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  • The power of perovskite
    on August 18, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    Researchers improve perovskite-based technology in the entire energy cycle, from solar cells harnessing power to LED diodes to light the screens of future electronic devices and other lighting applications. […]

  • Superconductivity research reveals potential new state of matter
    on August 16, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    A potential new state of matter is being reported with research showing that among superconducting materials in high magnetic fields, the phenomenon of electronic symmetry breaking is common. The ability to find similarities and differences among classes of materials with phenomena such as this helps researchers establish the essential ingredients that cause novel functionalities such as superconductivity. […]

  • Computer scientists use music to covertly track body movements, activity
    on August 16, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    Researchers have demonstrated how it is possible to transform a smart device into a surveillance tool that can collect information about the body position and movements of the user, as well as other people in the device's immediate vicinity. […]

  • Look ma, no hands: Researchers use vacuum for hands-free patterning of liquid metal
    on August 15, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    Engineers have utilized vacuum to create a more efficient, hands-free method for filling complex microchannels with liquid metal. […]

  • Engineers charge ahead on zinc-air batteries
    on August 15, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    Researchers have found a solution for one of the biggest stumbling blocks preventing zinc-air batteries from overtaking conventional lithium-ion batteries as the power source of choice in electronic devices. […]

  • Single molecules can work as reproducible transistors -- at room temperature
    on August 14, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    Researchers have now reproducibly demonstrated current blockade -- the ability to switch a device from the insulating to the conducting state where charge is added and removed one electron at a time -- using atomically precise molecular clusters at room temperature. The study shows that single molecules can function as reproducible circuit elements such as transistors or diodes that can easily operate at room temperature. […]

  • First truly microfluidic 'lab on a chip' device 3-D printed
    on August 14, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    Researchers have 3-D printed a viable microfluidic device small enough to be effective at a scale much less than 100 micrometers. […]

  • Researchers obtain decacene, the largest acene synthesized ever
    on August 14, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    A research collaboration prepared stable decacene precursors by solution chemistry, while physicists used these precursors to prepare decacene on a gold surface under ultra-high vacuum, in order to stabilize this extremely reactive compound. […]

  • New ultrathin semiconductor materials exceed some of silicon's 'secret' powers
    on August 11, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    Chip makers appreciate what most consumers never knew: silicon's virtues include the fact that it 'rusts' in a way that insulates its tiny circuitry. Two new ultrathin materials share that trait and outdo silicon in other ways that make them promising materials for electronics of the future. […]

  • New handheld spectral analyzer uses power of smartphone to detect disease
    on August 10, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    Researchers have developed technology that enables a smartphone to perform lab-grade medical diagnostic tests that typically require large, expensive instruments. […]

  • IV and cellular fluids power flexible batteries
    on August 10, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    Researchers have engineered bendable batteries that can run on body-inspired liquids such as normal IV saline solution and cell-culture medium. The authors designed alternatives to lithium-ion batteries by focusing on the mechanical-stress demands of wearable electronics such as smartwatches and the safety requirements of implantable electronics. […]

  • New battery is activated by your spit
    on August 8, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    Researchers have developed the next step in microbial fuel cells (MFCs): a battery activated by spit that can be used in extreme conditions where normal batteries don't function. […]

  • New CubeSat propulsion system uses water as propellant
    on August 7, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    A new type of micropropulsion system for miniature satellites called CubeSats uses an innovative design of tiny nozzles that release precise bursts of water vapor to maneuver the spacecraft. […]

  • Breakthrough device heals organs with a single touch
    on August 7, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    Researchers have developed a device that can switch cell function to rescue failing body functions with a single touch. The technology, known as Tissue Nanotransfection (TNT), injects genetic code into skin cells, turning those skin cells into other types of cells required for treating diseased conditions. […]

  • Low-power cold-atom source developed for atomic clocks, physics experiments
    on August 3, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    A reversible alkali atom source has been developed that runs at low power and low voltage, which is beneficial in applications such as smaller, more efficient, and ultimately portable atomic clocks that use cold atoms. […]

  • System automatically retouches cellphone images in real-time
    on August 2, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    Researchers have created a new system that can automatically retouch images in the style of a professional photographer. It's so energy-efficient, however, that it can run on a cellphone, and it's so fast that it can display retouched images in real-time, so that the photographer can see the final version of the image while still framing the shot. […]

