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Briefs : Nanotechnology
Nickel with Nanoscale Pores Has the Strength of Titanium and Density of Water
Nickel with Nanoscale Pores Has the Strength of Titanium and Density of Water

Titanium is as strong as steel but about twice as light. These properties depend on the way a metal’s atoms are stacked but random defects that arise in the...

Nickel with Nanoscale Pores Has the Strength of Titanium and Density of Water
INSIDER : RF & Microwave Electronics
Converting Wi-Fi Signals to Electricity with New 2-D Materials
Converting Wi-Fi Signals to Electricity with New 2-D Materials

Devices that convert AC electromagnetic waves into DC electricity are known as “rectennas.” MIT Researchers have demonstrated a new kind of rectenna, that uses a flexible...

Converting Wi-Fi Signals to Electricity with New 2-D Materials
INSIDER : Power
Expanding the Use of Silicon in Batteries — By Preventing Electrodes from Expanding
Expanding the Use of Silicon in Batteries — By Preventing Electrodes from Expanding

Researchers from Drexel University say that adding MXene to silicon anodes could extend the life of Li-ion batteries by as much as five times. It’s able...

Expanding the Use of Silicon in Batteries — By Preventing Electrodes from Expanding
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Graphene's Magic Is in the Defects
Graphene's Magic Is in the Defects

A team of researchers at the New York University Tandon School of Engineering and NYU Center for Neural Science has solved a longstanding puzzle of how to build ultra-sensitive, ultra-small, electrochemical...

Graphene's Magic Is in the Defects
Articles : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Additive Manufacturing Using Infrared and X-Ray Imaging
Additive Manufacturing Using Infrared and X-Ray Imaging

Additive manufacturing is poised to liven the pace and scale of manufacturing. Deploying a range of techniques that use 3-D models to print objects layer by layer, it can generate a...

Additive Manufacturing Using Infrared and X-Ray Imaging
Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Nano-Optic Endoscope Sees Deep into Tissue at High Resolution
Nano-Optic Endoscope Sees Deep into Tissue at High Resolution

The diagnosis of diseases based in internal organs often relies on biopsy samples collected from affected regions. But collecting such samples is highly error-prone due to the...

Nano-Optic Endoscope Sees Deep into Tissue at High Resolution
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Individual Quantum Dots Imaged in 3-D for the First Time
Individual Quantum Dots Imaged in 3-D for the First Time

Researchers have developed an imaging technique that uses a tiny, super sharp needle to nudge a single nanoparticle into different orientations and capture 2-D images to help...

Individual Quantum Dots Imaged in 3-D for the First Time
Briefs : Materials
Microfabrication Technique Modifies Semiconductor Material Atom-by-Atom
Microfabrication Technique Modifies Semiconductor Material Atom-by-Atom

To keep up with Moore's Law — an observation made in the 1960s that the number of transistors on an integrated circuit doubles about every two years — researchers...

Microfabrication Technique Modifies Semiconductor Material Atom-by-Atom
Articles : Design
Lightweighting in Aerospace Component and System Design
Lightweighting in Aerospace Component and System Design

Lightweighting design is an extensively explored and utilized concept in many industries, especially in aerospace applications, and is associated with the green aviation concept. The...

Lightweighting in Aerospace Component and System Design
Briefs : Materials
“Metallic Wood” Has the Strength of Titanium and the Density of Water
“Metallic Wood” Has the Strength of Titanium and the Density of Water

Titanium is as strong as steel but about twice as light. These properties depend on the way a metal's atoms are stacked, but random defects that arise in the...

“Metallic Wood” Has the Strength of Titanium and the Density of Water
Briefs : Energy
Nanoscale Pillars Act as Memory Foam
Nanoscale Pillars Act as Memory Foam

A customizable nanomaterial was developed that combines metallic strength with a foam-like ability to compress and spring back. The material can store and release mechanical energy on the nanoscale, and...

Nanoscale Pillars Act as Memory Foam
Blog : Electronics & Computers
Graphene Breakthrough Puts Nanolithography ‘Back in the Toolbox’
Graphene Breakthrough Puts Nanolithography ‘Back in the Toolbox’
Graphene may play a greater role in tomorrow electronics, thanks to an achievement from the Technical University of Denmark.
Graphene Breakthrough Puts Nanolithography ‘Back in the Toolbox’
INSIDER : Electronics & Computers
Innovative Technique Could Pave the Way for New Generation of Flexible Electronic Components
Innovative Technique Could Pave the Way for New Generation of Flexible Electronic Components

The quest to develop microelectronic devices with increasingly smaller size, which underpins the progress of the global semiconductor industry has...

Innovative Technique Could Pave the Way for New Generation of Flexible Electronic Components
Briefs : Materials
Method Increases Adhesive Properties of Silicone
Method Increases Adhesive Properties of Silicone

Geckos, spiders, and beetles have special adhesive elements on their feet, enabling them to easily run along ceilings or walls. The science of bionics tries to imitate and control such...

Method Increases Adhesive Properties of Silicone
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Ultrasensitive Chip-Based Sensors

An optical whispering gallery mode resonator was developed that can spin light around the circumference of a tiny sphere millions of times, creating an ultrasensitive, microchip-based sensor for multiple applications.

