Editor’s Picks

  1. Researchers Quickly Harvest 2-D Materials, Bringing Them Closer To Commercialization

    Since the 2003 discovery of the single-atom-thick carbon material known as graphene, there has been significant interest in other types of 2-D materials as well.

  2. Better Catalysts With The Help Of Fine-Tuning At The Atomic Level

    By studying materials down to the atomic level, researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have found a way to make catalysts more efficient and environmentally friendly. The results have been published in Nature Communications. The methods can be used to improve many different types of catalysts.​

  3. New NIST Method Measures 3D Polymer Processing Precisely

    Recipes for three-dimensional (3D) printing, or additive manufacturing, of parts have required as much guesswork as science. Until now

  4. Recycling Of Photovoltaic Waste Boosts Circular Economy

    According to the EU’s Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive, 85 % of PV waste must be recovered and 80 % recycled and reused, by 2018.

  5. This Time, It's All Bio: SwissFEL Makes Protein Structures Visible

    For the development of new medicinal agents, accurate knowledge of biological processes in the body is a prerequisite. Here proteins play a crucial role.

  6. New Imaging Tool Captures How Sound Moves Through The Chinchilla Ear

    Researchers have developed a new device that can be used to visualize how sound-induced vibrations travel through the ear. The technology is providing new insight into how the ear receives and processes sound waves and, with additional development, might one day be used by physicians to diagnose diseases that affect hearing.

  7. Columbia Engineers Build Smallest Integrated Kerr Frequency Comb Generator

    Optical frequency combs can enable ultrafast processes in physics, biology, and chemistry, as well as improve communication and navigation, medical testing, and security. The Nobel Prize in Physics 2005 was awarded to the developers of laser-based precision spectroscopy, including the optical frequency comb technique, and microresonator combs have become an intense focus of research over the past decade.

  8. When Light, Not Heat, Causes Melting

    The way that ordinary materials undergo a phase change, such as melting or freezing, has been studied in great detail. Now, a team of researchers has observed that when they trigger a phase change by using intense pulses of laser light, instead of by changing the temperature, the process occurs very differently.

  9. Bursting The Clouds For Better Communication

    We live in an age of long-range information, transmitted either by underground optical fibre or by radio frequency from satellites.

  10. Xenics At IDEX 2013: See Under All Situational And Weather Conditions

    Xenics, Europe's only developer and manufacturer of advanced InGaAs detector solutions and covering the complete infrared wavelength, is proving the breadth of its in-house design and production capabilities at IDEX 2013.