Editor’s Picks

  1. Nano-Chimneys Can Cool Circuits
    1/4/2017

    A few nanoscale adjustments may be all that is required to make graphene-nanotube junctions excel at transferring heat, according to Rice University scientists.

  2. Scientists Use Light To Control The Logic Networks Of A Cell
    1/5/2017

    Proteins are the workhorse molecules of life. Among their many jobs, they carry oxygen, build tissue, copy DNA for the next generation, and coordinate events within and between cells. Now scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have developed a method to control proteins inside live cells with the flick of a switch, giving researchers an unprecedented tool for pinpointing the causes of disease using the simplest of tools: light.

  3. First Real-Life Study Tests Feasibility Of Solar-Powered Implants
    1/5/2017

    Researchers in Switzerland have produced real-life evidence that implanted devices could one day be powered by solar energy. Study participants who wore solar power measurement devices throughout their regular daily activities generated the energy required to power the average contemporary pacemaker, regardless of the weather, season, or age.

  4. U.S. Military's Laser Weapons Development Get Funding Boost
    1/3/2017

    United States President Barack Obama's signing of the year-end defense bill will increase by more than half the U.S. military's funding for laser weapon systems for fiscal year 2017.

  5. Researchers Use World's Smallest Diamonds To Make Wires Three Atoms Wide
    12/26/2016

    Scientists at Stanford University and the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have discovered a way to use diamondoids – the smallest possible bits of diamond – to assemble atoms into the thinnest possible electrical wires, just three atoms wide.

  6. Finnish Researchers Use Plasmonic Nanolaser In Dark And Bright Modes
    1/5/2017

    Researchers at Aalto University in Finland have demonstrated for the first time a new lasing technique operating at visible light frequencies, in both bright and dark modes, by utilizing metallic nanoparticles arranged in a periodic array. Their findings make possible the creation of small and ultrafast on-chip light sources.

  7. FSU Researcher’s Discovery Of New Crystal Structure Holds Promise For Optoelectronic Devices
    1/4/2017

    A Florida State University research team has discovered a new crystal structure of organic-inorganic hybrid materials that could open the door to new applications for optoelectronic devices like light-emitting diodes and lasers.

  8. Making Flat Optical Lenses By Stacking Metasurfaces
    12/28/2016

    Engineers at California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have successfully demonstrated how to stack metasurfaces to form flat optical lenses that can be mass-produced and integrated with electronics and image sensors.

  9. NRL Develops Novel Monolayer Ferroelectric Hybrid Structures
    1/3/2017

    Scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Materials Science and Technology Division, have demonstrated that the intensity and spectral composition of the photoluminescence emitted from a single monolayer of tungsten disulphide (WS2) can be spatially controlled by the polarization domains in an adjacent film of the ferroelectric material lead zirconium titanate (PZT).

  10. Perfection In Sight: SLAC Receives New Mirrors For X-Ray Laser
    8/1/2016

    Scientists are installing new mirrors to improve the quality of the X-ray laser beam at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.