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New form of light discovered

May 18th, 2016 at 9:44 am » Comments Off

A new form of light was discovered by Prof Paul Eastham of Trinity Dublin’s School of Physics and Prof John Donegan of Science Fondation CRANN. The discovery could have major implications in fibre-optic communications. A study of light’s angular momentum shows that it can be a fraction instead of a multiple.



New breakthrough in solar technology by Australian researchers

May 15th, 2016 at 7:09 am » Comments Off

A new solar cell that is flexible and non-toxic, has been developed by researchers at Australia’s University of New South Wales. The new cells are also cheap to make and are the next step to zero-energy buildings.  Until now solar cells have been made from scarce and toxic materials.



Under your feet is an information superhighway made of fungi

May 3rd, 2016 at 5:11 pm » Comments Off

Mushroom bodies are made of a mass of thin thread called mycelium. Mycelium acts as an information superhighway that speeds up interaction, of a diverse population and plants. But just as our networks are not always safe, these fungi networks too have a dark side of plants using the networks to their advantage.



Carbyne: The strongest material in the world that’s tougher than graphene

April 20th, 2016 at 11:47 am » Comments Off

A new material, stronger than graphene, called carbyne has been created, thanks to a new production technique. A team from the University of Vienna has created carbyne for the first time in s stable form. The tensile properties of the super strong material are 40 times that of diamond and double that of graphene.



Using Games to Further Quantum Computing

April 19th, 2016 at 1:57 pm » Comments Off

There is a battle raging between human and machine. Even though machine consciousness is still a long way away, computed algorithms are making choices that once needed human input. Recently Google’s AlphaGo algorithm beat a professional player in the game Go. An achievement that demonstrates the speed and development of machine capabilities. However, there is […]



MoD gravity sensor will ‘see underground or through walls’

March 24th, 2016 at 10:20 am » Comments Off

A recent scientific breakthrough in a Ministry of Defence research project is paving the way for scanners that could see underground or through walls. A team of British scientists, including experts at the MoD’s Porton Down labs, have developed a new device that can detect tiny fluctuations in gravity.



RMIT University researchers say self-cleaning clothes are on the way

March 23rd, 2016 at 10:30 am » Comments Off

Thanks to pioneering nanotechnology research being developed by RMIT University researchers, people could soon be able to replace their washing machines with a little bit of sunshine. The researchers have been working on self-cleaning textiles by growing nanostructures on textiles. When exposed to light, they release a burst of energy that then degrades organic matter.



Scientists locate obesity ‘switch’ in the brain

March 21st, 2016 at 11:43 am » Comments Off

Recent tests have shown that switching off the satiety neurons caused mice to eat more and double their weight in three weeks. When the cells’ function was restored, the mice reduced the amount they ate each day by about 25pc.



Scientists propose new laser that could make things hotter than the center of the Sun instantly

November 20th, 2015 at 3:54 pm » Comments Off

A team of scientists from Imperial College London have proposed a laser model that can could heat materials to temperatures hotter than the center of the Sun in just 20 quadrillionths of a second. That’s 10 million degrees Celsius almost instantaneously.



A $20 trillion rock could turn Planetary Resources into the richest company on Earth

November 19th, 2015 at 11:13 am » Comments Off

Amun 3554 is a little more than a mile wide and it’s one of the smallest M-class (metal-bearing) asteroids yet discovered. Unless it ever decides to smash into us — a theoretical possibility, but extremely unlikely over the next few centuries — it will continue orbiting the sun, unknown and unmolested.



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