Editor’s Picks

  1. NASA Piggybacks Spectrograph On Comm Satellite To Study Ionosphere’s RF Disruption

    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is set to launch its Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) mission to study Earth's near-space environment and better understand what disrupts radio signals and satellites used for communications and the Global Positioning System (GPS) for radio navigation.

  2. Quantum ‘Spooky Action At A Distance’ Becoming Practical

    Scientists from Griffith University have overcome a major challenge in applying a strange quantum effect to real applications.

  3. Exploring Alien Worlds With Lasers

    In everyday life we look and touch things to find out what they are made of. A powerful scientific technique does the same using lasers – and in two years’ time it will fly in space for the first time.

  4. Harnessing Algae: New, Greener Fuel Cells Move Step Closer To Reality

    A new design of algae-powered fuel cells that is five times more efficient than existing plant and algal models, as well as being potentially more cost-effective to produce and practical to use, has been developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge. 

  5. Harvard-Produced Metalens Is “Next Big Step” In Optics, Virtual Reality

    Scientists at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have built the first single lens that can focus the entire visible spectrum of light. The breakthrough means bulky stacked lenses could soon be replaced with simpler, flat metalenses — without loss of resolution.

  6. Nanotube Fibers In A Jiffy

    The terms “handmade” and “high tech” are not commonly found in the same sentence, but they both apply to a Rice University method to quickly produce fibers from carbon nanotubes.

  7. Pulses Of Light To Encrypt Data And Protect Security Of Cryptocurrencies

    Data travels through thousands of miles of fiber optic cables underneath the world’s oceans–via pulses of light. And according to experts, the data in these cables is at great risk of being intercepted.

  8. Extremely Bright And Fast Light Emission

    A type of quantum dots that has been intensively studied in recent years can reproduce light in all colors and is very bright

  9. In The Kaleidoscope Of Quantum Physics

    Roughly 100 years after the quantum nature of light and matter was discovered, quantum physics is experiencing a kind of revolution. New techniques based, in particular, on the controlled interaction of laser beams with atoms make it possible to explore the mysteries of nature on the one hand, while also setting the basis for future “quantum devices”, such as quantum computers.

  10. New Graphene Production Method Broadens Perspectives For Improved Use

    Graphene, a crystal composed of only one layer of carbon atoms arranged in a regular hexagon, is regarded as a material which is believed to be capable of performing miracles, in particular in the fields of electronics, sensor technology and display technology, but also in metrology.