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 […]

Lightweight aerogel suspended in honeycomb structure. Credit: University of Bath Extremely low-density graphene-based aerogel ‘meringue’ can improve passenger comfort and reduce noise up to 80%. An incredibly light new material that can reduce aircraft engine noise and improve passenger comfort has been developed at the University of Bath. The graphene […]

Field trial shows simple QKD system works with existing telecommunication network in Italy. In a new study, researchers demonstrate an automated, easy-to-operate quantum key distribution (QKD) system using the fiber network in the city of Padua, Italy. The field test represents an important step toward implementing this highly secure quantum […]

Stakeholders from government, national laboratories, universities, and industry came together at DOE’s Quantum Internet Blueprint Workshop to identify research objectives and milestones to speed development of our nation’s quantum internet. Credit: Image courtesy of the Department of Energy’s Office of Science Today’s internet connects us globally. It sends packets of […]

ANIMATION Graphene can be used for ultra-high density hard disk drives (HDD), with up to a tenfold jump compared to current technologies, researchers at the Cambridge Graphene Centre have shown. The study, published in Nature Communications, was carried out in collaboration with teams at the University of Exeter, India, Switzerland, […]

Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center The Lunar IceCube CubeSat successfully passed essential environmental testing at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. The spacecraft, pictured above, will fly aboard the upcoming Artemis I mission to the moon as a secondary payload to investigate the amount and distribution of […]