Biological templating: Using a virus to speed up modern computers (07/12/2018)

In a groundbreaking study, researchers have successfully developed a method that could lead to unprecedented advances in computer speed and efficiency.

Molecular adlayer produced by dissolving water-insoluble nanographene in water (07/12/2018)

Even though nanographene is insoluble in water and organic solvents, researchers have found a way to dissolve it in water. Using 'molecular containers' that encapsulate water-insoluble molecules, the researchers developed nanographene adlayers by just mixing the molecular containers and nanographene together in water. The method is expected to be useful for the fabrication and analysis of next-generation functional nanomaterials.

Researchers develop method to transfer entire 2-D circuits to any smooth surface (07/12/2018)

What if a sensor sensing a thing could be part of the thing itself? Rice University engineers believe they have a two-dimensional solution to do just that.

Using quantum entanglement to study proteins (07/12/2018)

For the first time, a University of Michigan chemist has used quantum entanglement to examine protein structures, a process that requires only a very small number of photons of light.

New battery concept based on fluoride ions may increase battery lifespans (07/12/2018)

Imagine not having to charge your phone or laptop for weeks. That is the dream of researchers looking into alternative batteries that go beyond the current lithium-ion versions popular today. Now, in a new study appearing in the journal Science, chemists at several institutions, including Caltech and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which is managed by Caltech for NASA, as well as the Honda Research Institute and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, have hit on a new way of making rechargeable batteries based on fluoride, the negatively charged form, or anion, of the element fluorine.

A conceptual framework for modeling human-robot trust (07/12/2018)

Researchers at Pennsylvania State University, MIT and Georgia Institute of Technology have recently developed a conceptual framework to model the human-robot trust phenomenon. Their framework, outlined in a paper published on ACM Digital Library, uses computational representations inspired by game theory to represent trust, a notion defined using theory in social psychology.

The privacy risks of compiling mobility data (07/12/2018)

A new study by MIT researchers finds that the growing practice of compiling massive, anonymized datasets about people's movement patterns is a double-edged sword: While it can provide deep insights into human behavior for research, it could also put people's private data at risk.

Two-dimensional materials skip the energy barrier by growing one row at a time (07/12/2018)

A new collaborative study led by a research team at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Washington could provide engineers new design rules for creating microelectronics, membranes and tissues, and open up better production methods for new materials. At the same time, the research, published online Dec. 6 in the journal Science, helps uphold a scientific theory that has remained unproven for over a century.
Just as children follow a rule to line up single file after recess, some materials use an underlying rule to assemble on surfaces one row at a time, according to the study.

Researchers devise 3-D printer that can make energetic materials safer, more environmentally friendly (07/12/2018)

Purdue University researchers have devised a method of 3-D printing that can produce energetic materials with fine geometric features faster and with less expense than traditional methods, while also being safer and more environmentally friendly.

Team creates 3-D-printed glucose biosensors (07/12/2018)

A 3-D-printed glucose biosensor for use in wearable monitors has been created by Washington State University researchers.