Engineers have developed a material that could reduce signal losses in photonic devices. The advance has the potential to boost the efficiency of various light-based technologies including fiber optic communication systems, lasers and photovoltaics.
Engineering researchers have designed ultra-flexible, nanoelectronic thread brain probes that can achieve more reliable long-term neural recording than existing probes and don't elicit scar formation when implanted.
Plants are capable of producing powerful movement that is initiated at the molecular level. Researchers now demonstrate that these biological strategies can be re-engineered by interfacing molecular switches with man-made materials.