallest polyene, has challenged researchers over the past 40 years because of its complex excited-state electronic structure and its ultrafast dynamics. Butadiene remains the 'missing link' between ethylene, which has only one double bond, and longer linear polyenes with three or more double bonds. Now, an experimental team has solved trans 1,3-butadiene's electronic-structural dynamics. […]

  • Getting electrons to move in a semiconductor
    on April 24, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    Researchers have shown that a wide-bandgap semiconductor called gallium oxide can be engineered into nanometer-scale structures that allow electrons to move much faster within the crystal structure. With electrons that move with such ease, Ga2O3 could be a promising material for applications such as high-frequency communication systems and energy-efficient power electronics. […]

  • Smart phone as a faster infection detector
    on April 24, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    Researchers have developed a low-cost, portable laboratory on a phone that works nearly as well as clinical laboratories to detect common viral and bacterial infections. The work could lead to faster and lower-cost lab results for fast-moving viral and bacterial epidemics, especially in rural or lower-resource regions where laboratory equipment and medical personnel are sometimes not readily available. […]

  • Swirling liquids work similarly to bitcoin
    on April 23, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    The physics involved with stirring a liquid operate the same way as the mathematical functions that secure digital information. This parallel could help in developing even more secure ways of protecting digital information. […]

  • Paint job transforms walls into sensors, interactive surfaces
    on April 23, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    Walls are what they are -- big, dull dividers. With a few applications of conductive paint and some electronics, however, walls can become smart infrastructure that sense human touch, and detect things like gestures and when appliances are used. Researchers found that they could transform dumb walls into smart walls at relatively low cost using simple tools and techniques, such as a paint roller. […]

  • New study shows wearable technology also contributes to distracted driving
    on April 23, 2018 at 12:53 pm

    A new study examines wearable technology and whether it affects drivers' concentration. Scientists have discovered that while a driver texting with a wearable device can marginally reduce their level of distraction, it ultimately makes texting while driving just as dangerous as with an ordinary cell phone. […]

  • Path to a new era of microelectronics
    on April 20, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    A new microchip technology capable of optically transferring data could solve a severe bottleneck in current devices by speeding data transfer and reducing energy consumption by orders of magnitude, according to a new article. […]

  • Rare earth magnet recycling is a grind -- this new process takes a simpler approach
    on April 20, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    A new recycling process turns discarded hard disk drive magnets into new magnet material in a few steps, and tackles both the economic and environmental issues typically associated with mining e-waste for valuable materials. […]

  • Graphene sets a new record on squeezing light to one atom
    on April 20, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    Researchers reach the ultimate level of light confinement -- the space of one atom. This will pave the way to ultra-small optical switches, detectors and sensors. […]

  • Integrating optical components into existing chip designs
    on April 19, 2018 at 9:26 pm

    A new technique can assemble optical and electronic components separately on the surface of a computer chip, enabling the addition of optical components to existing chips with little design modification. […]

  • How to bend and stretch a diamond
    on April 19, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    Brittle diamond can turn flexible and stretchable when made into ultrafine needles, researchers at MIT and elsewhere have discovered. […]

  • Electrochemical tuning of single layer materials relies on defects
    on April 19, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    Perfection is not everything, according to an international team of researchers whose 2-D materials study shows that defects can enhance a material's physical, electrochemical, magnetic, energy and catalytic properties. […]

  • Researchers achieve HD video streaming at 10,000 times lower power
    on April 19, 2018 at 5:09 pm

    Engineers have developed a new HD video streaming method that doesn't need to be plugged in. Their prototype skips power-hungry components and has something else, like a smartphone, process the video instead. […]

  • Anyone can be an innovator, research finds
    on April 19, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    Innovators aren't born, but they can be made, a recent study suggests. Researchers created a contest -- for engineering and computer science students -- designed to answer the question: Are persuaded innovators less capable than those who naturally gravitate to innovative activities? […]

  • Ultrafast electron oscillation and dephasing monitored by attosecond light source
    on April 18, 2018 at 6:14 pm

    Researchers successfully observed petahertz (PHz: 1015 of a hertz) electron oscillation. The periodic electron oscillations of 667-383 attoseconds (as: 10-18 of a second) is the fastest that has ever been measured in the direct time-dependent spectroscopy in solid-state material. […]