  • Automated painting of individual pieces
    on August 2, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    Reductions of 20 percent in paint use, 15 percent in energy consumption and 5 percent in production time – the SelfPaint automated painting system offers significant advantages compared to manual painting operations, which have previously been the preferred option. SelfPaint’s biggest advantage could well be that it is also suitable for painting individual pieces, known in industry as batch size 1. […]

  • Logic circuits with diamond-based transistors
    on August 2, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    Scientists have succeeded in developing logic circuits equipped with diamond-based MOSFETs (metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect-transistors) at two different operation modes. This achievement is a first step toward the development of diamond integrated circuits operational under extreme environments. […]

  • A semiconductor that can beat the heat
    on July 31, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    A newly discovered collective rattling effect in a type of crystalline semiconductor blocks most heat transfer while preserving high electrical conductivity - a rare pairing that scientists say could reduce heat buildup in electronic devices and turbine engines, among other possible applications. […]

  • Energy storage solution combines polymers, nanosheets
    on July 31, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    A new, lightweight composite material for energy storage in flexible electronics, electric vehicles and aerospace applications has been experimentally shown to store energy at operating temperatures well above current commercial polymers, according to a team of scientists. This polymer-based, ultrathin material can be produced using techniques already used in industry. […]

  • Metal instability achieves energy-efficient nanotechnology
    on July 31, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    Researchers show their nanowire resonators can be used to miniaturize energy-efficient electronics. […]

  • New magnet has nearly massless charge carriers
    on July 28, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    Advances in modern electronics has demanded the requisite hardware, transistors, to be smaller in each new iteration. Recent progress in nanotechnology has reduced the size of silicon transistors down to the order of 10 nanometers. However, for such small transistors, other physical effects set in, which limit their functionality. The recent discoveries of topological materials -- a new class of relativistic quantum materials -- hold great promise for use in energy saving electronics. […]

  • Artificial light from digital devices lessens sleep quality
    on July 28, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    Blue light emitted from digital devices could contribute to the high prevalence of reported sleep dysfunction, suggests new research. […]

  • Fundamental breakthrough in the future of designing materials
    on July 27, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    A breakthrough has been made in the area of material design -- one that challenges the commonly held view on how the fundamental building blocks of matter come together. Scientists have shown that the granular building blocks in copper can never fit together perfectly, but are rotated causing an unexpected level of surface roughness. This behavior, previously undetected, will have important implications for how materials are designed. […]

  • New method promises easier nanoscale manufacturing
    on July 27, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    A new way to precisely pattern nanomaterials has been revealed by researchers, who say that it could open a new path to the next generation of everyday electronic devices. […]

  • Physicists turn a crystal into an electrical circuit
    on July 27, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    Physicists have found a way to write an electrical circuit into a crystal, opening up the possibility of transparent, three-dimensional electronics that, like an Etch A Sketch, can be erased and reconfigured. […]

  • Strange electrons break the crystal symmetry of high-temperature superconductors
    on July 26, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    Scientists have found surprising electron behavior that may help unravel the ever-elusive mechanism behind high-temperature superconductivity -- a phenomenon in which electrical current flows freely without resistance through a material at unusually high temperatures relative to those of conventional superconductors. […]

  • Living computers: RNA circuits transform cells into nanodevices
    on July 26, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    Scientists have demonstrated how living cells can be induced to carry out computations in the manner of tiny robots or computers. […]

  • Atomic discovery opens door to greener, faster, smaller electronic circuitry
    on July 26, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    A key step in unlocking the potential for greener, faster, smaller electronic circuitry was taken recently by a group of researchers. The research team found a way to delete and replace out-of-place atoms that had been preventing new revolutionary circuitry designs from working. This unleashes a new kind of silicon chips for used in common electronic products, such as our phones and computers. […]

  • Taking technology to the next level
    on July 26, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Physicists have developed a new hybrid integrated platform, promising to be a more advanced alternative to conventional integrated circuits. The researchers demonstrated their approach is mass manufacturable, making it possible to integrate the platform into everyday electronic equipment like smartphones. For end users this technical advance means it may lead to faster internet on their next-generation electronic devices. […]