Briefs : Materials
Self-Powering Sensor Using a Nano-Energy Harvester
Self-Powering Sensor Using a Nano-Energy Harvester

Existing nanosensor technologies depend on an external power source (typically a battery) to operate. Chemical and biological sensors based on nanowire or nanotube technologies exhibit...

Self-Powering Sensor Using a Nano-Energy Harvester
Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Film Blocks Electromagnetic Interference

Electromagnetic interference (EMI) can harm smartphones, tablets, chips, drones, wearables, aircraft, and human health. EMI is increasing with the explosive proliferation of devices that generate it. A technique was developed to produce relatively low-cost EMI-blocking composite films.

Application Briefs : Nanotechnology
Connectors Prove Pivotal in Nanosatellite-Based Communication Network
Connectors Prove Pivotal in Nanosatellite-Based Communication Network
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Farlington, Portsmouth, UK
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There are certain areas of the planet that are simply too sparsely inhabited for it to be economically...

Connectors Prove Pivotal in Nanosatellite-Based Communication Network
Briefs : Materials
Ultrathin, Ultralight “Nanocardboard” Recovers Shape After Bending
Ultrathin, Ultralight “Nanocardboard” Recovers Shape After Bending

When choosing materials to make something, tradeoffs need to be made among properties such as thickness, stiffness, and weight. A new material called nanocardboard was...

Ultrathin, Ultralight “Nanocardboard” Recovers Shape After Bending
Blog : Nanotechnology
What is 'Metallic Wood?' Nickel, Plus Nano-Pores
What is 'Metallic Wood?' Nickel, Plus Nano-Pores
By adding nanopores to nickel, James Pikul and his team created a kind of "metallic wood."
What is 'Metallic Wood?' Nickel, Plus Nano-Pores
Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Ultra-Thin “Meta-Lens” Enables Full-Color Imaging
Ultra-Thin “Meta-Lens” Enables Full-Color Imaging

Light of different colors travels at different speeds in different materials and structures. This is why we see white light split into its constituent colors after refracting through a...

Ultra-Thin “Meta-Lens” Enables Full-Color Imaging
Briefs : Nanotechnology
Microresonators Offer Simpler Approach to Sensing With Light Pulses
Microresonators Offer Simpler Approach to Sensing With Light Pulses

Ultrashort optical pulses are becoming more and more relevant in a number of applications including distance measurement, molecular fingerprinting and ultrafast sampling....

Microresonators Offer Simpler Approach to Sensing With Light Pulses
Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Materials Move in Response to Light
Materials Move in Response to Light

In biology, there are many examples where light induces movement or change — think of flowers and leaves turning toward sunlight. Magnetic elastomeric composites were developed that move in different...

Materials Move in Response to Light
Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Control of the Diameter and Chiral Angle Distributions During Production of Single-Wall Carbon Nanotubes
Control of the Diameter and Chiral Angle Distributions During Production of Single-Wall Carbon Nanotubes

Pulsed laser vaporization (PLV) production of single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) on traditional Co/Ni catalyst was explored with...

Control of the Diameter and Chiral Angle Distributions During Production of Single-Wall Carbon Nanotubes
Briefs : Photonics/Optics
3D Inks Can Be Erased Selectively
3D Inks Can Be Erased Selectively

3D printing allows for the efficient manufacture of complex geometries. A very promising method is direct laser writing in which a computer-controlled focused laser beam acts as a pen and produces the...

3D Inks Can Be Erased Selectively
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
New Laser for Improving Telecommunications and Computing
New Laser for Improving Telecommunications and Computing

The first laser based on the wave physics phenomenon called bound states in the continuum (BIC) has been developed. The technology could revolutionize the development of surface...

New Laser for Improving Telecommunications and Computing
Briefs : Transportation
Device Detects Subatomic-Scale Motion
Device Detects Subatomic-Scale Motion

It is relatively easy to measure small movements of large objects, but is much more difficult when the moving parts are on the scale of nanometers, or billionths of a meter. The ability to accurately...

Device Detects Subatomic-Scale Motion
Articles : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Innovators Recognized for "Creating the Future" 2018
Innovators Recognized for

The Create the Future Design Contest was launched in 2002 to help stimulate and reward engineering innovation. In the past 16 years, the annual contest has drawn more than 13,000 product...

Innovators Recognized for
Briefs : Semiconductors & ICs
Method Enables Electronic Components to be Printed Like Newspapers
Method Enables Electronic Components to be Printed Like Newspapers

Cellphones, laptops, tablets, and many other electronics rely on their internal metallic circuits to process information at high speed. Current metal fabrication techniques...

Method Enables Electronic Components to be Printed Like Newspapers
Briefs : Nanotechnology
Nano-Additives Increase the Service Life of Concrete
Nano-Additives Increase the Service Life of Concrete

A new method increases the service life of concrete structures by reducing the infiltration rates of deleterious ions. The key is a nano-sized additive that slows down penetration of...

Nano-Additives Increase the Service Life of Concrete