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gallium nitride wafer

Thinking Thin Brings New Layering and Thermal Abilities to the Semiconductor...

What would a simple technique to remove thin layers from otherwise thick, rigid semiconductor crystals mean for the semiconductor industry? This concept has been...

Thinking Thin Brings New Layering and Thermal Abilities to the Semiconductor...

In a breakthrough for the semiconductor industry, researchers demonstrate a new layer transfer technique called “controlled spalling” that creates many thin layers from a...
Disease Detection

Miniature Technology, Big Hope for Disease Detection

The field of medicine is always on the lookout for better disease diagnostic tools—simpler, faster, and cheaper technologies to enhance patient treatment and outcomes....
scintillators

Scintillating discovery at Sandia Labs

Taking inspiration from an unusual source, a Sandia National Laboratories team has dramatically improved the science of scintillators — objects that detect nuclear threats....
microscopevideo

Microscope Can Scan Tumors During Surgery and Examine Cancer Biopsies in...

When women undergo lumpectomies to remove breast cancer, doctors try to remove all the cancerous tissue while conserving as much of the healthy breast...
Entangled Photons

Bug-proof Communication with Entangled Photons

Due to the rapidly growing processing power of computers, conventional encryption of data is becoming increasingly insecure. One solution is coding with entangled photons....
Rot Fungi

The Two Faces of Rot Fungi

Yoghurt, beer, bread and specialities such as tasty blue cheeses or good wine – special microorganisms and refining processes first produce the pleasant flavours...
cleaning robot

An Energy-efficient Cleaning Robot

At a solar energy farm just outside Budapest in Hungary, a cleaning robot is industriously getting on with today’s task. Hundreds of square metres...
Sluggish Electrons, Neurodegeneration, cancer

Turmoil in Sluggish Electrons’ Existence

An international team of physicists has monitored the scattering behavior of electrons in a non-conducting material in real-time. Their insights could be beneficial for...
solar cells

Glass for Solar Cells and Phone Screens Resists Light Degradation

The Science For materials in solar cells, cell phones, and other devices, the material should not change in undesirable ways when exposed to sunlight. Scientists...
nanoscale

Sensing the Nanoscale with Visible Light

A general rule in optics is that light is insensitive to features which are much smaller than the optical wavelength. In fact, the whole...
liquid crystal

Observation of the Phase Transition of Liquid Crystal Defects

KAIST researchers observed the phase transition of topological defects formed by liquid crystal (LC) materials for the first time. The phase transition of topological defects,...
electrons

Turmoil in Sluggish Electrons’ Existence

We can refer to electrons in non-conducting materials as ‘sluggish’. Typically, they remain fixed in a location, deep inside an atomic composite. It is...
fish

Seattle Seawall’s Novel Fish Features Are a Potential Model for the...

As tourists and residents visit Seattle’s downtown waterfront, it may not be immediately apparent they are walking on arguably the largest, most ambitious urban...
brain implants

Making Brain Implants Smaller Could Prolong Their Lifespan

Many diseases, including Parkinson’s disease, can be treated with electrical stimulation from an electrode implanted in the brain. However, the electrodes can produce scarring,...
solar cells

Next-gen Solar Cells Could Be Improved by Atomic-scale Redesign

Solar cells harness energy from the Sun and provide an alternative to non-renewable energy sources like fossil fuels. However, they face challenges from costly...
Rupert’s dropsvideo

Research Solves Centuries-old Riddle of Prince Rupert’s Drops

Small glass structures resembling tadpoles that can withstand the blows of a hammer and yet burst into powdery dust by simply snipping their threadlike...
stroke

Stroke Patients Take the Lead in Their Rehabilitation

Every year, 17 million people worldwide suffer strokes, and a third are left paralyzed on one side of their body. But current rehabilitation solutions...
battery

Quartz Powder for the Battery of the Future

The lithium-sulphur battery is considered a promising candidate for future energy storage devices: The materials required are inexpensive, environmentally friendly, and readily available. Above...
3D-printed transparent glass

Lab Breakthrough in 3D Printing of Glass

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists and academic collaborators have demonstrated the synthesis of transparent glass through 3D printing, a development that could ultimately lead...