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  • Atomic imperfections move quantum communication network closer to reality
    on June 23, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    An international team of scientists has discovered how to manipulate a weird quantum interface between light and matter in silicon carbide along wavelengths used in telecommunications. […]

  • Bioengineers create more durable, versatile wearable for diabetes monitoring
    on June 23, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    Researchers are getting more out of the sweat they've put into their work on a wearable diagnostic tool that measures three diabetes-related compounds in microscopic amounts of perspiration. In a study, the team describes their wearable diagnostic biosensor that can detect three interconnected compounds - cortisol, glucose and interleukin-6 - in perspired sweat for up to a week without loss of signal integrity. […]

  • Flexible wearable electronics use body heat for energy
    on June 22, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    In a proof-of-concept study, engineers have designed a flexible thermoelectric energy harvester that has the potential to rival the effectiveness of existing power wearable electronic devices using body heat as the only source of energy. […]

  • A 100-year-old physics problem has been solved
    on June 22, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    Researchers have found a way around what was considered a fundamental limitation of physics for over 100 years. They were able to conceive resonant systems that can store electromagnetic waves over a long period of time while maintaining a broad bandwidth. Their study opens up a number of doors, particularly in telecommunications. […]

  • Quantum thermometer or optical refrigerator?
    on June 22, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    In an arranged marriage of optics and mechanics, physicists have created microscopic structural beams that have a variety of powerful uses when light strikes them. […]

  • Catalyst mimics the z-scheme of photosynthesis
    on June 22, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    A new study demonstrates a process with great potential for developing technologies for reducing CO2 levels. […]

  • Smooth propagation of spin waves using gold
    on June 22, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    A scientist has elucidated the noise generation mechanism of the spin wave (SW), the wave of a magnetic moment transmitted through magnetic oxide, and established a way to suppress it. The large noise generated by SWs traveling through magnetic oxides has presented a significant obstacle to its applications. However, it became clear that noise can be suppressed by installing a thin gold film in the appropriate places. […]

  • Plant inspiration could lead to flexible electronics
    on June 21, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    Versatile, light-weight materials that are both strong and resilient are crucial for the development of flexible electronics, such as bendable tablets and wearable sensors. Aerogels are good candidates for such applications, but until now, it's been difficult to make them with both properties. Now, researchers report that mimicking the structure of the 'powdery alligator-flag' plant has enabled them to make a graphene-based aerogel that meets these needs. […]

  • To connect biology with electronics, be rigid, yet flexible
    on June 19, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    Scientists have measured a thin film made of a single type of conjugated polymer — a conducting plastic — as it interacted with ions and electrons. They show how there are rigid and non-rigid regions of the film, and that these regions could accommodate electrons or ions — but not both equally. […]

  • Nickel for thought: Compound shows potential for high-temperature superconductivity
    on June 17, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Researchers have identified a nickel oxide compound as an unconventional but promising candidate material for high-temperature superconductivity. The project combined crystal growth, X-ray spectroscopy and computational theory. […]

  • Making wires of polymers chains
    on June 16, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    Researchers have modeled a new route to molecular wires suitable for use in miniature electronics. […]

  • Laying the foundations for hybrid silicon lasers
    on June 16, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    A new technique for manufacturing hybrid silicon lasers paves the way for low-cost, mass-produced photonic devices usable in a range of applications. […]

  • Wearable sensor helps people keep tabs on drinking
    on June 16, 2017 at 1:37 am

    Electrical engineers are creating a wearable sensor to help people manage their alcohol intake. […]

  • New chemical method could revolutionize graphene
    on June 15, 2017 at 1:12 am

    Scientists have discovered a new chemical method that enables graphene to be incorporated into a wide range of applications while maintaining its ultra-fast electronics. […]

  • New technology will enable properties to share solar energy
    on June 14, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    New technology will enable properties to share solar energy and will mean low energy bills for consumers. […]

  • Solar paint offers endless energy from water vapor
    on June 14, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    Researchers have developed a compound that draws moisture from the air and splits it into oxygen and hydrogen. The hydrogen can be captured as a clean fuel source. […]