  • One step closer to understanding explosive sensitivity with molecule design
    on April 18, 2018 at 6:14 pm

    Explosives have an inherent problem -- they should be perfectly safe for handling and storage but detonate reliably on demand. […]

  • Robot developed for automated assembly of designer nanomaterials
    on April 18, 2018 at 3:16 pm

    Engineers have developed a robot that can identify, collect, and manipulate two-dimensional nanocrystals. The robot stacked nanocrystals to form the most complex van der Waals heterostructure produced to date, with much less human intervention than the manual operations previously used to produce van der Waals heterostructures. This robot allows unprecedented access to van der Waals heterostructures, which are attractive for use in advanced electronics. […]

  • Flexible TVs and high performance wearable smart tech one step closer
    on April 18, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    Flexible televisions, tablets and phones as well as 'truly wearable' smart tech are a step closer thanks to a nanoscale transistor just created. […]

  • New tool speeds up the design of wearable tech
    on April 17, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    People could soon power items such as their mobile phones or personal health equipment by simply using their daily movements, thanks to a new research tool that could be used by manufacturers. […]

  • Sodium ion batteries using copper sulfide developed
    on April 17, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    Researchers recently developed sodium ion batteries using copper sulfide anode. This finding will contribute to advancing the commercialization of sodium ion batteries (SIBs) and reducing the production cost of any electronic products with batteries. […]

  • From insulator to conductor in a flash
    on April 16, 2018 at 10:56 pm

    A clever combination of novel technologies enables us to study promising materials for the electronics of tomorrow. Using short laser pulses, a research team have now shed light on the extremely rapid processes taking place within novel materials. […]

  • When nuclei catch up with electrons
    on April 16, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    In an attosecond study of the H2 molecule physicists found that for light atomic nuclei -- as contained in most organic and biological molecules -- the correlation between electronic and nuclear motions cannot be ignored. […]

  • Two robots are better than one: 5G antenna measurement research
    on April 16, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    Researchers continue to develop new antenna measurement methods, this time for future 5G wireless communications systems. […]

  • Some superconductors can also carry currents of 'spin'
    on April 16, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    Researchers have shown that certain superconductors -- materials that carry electrical current with zero resistance at very low temperatures -- can also carry currents of 'spin'. The successful combination of superconductivity and spin could lead to a revolution in high-performance computing, by dramatically reducing energy consumption. […]

  • Scientists uncover how to stop cyber intrusions
    on April 16, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    Researchers have found a proverbial smoking gun signature of the long sought-after Majorana particle, and the find, they say, could block intruders on sensitive communication networks. […]

  • When superconductivity disappears in the core of a quantum tube
    on April 13, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    Predicting the behavior of electrons in a material is not easily done. Physicists have replaced the electrons with ultra-cold neutral lithium atoms that they had circulated in a one-dimensional quantum tube. The scientists were able to confirm an unusual state of matter that retains its insulation regardless of the level of attraction between the particles. This work opens the way to new materials with atypical properties. […]

  • Wiggling atoms switch the electric polarization of crystals
    on April 12, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    A time-resolved x-ray experiment now elucidates that tiny atomic vibrations shift negative charges over a 1000 times larger distance between atoms and switch the macroscopic polarization on a time scale of a millionth of a millionth of a second. […]

  • Recycling experts hit milestone in quest for zero-waste phone
    on April 12, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    UBC researchers have perfected a process to efficiently separate fiberglass and resin -- two of the most commonly discarded parts of a cellphone -- bringing them closer to their goal of a zero-waste cellphone. […]

  • Deep learning transforms smartphone microscopes into laboratory-grade devices
    on April 12, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    Researchers have demonstrated that deep learning, a powerful form of artificial intelligence, can discern and enhance microscopic details in photos taken by smartphones. The technique improves the resolution and color details of smartphone images so much that they approach the quality of images from laboratory-grade microscopes. […]

  • New quantum method generates really random numbers
    on April 11, 2018 at 5:16 pm

    Researchers have developed a method for generating numbers guaranteed to be random, through the use of quantum mechanics. The experimental technique surpasses all previous methods for ensuring the unpredictability of its random numbers and may enhance security and trust in cryptographic systems. […]