Manipulating electron spins without loss of information (20/07/2017)

Physicists have developed a new technique that uses electrical voltages to control the electron spin on a chip. The newly-developed method provides protection from spin decay, meaning that the contained information can be maintained and transmitted over comparatively large distances, as has been recently demonstrated.

Nanoparticles could spur better LEDs, invisibility cloaks (20/07/2017)

In an advance that could boost the efficiency of LED lighting by 50 percent and even pave the way for invisibility cloaking devices, a team of researchers has developed a new technique that peppers metallic nanoparticles into semiconductors.

Folding robots: No battery, no wire, no problem (20/07/2017)

Folding robots based on origami have emerged as an exciting new frontier of robotic design, but generally require onboard batteries or a wired connection to a power source, limiting their functionality. Scientist have now created battery-free folding robots that are capable of complex, repeatable movements powered and controlled through a wireless magnetic field.

Enhanced oil recovery method developed (19/07/2017)

A new class of materials which are suitable agents for oil displacing in enhanced oil recovery have been developed.

New hydrocarbon fuel cells with high efficiency and low cost (19/07/2017)

The commercialization of the 'natural gas fuel cell' has finally come to the fore, thanks to the recent development of electrode materials that maintain long-term stability in hydrocarbon fuels. Advantage of using this material includes that it uses internal transition metal as a further catalyst in a fuel cell operating condition.

Titan simulations show importance of close two-way coupling between human and Earth systems (19/07/2017)

A new integrated computational climate model developed to reduce uncertainties in future climate predictions marks the first successful attempt to bridge Earth systems with energy and economic models and large-scale human impact data. The integrated Earth System Model, or iESM, is being used to explore interactions among the physical climate system, biological components of Earth system, and human systems.

Fluorine grants white graphene new powers (19/07/2017)

Fluorination of hexagonal boron nitride, a common insulator, turns it into a magnetic semiconductor. That may make the heat-resistant material suitable for electronics and sensors in extreme environments.   

Machine learning technique offers insight into plasma behavior (14/07/2017)

A new paper describes the application of machine learning to avoiding plasma disruptions, which will be crucial to ensuring the longevity of future large tokamaks, say researchers.

Adapters enable better communication between machines (14/07/2017)

Plug and play is a technology that allows users to connect devices such as printers or USB memory sticks to a computer and directly use them without installing any software. This technology is now also available for industrial applications: Engineers developed an adapter that makes it much easier to interconnect parts of a production facility and align them with each other.

Why you might trust a quantum computer with secrets, even over the internet (14/07/2017)

Researchers have proposed a way you could use a quantum computer securely, even over the internet, explains a new report.