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Building a Quantum Network One Node at a Time

Researchers create ‘optically active spin arrays’ within a device that could serve as a node for exchanging photons with distant …


Model for Acid-Tolerant Yeast Helps Guide Industrial Organic Acid Production

Microbes and other microscopic organisms could serve as sustainable ‘factories’ to create many types of industrial materials because they naturally convert nutrients such as sugars into …


Luminescent Wood Could Light Up Homes of the Future

The right indoor lighting can help set the mood, from a soft romantic glow to bright, stimulating colors. But some materials used for lighting, such as plastics, are not eco-friendly. Now, …


Research Lays Groundwork for Ultra-Thin, Energy Efficient Photodetector on Glass

Though we may not always realize it, photodetectors contribute greatly to the convenience of modern life. Also known as photosensors, photodetectors convert light energy into electrical signals to …


Scientists Grow Carbon Nanotube ‘Forest’ Much Longer Than Any Other

Carbon nanotube (CNT) forests are a solution to scaling up the production of CNTs, which are becoming a staple in many industries. However, even the best catalyst used to grow these forests …


3D Print Experts Discover How to Make Tomorrow’s Technology Using Ink-Jet Printed Graphene

Researchers have cracked the conundrum of how to use inks to 3D-print novel electronic devices with useful properties, such as an ability to convert light into …


Desalination: Industrial-Strength Brine, Meet Your Kryptonite

A thin coating of the 2D nanomaterial hexagonal boron nitride is the key ingredient in a cost-effective technology developed by engineers for desalinating industrial-strength …


Implantable Device Can Monitor and Treat Heart Disease

Researchers reported developing a cardiac patch made from fully rubbery electronics that can be placed directly on the heart to collect electrophysiological activity, temperature, heartbeat and other …


Increasing the Efficiency of Organic Solar Cells

Organic solar cells are cheaper to produce and more flexible than their counterparts made of crystalline silicon, but do not offer the same level of efficiency or stability. Researchers demonstrated …


New Protein Nanobioreactor Designed to Improve Sustainable Bioenergy Production

Researchers have unlocked new possibilities for the future development of sustainable, clean bioenergy. The study shows how bacterial protein ‘cages’ can be reprogrammed as nanoscale …


‘Transparent Solar Cells’ Can Take Us Towards a New Era of Personalized Energy

Solar power has shown immense potential as a futuristic, ‘clean’ source of energy. No wonder environmentalists worldwide have been looking for ways to advance the current solar cell …


Printing Plastic Webs to Protect the Cellphone Screens of the Future

Follow the unbreakable bouncing phone! A team recently demonstrated that a fabric designed using additive manufacturing absorbs up to 96% of impact energy — all without …


Room Temperature Conversion of CO2 to CO: A New Way to Synthesize Hydrocarbons

Researchers have demonstrated a room-temperature method that could significantly reduce carbon dioxide levels in fossil-fuel power plant exhaust, one of the main sources of carbon emissions in the …


Researchers Invent Flexible and Highly Reliable Sensor

A novel sensor material is five times better than conventional soft materials and could be used in wearable health technology devices, or in robotics to perceive surface …


Intelligent Cameras Enhance Human Perception

A team of researchers has developed an intelligent camera that achieves not only high spatial and temporal but also spectral resolution. The camera has a wide range of applications that can improve …


Rotation of a Molecule as an ‘Internal Clock’

Using a new method, physicists have investigated the ultrafast fragmentation of hydrogen molecules in intense laser fields in detail. They used the rotation of the molecule triggered by a laser pulse …


A New Spin on Atoms Gives Scientists a Closer Look at Quantum Weirdness

A team of researchers has developed a new way to control and measure atoms that are so close together no optical lens can distinguish …


‘Green’ Method for Making Pharmaceutical Intermediates

Scientists develop cHAT to simplify the reduction of alkenes to more useful intermediate molecules for drugs and other useful chemical …


A New Way to Create a Spectrum of Natural-Looking Hair Colors

Northwestern University researchers have developed a new way to create a spectrum of natural-looking hair colors, ranging from blond to black, by using enzymes to catalyze synthetic …


Catalysts for Isotactic Polar Polypropylenes

Polypropylene (PP) is one of the most widely used plastics in the world. By controlling the spatial orientation of the propylene building blocks and additional polar components, it should be possible …