  • Superconducting nanowire memory cell, miniaturized technology
    on June 13, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    Researchers have developed a new nanoscale memory cell that holds tremendous promise for successful integration with superconducting processors. The new technology provides stable memory at a smaller size than other proposed memory devices. […]

  • Graphene transistor could mean computers that are 1,000 times faster
    on June 13, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    Transistors based on graphene ribbons could result in much faster, more efficient computers and other devices. Researchers use a magnetic field to control current flow. […]

  • Active implants: How gold binds to silicone rubber
    on June 13, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    Flexible electronic parts could significantly improve medical implants. However, electroconductive gold atoms usually hardly bind to silicones. Researchers have now been able to modify short-chain silicones in a way, that they build strong bonds to gold atoms. […]

  • Lab on a chip could monitor health, germs and pollutants
    on June 12, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    Imagine wearing a device that continuously analyzes your sweat or blood for different types of biomarkers, such as proteins that show you may have breast cancer or lung cancer. Engineers have invented biosensor technology -- known as a lab on a chip -- that could be used in hand-held or wearable devices to monitor your health and exposure to dangerous bacteria, viruses and pollutants. […]

  • New computing system takes its cues from human brain
    on June 12, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    Researchers have created a new computing system that aims to tackle one of computing's hardest problems in a fraction of the time. […]

  • Smarter use of mobile data
    on June 12, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    The data constantly collected and reported by smartphones can find numerous applications. An new project devoted to crowdsensing has found ways to improve privacy and localization accuracy as well as reduce the impact on hardware. […]

  • Graphene electrodes offer new functionalities in molecular electronic nanodevices
    on June 9, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    An international team of researchers has revealed a new way to tune the functionality of next-generation molecular electronic devices using graphene. The results could be exploited to develop smaller, higher-performance devices for use in a range of applications including molecular sensing, flexible electronics, and energy conversion and storage, as well as robust measurement setups for resistance standards.&nbs […]

  • The first nanometrically-sized superelastic alloy
    on June 9, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    Researchers have explored superelasticity properties on a nanometric scale based on shearing an alloy's pillars down to nanometric size. The researchers have found that below one micron in diameter the material behaves differently and requires much higher stress for it to be deformed. This superelastic behavior is opening up new channels in the application of microsystems involving flexible electronics and microsystems that can be implanted into the human body. […]

  • Tiny glow sticks
    on June 9, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    Optical data transmission allows information to be transmitted as light by way of optical waveguides in fiber optic networks. Researchers have now developed microscale optical waveguides. They have made microrods of lanthanide metal-organic frameworks. Their particular crystal structure ensures low-loss light conduction and the emission of polarized light. […]

  • Observation of skyrmion breathing motion with X-ray technique
    on June 8, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    A research team has identified the breathing movement of skyrmion, which up to now had only been theoretical. The future development of next generation communication devices with ultra-low power and ultra-high frequency based on skyrmion are expected. […]

  • Optical communication using solitons on a photonic chip
    on June 8, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    Researchers have used optical silicon nitride micro-resonators on a photonic chip that can easily be integrated into compact communication systems. Their demonstration allows a transmission of data rate of 55 terabits per second over a distance of 75 kilometers. […]

  • Nanowires, the future of electronics
    on June 7, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    The current demand for small-sized electronic devices is calling for fresh approaches in their design, report scientists. […]

  • Spin effects in solution-based nanocrystals
    on June 7, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    Wet-chemically produced nanocrystals are becoming more and more powerful. Now a research group has succeeded in substantiating electronic spin effects in such nanoplatelets. In this way, more cost-effective and more powerful transistors and computer chips with lower power consumption are conceivable in the future. […]

  • A more sustainable way to refine metals
    on June 7, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    A team of chemists has developed a way to process metals without using toxic solvents and reagents. The system, which also consumes far less energy than conventional techniques, could greatly shrink the environmental impact of producing metals from raw materials or from post-consumer electronics. […]