Farewell, expensive single-charge batteries. A new concept becomes proven reality, as MicroGen's nanotechnology-based energy harvester - researched and developed by the company at the Cornell NanoScale Science and Technology Facility - begins commercial-scale production this summer.
If quantum computers are ever to be built, qubits will have to be made more robust and more numerous. New work by scientists at the Joint Quantum Institute addresses both of these concerns - noise reduction and scalability.
Microchips play an important role in industrial and household electronics. Their miniaturized circuits must not only function faultlessly but also consume as little energy as possible. Researchers are now working on making the tiny devices even more efficient.
Metal elements and molecules interact in the body but visualizing them together has always been a challenge. Researchers from the RIKEN Center for Life Science Technologies in Japan have developed a new molecular imaging technology that enables them to visualize bio-metals and bio-molecules simultaneously in a live mouse.
By using light, researchers at UC Santa Barbara have manipulated the quantum state of a single atomic-sized defect in diamond - the nitrogen-vacancy center - in a method that not only allows for more unified control than conventional processes, but is more versatile, and opens up the possibility of exploring new solid-state quantum systems.
An interdisciplinary team of researchers has created the first digital cameras with designs that mimic those of ocular systems found in dragonflies, bees, praying mantises and other insects. This class of technology offers exceptionally wide-angle fields of view, with low aberrations, high acuity to motion, and nearly infinite depth of field.
An old trick used to purify protein samples based on their affinity for water has found new fans at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), where materials scientists are using it to divvy up solutions of carbon nanotubes, separating the metallic nanotubes from semiconductors. They say it's a fast, easy and cheap way to produce high-purity samples of carbon nanotubes for use in nanoscale electronics and many other applications.
Using the same devious mechanism that enables some bacteria to shrug off powerful antibiotics, scientists have developed solar-powered nanofilters that remove antibiotics from the water in lakes and rivers twice as efficiently as the best existing technology.
Scientists from IBM today unveiled the world's smallest movie, made with one of the tiniest elements in the universe: atoms. Named 'A Boy and His Atom', the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS-verified movie used thousands of precisely placed atoms to create nearly 250 frames of stop-motion action.