Editor’s Picks

  1. Engineering Researchers Apply Data Science To Better Predict Effect Of Weather And Other Conditions On Solar Panels
    5/12/2017

    In a new study, a team of researchers from Case Western Reserve University and Gebze Technical University (GTU) in Turkey used data science to determine and predict the effects of exposure to weather and other conditions on materials in solar panels.

  2. Miniaturised ‘Heat Engines’ Could Power Nanoscale Machines Of The Future
    5/12/2017

    Research from The University of Manchester has thrown new light on the use of miniaturised ‘heat engines’ that could one day help power nanoscale machines like quantum computers.

  3. Butterfly Wings Inspire Invention That Opens Door To New Solar Technologies
    5/17/2017

    Engineers have invented tiny structures inspired by butterfly wings that open the door to new solar cell technologies and other applications requiring precise manipulation of light.

  4. Gas Gives Laser-Induced Graphene Super Properties
    5/15/2017

    Rice University scientists who invented laser-induced graphene (LIG) for applications like supercapacitors have now figured out a way to make the spongy graphene either superhydrophobic or superhydrophilic.

  5. Better Cathode Materials For Lithium-Sulfur Batteries
    5/17/2017

    A team at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) has for the first time fabricated a nanomaterial made from nanoparticles of a titanium oxide compound (Ti4O7) that is characterised by an extremely large surface area, and tested it as a cathode material in lithium-sulphur batteries.

  6. Forces Between Atomic Nucleus And Electron In Focus
    5/16/2017

    For the first time, a team led by the TU Darmstadt succeeded in measuring the transition between energy levels with lasers so that underlying theories can be tested with lithium-ionic ions of the Bismuth element, with a surprising result, which researchers now use in Nature Communications "The previous understanding of the interplay between the electron and the atomic nucleus could be erroneous.

  7. Researchers Invented A Tool To Decode And Control Signalling Circuits In Living Cells With Flashes Of Light
    5/17/2017

    Resonance is a familiar concept in music, physics and engineering and underlies technical approaches in chemistry, biology and medicine.

  8. NASA Readies World's First Spaceborne Sodium LIDAR System
    5/18/2017

    Scientists at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center are developing the world's first space-based sodium LIDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) instrument to study the nature and dynamics of the mesosphere, the poorly understood middle layer of the Earth's atmosphere, which lies 40-100 miles above Earth’s surface and separates the planet from the vacuum of space.

  9. EPFL Researchers Turn Mechanical Oscillator Into Quantum Reservoir
    5/16/2017

    Scientists at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) have successfully demonstrated that cooling a mechanical oscillator close to its quantum ground state will turn it into a quantum reservoir that can shape the states of microwave photons in a superconducting circuit. It's the latest attempt to harness microwaves for quantum information processing.

  10. At Last: Beautiful, Consistent Carbon Belts
    5/11/2017

    Chemists have tried to synthesize carbon nanobelts for more than 60 years, but none have succeeded until now. A team at Nagoya University reported the first organic synthesis of a carbon nanobelt in Science.