A new approach to control forces and interactions between atoms and molecules, such as those employed by geckos to climb vertical surfaces, could bring advances in new materials for developing quantum light sources.
Taking a cue from the Marvel Universe, researchers report that they have developed a self-healing polymeric material with an eye toward electronics and soft robotics that can repair themselves. The material is stretchable and transparent, conducts ions to generate current and could one day help your broken smartphone go back together again.
Three research teams will receive about $10M in funding as part of a $35M materials science discovery program. Provided over four years, the support will be primarily directed at scientific discoveries and advancing a technology that underpins the future of mobility and autonomous systems: energy storage.
Researchers combined a sub-wavelength nanowire with a photonic crystal platform, and demonstrated 2 firsts: Continuous-wave lasing oscillation by sub-wavelength nanowire, as well as high-speed signal modulation by a nanowire laser.
The value of the surface tension of water at room temperature is known accurately to four significant figures and is recommended as a standard for the calibration of other devices. New research now shows that this value is not as universal as previously believed.