(Click HERE for full view.) This illustrates how an experimental memory technology stores data by shifting the relative position of three atomically thin layers of metal, depicted as gold balls. The swirling colors reveal how a shift in the middle layer affects the motion of electrons in a way that […]

An artist’s illustration of the light-activated antenna-reactor catalyst Rice University engineers designed to break carbon-fluorine bonds in fluorocarbons. The aluminum portion of the particle (white and pink) captures energy from light (green), activating islands of palladium catalysts (red). In the inset, fluoromethane molecules (top) comprised of one carbon atom (black), […]

Credit: TU Delft Phase transitions play an important role in materials. However, in two-dimensional materials, the most famous of which is graphene, phase transitions can be very difficult to study. Researchers from Delft University of Technology and the University of Valencia have developed a new method that helps to solve this […]

Microscope image, recorded using a scanning tunneling microscope, of the detector device (inside the dashed rectangle), connected to a wire consisting of nine magnetic atoms. Credit: TU Delft Researchers at Delft University of Technology have developed a sensor that is only 11 atoms in size. The sensor is capable of […]

MIT engineers have designed a “brain-on-a-chip,” smaller than a piece of confetti, that is made from tens of thousands of artificial brain synapses known as memristors — silicon-based components that mimic the information-transmitting synapses in the human brain. The researchers borrowed from principles of metallurgy to fabricate each memristor from alloys […]

An artist’s conception of the superlens compressing a laser beam into more manageable, lower-wavelength electromagnetic oscillations. Scroll down for a more accurate graphic representation. Credit: Daria Sokol/MIPT Press Office Plasmon nanojet: Physicists implement efficient mechanism for subwavelength focusing of plasmons. Russian and Danish researchers have made a first-ever experimental observation […]

Infrared (heat) image shows a heating device made from steam-cracked tar, annealed with a laser, which was formed into an MIT logo to demonstrate the controllability of the process. Credit: Courtesy of the researchers Dirty Carbon Reveals a Sophisticated Side Tar, the everyday material that seals seams in our roofs […]

Animation Scientists create smallest semiconductor laser that works in visible range at room temperature. An international team of researchers led by researchers from ITMO University announced the development of the world’s most compact semiconductor laser that works in the visible range at room temperature. According to the authors of the […]

Artist’s depiction of the IKAROS spaceprobe (the first spacecraft to successfully demonstrate solar sail technology in interplanetary space) in flight. Credit: Andrzej Mirecki A tiny sail made of the thinnest material known – one carbon-atom-thick graphene – has passed initial tests designed to show that it could be a viable material to […]

Experts from the University of Surrey believe their dream of clean energy storage is a step closer after they unveiled their ground-breaking super-capacitor technology that is able to store and deliver electricity at high power rates, particularly for mobile applications. In a paper published by the journal Energy and Environmental Materials, […]