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Scientists forge ahead with electron microscopy to build quantum materials atom by atom

October 19th, 2018 at 9:37 am » Comments Off

With a STEM microscope, ORNL’s Ondrej Dyck brought two, three and four silicon atoms together to build clusters and make them rotate within a layer of graphene, a two-dimensional layer of carbon atoms that exhibits unprecedented strength and high electrical conductivity. Credit: Ondrej Dyck/Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Dept. of Energy A novel technique that […]



This water gun can cut through concrete

October 12th, 2018 at 8:19 am » Comments Off

How do firefighters put out a blaze when they can’t reach the flames? That’s the challenge firefighters confronted in 2008, when a B-2 Stealth Bomber crashed on the runway at an American airbase in Guam. The crew successfully ejected, but the hugely expensive aircraft was completely destroyed by a fire that burned deep within its […]



This new Lithium battery tech can simply suck up CO2 to power itself

October 8th, 2018 at 11:48 am » Comments Off

We need this right now! Everybody knows the world’s got a serious carbon dioxide problem, but an ingenious and potentially cost-effective way of dealing with our surplus CO2 could provide the means of tomorrow’s battery technology. For years scientists have looked at ways of capturing carbon and storing it underground or even potentially in the […]



This “Robotic Skin” can turn pretty much anything into a robot

October 6th, 2018 at 10:58 am » Comments Off

Inanimate objects coming to life — the stuff of nightmares? Not so when you can control the objects thanks to “robotic skin.” Then it’s just really, really cool. You don’t have to take our word for it, either. Yale researchers have actually created this robotic skin, and they posted a video of it in action […]



Two people with paralysis walk again using an implanted device

October 1st, 2018 at 10:36 am » Comments Off

‘It was like watching fireworks, but from the inside’ After Kelly Thomas’ truck flipped with her inside of it in 2014, she was told that she probably would never walk again. Now, with help from a spinal cord implant that she’s nicknamed “Junior,” Thomas is able to walk on her own. Thomas and Jeff Marquis, […]



‘Moore’s Law is dead’: Three predictions about the computers of tomorrow

September 24th, 2018 at 10:15 am » Comments Off

Experts from chip designer Arm on how chip design will evolve to ensure performance keeps advancing. “Moore’s Law is dead. Moore’s Law is over.” So says Mike Muller, chief technology officer at chip designer Arm, the Japanese-owned company whose processor cores are found inside nearly all mobile phones. Given Moore’s Law has been the engine […]



Elon Musk is building a spaceship that’s so ambitious that some experts are calling it ‘science fiction.’ Here’s what SpaceX and its engineers are up against.

September 20th, 2018 at 10:28 am » Comments Off

Elon Musk plans to blast a tourist around the moon in a ship made by his rocket company, SpaceX. The private lunar mission is meant to demonstrate a new two-part launch system called Big Falcon Rocket, which is designed to eventually bring humans to Mars. Engineers are said to be building a prototype of the […]



A revolutionary new space launch idea: Introducing The Pythagoras Sling

September 14th, 2018 at 9:50 am » Comments Off

The Pythagoras Sling uses a lengthy graphene string pulled via two hoops suspended from simple parachutes to rapidly accelerate a projectile into orbit. Graphene string will likely become widely available over the next two decades. If it works as expected, the Pythagoras Sling launch system could greatly reduce the cost of getting into space compared […]



Artificial retinas made of this ultra-thin super material could help millions see again

September 10th, 2018 at 10:11 am » Comments Off

TRULY SUPER. There’s a reason researchers call graphene a “super material.” Even though it’s just a single layer of carbon atoms thick, it’s super strong, super flexible, and super light. It also conducts electricity, and is biodegradable. Now an international team of researchers has found a way to use the super material: to create artificial […]



How to 3D print a bicycle bridge? Study discusses Dutch concrete printing project

September 6th, 2018 at 10:04 am » Comments Off

In 2017, the world’s first prestressed 3D printed concrete bicycle bridge officially opened to cyclists. It was created by the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in collaboration with construction company BAM Infra, and was installed in the Dutch village of Gemert. The bridge was part of a research project that involved the development of a […]



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