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Tiny Light Detectors

Stanford Engineers Develop Tiny Light Detectors That Work like Gecko Ears

Geckos and many other animals have heads that are too small to triangulate the location of noises the way we do, with widely spaced...
3D printing

Origami, 3D Printing Merge to Make Complex Structures in One Shot

“What we have here is the proof of concept of an integrated system for manufacturing complex origami. It has tremendous potential applications,” said Glaucio H....
Fiber Optic Sensor

Fiber Optic Sensor Measures Tiny Magnetic Fields

Researchers have developed a light-based technique for measuring very weak magnetic fields, such as those produced when neurons fire in the brain. The inexpensive...
carbon nanotubes

Carbon Is the New Black

Engineers with the University of Cincinnati are leveraging a partnership with Wright-Patterson Air Force Base to create clothing that can charge your cell phone. Move...
small electronic devices

Stanford Researchers Develop New Method for Waking up Small Electronic Devices

As smartphone users know all too well, a sleeping device can still suck the life out of a battery. One solution for extending the...
Metasurface Optics

Flat Metasurface Optics: Watson Lecture Preview

For hundreds of years, most optical elements like lenses and polarizers have been fabricated using carefully polished pieces of glass or crystals and assembled...
nanotube fibersvideo

Nanotube Fibers in a Jiffy

The terms “handmade” and “high tech” are not commonly found in the same sentence, but they both apply to a Rice University method to...
plasma

Feathers and Whiskers Help Prevent Short Circuits in Plasma Devices

Physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have found a way to prevent plasma — the hot, charged...
steel alloy

Novel Technique Expands Industrial Use of Advanced High-Strength Steel Alloys

The automotive industry’s demand for high-performance alloys known as advanced high-strength (AHS) steels has increased in recent years owing to increasingly tough passenger safety,...
nanocrystal

Researchers Show Thermally Activated Delayed Photoluminescence from Semiconductor Nanocrystals

Researchers from North Carolina State University have found that the transfer of triplet excitons from nanomaterials to molecules also creates a feedback mechanism that...
SensorSat

Monitoring Activity in the Geosynchronous Belt

In the darkness of 2 a.m. on Aug. 26, the sky over Cape Canaveral, Florida, lit up with the bright plume of a Minotaur rocket...
liquid metalvideo

Voltage-driven Liquid Metal Fractals

Researchers from North Carolina State University have found that gallium indium (EGaIn), a liquid metal with one of the highest surface tensions, can be...
computer server

Old Phones Get New Life in High-Powered Computer Servers

In a recent paper, graduate student Mohammad Shahrad and David Wentzlaff, an assistant professor of electrical engineering, demonstrated that it is possible to build...
optical technologies

Single ‘Solitons’ Promising for Optical Technologies

Researchers are a step closer to harnessing single pulses of light called solitons, using tiny ring-shaped microresonators, in findings that could aid efforts to...
generators

Novel Circuit Design Boosts Wearable Thermoelectric Generators

Using flexible conducting polymers and novel circuitry patterns printed on paper, researchers have demonstrated proof-of-concept wearable thermoelectric generators that can harvest energy from body...
climate

Technique Spots Warning Signs of Extreme Events

Many extreme events — from a rogue wave that rises up from calm waters, to an  instability inside a gas turbine, to the sudden...
yarns

No Batteries Required: Energy-Harvesting Yarns Generate Electricity

An international research team led by scientists at The University of Texas at Dallas and Hanyang University in South Korea has developed high-tech yarns...
2D materials

2-Faced 2-D Material Is a First at Rice

Like a sandwich with wheat on the bottom and rye on the top, Rice University scientists have cooked up a tasty new twist on...
metamaterialvideo

Super-Light Graphene and Ceramic Metamaterial Possesses High Strength, Other Attributes

A new featherweight, flame-resistant and super-elastic "metamaterial" has been shown to combine high strength with electrical conductivity and thermal insulation, suggesting potential applications from...
satellite signals

Lockheed Martin Begins Modernizing Receivers for U.S. Air Force’s GPS Signal...

Three of six new Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) developed, state-of-the-art receivers are now deployed to help the U.S. Air Force maintain the accuracy of...