A startup is retrofitting gas and diesel commercial vans and trucks with fuel-saving “add-on”...
A team of researchers has used a novel material that’s just a few atoms thick to create devices...
Flawed but colorful diamonds are among the most sensitive detectors of magnetic fields known today, allowing physicists to explore the minuscule magnetic fields in metals, exotic materials and even human tissue.
Light can trigger coordinated, wavelike motions of atoms in atom-thin layers of crystal, scientists have shown. The waves, called phonon polaritons, are far shorter than light waves and can be "tuned" to particular frequencies and amplitudes by varying the number of layers of crystal.
Researchers took advantage of nanofabrication advances to improve the resolution of nanoscale biosensors to levels almost as sensitive as those achieved by much larger commercial systems.
A new technology could see flexible electronics, such as roll-up tablet computers, widely available in the near future.
Scientists are saying sound waves may be key to creating the perfect cheese, as research into a new milk separation process looks to revolutionize the dairy industry.
Future lunar missions may be fueled by gas stations in space. According to engineers, a spacecraft might dock at a propellant depot, somewhere between the Earth and the moon, and pick up extra rocket fuel before making its way to the lunar surface.
Results of a study on ballast projections in exceptional winter conditions have enabled Swiss Federal Railways to setup measures to improve safety around the tracks.
Insulation materials of tomorrow must be both efficient and environmentally friendly. Now, scientists are developing insulation foam made from wood that could replace petrochemical plastics in the long term.
Rough zinc oxide coatings can prevent silicon parts inside ever-shrinking electronics from interfering with each other.
A new twist on a very old physics technique could have a profound impact on one of the most buzzed-about aspects of nanoscience.
LEDs are durable and save energy. Now, researchers have found a way to make LED lamps even more compact while supplying more light than commercially available models.
Students, participating in the DOE’s Solar Decathlon competition, focused their efforts on designing a house that could be quickly constructed and assembled to meet the needs of families affected by tornadoes. They entered the competition with a 1,000-square-foot solar-powered modular house.
A research team is exploring the use of metamaterials— artificial materials engineered to have exotic properties not found in nature— to create devices that manipulate sound in versatile and unprecedented ways.
Scientists have pulled up isolated molecular chains from a gold surface, using the tip of an atomic force microscope. The observed signal provides insight into the detachment force and binding energy of molecules.
Exciting plasmons could impact everything from national defense, information technology, lighting, optics and imaging.
Physics students have shown that humans could fly like birds on Saturn’s moon while wearing a wingsuit– provided they could get a run up of over 11 meters per second.
Physicists have succeeded in measuring how the surfaces of glassy materials flow like a liquid, even when they should be solid. A series of simple and elegant experiments solved this problem that has been plaguing condensed matter physicists for the past 20 years.
An international team of scientists has paved the way for a new class of magnetic materials and devices with improved performance and power efficiency.
The Global Precipitation Measurement Core Observatory, a joint Earth-observing mission between NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, has thundered into space from Japan.
The U.S. imports all of its natural graphite, but mining companies are searching locations from Alaska to Alabama, optimistic about future demand.
NASA could have prevented last summer's near-drowning of a spacewalking astronaut at the International Space Station, an investigation panel concluded this week.
Physicists used an ultrafast laser and help from theorists to discover a new semiconductor quasiparticle— a handful of smaller particles that briefly condense into a liquid-like droplet.
Computer simulations have shown that offshore wind farms with thousands of wind turbines could have sapped the power of three real-life hurricanes, significantly decreasing their winds and accompanying storm surge and possibly preventing billions of dollars in damages.
Researchers have devised a way of making tiny holes of controllable size in sheets of graphene, a development that could lead to ultrathin filters for improved desalination or water purification.
Platinum nanoparticles, used as a catalyst in fuel cells, limit their size and organize into specific patterns when bonded to freestanding graphene. This organization makes it more reactive than it usually is.
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