To demonstrate the ability of the Constrained Cyber Communication device to block a cyberattack on the power grid, researchers constructed a 36-foot long mobile substation and connected it to INL’s full-scale Power Grid Test Bed. Credit: Chris Morgan, Idaho National Laboratory Researchers from Idaho National Laboratory and New Mexico-based Visgence […]

Artist illustration of the X-59 Quiet SuperSonic Technology aircraft, which will soon take skies as NASA’s first purpose-built, supersonic experimental plane in decades. Credit: Lockheed Martin A heavy chorus of bolting and machinery filled the X-59 Quiet SuperSonic Technology, or QueSST, assembly building as engineers, system technicians, and aircraft fabricators […]

Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus spacecraft atop the company’s Antares rocket lifts off Feb. 20, 2021, to deliver important science and cargo to the International Space Station on the company’s 15th commercial resupply services mission for NASA. Credits: NASA A research team at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have 3D printed a thermal […]

With its novel subterranean, triangular design, Europe’s Einstein Telescope would be a gravitational wave observatory unlike any other. ET CONCEPTUAL DESIGN TEAM It’s far from a done deal, but plans by European physicists to build a huge new gravitational wave observatory with a radical design received a boost this week. […]

ANIMATION Year after year, the explosive growth of computing power relies on manufacturers’ ability to fit more and more components into the same amount of space on a silicon chip. That progress, however, is now approaching the limits of the laws of physics, and new materials are being explored as […]

A recent study from Penn Engineering researchers provides new insights into why silicon anodes in lithium-ion batteries rapidly degrade and fail. Using advanced imaging techniques and high-contrast gold to stand in for silicon, they’ve shown how pieces of the anode are trapped in the chemical layer that forms in each […]

Engineers at MIT, Caltech, and ETH Zürich find “nanoarchitected” materials designed from precisely patterned nanoscale structures (pictured) may be a promising route to lightweight armor, protective coatings, blast shields, and other impact-resistant materials. Credit: Courtesy of the researchers The new carbon-based material could be a basis for lighter, tougher alternatives […]