Facial recognition system to approve alcohol and cigarettes sales to be trialled by first British supermarket (18/10/2018)

Facial recognition software is to be used in UK supermarkets for the first time to verify the age of people buying alcohol and cigarettes, the Telegraph has learned.

What the electron’s near-perfect roundness means for new physics (18/10/2018)

ROLY-POLY  An electron (illustrated) orbits an atom’s nucleus, with a cloud of other hypothetical subatomic particles that could squash the electron’s shape. But so far, measurements show that the electron seems to be almost perfectly round, providing no hint of yet-to-be-found particles.

Alloy nanoparticles cut cost of platinum and increase life of hydrogen fuel cells (18/10/2018)

A team of Brown University scientists has developed a new catalyst that could make hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicles more economical. Based on nanoparticles made of an alloy of platinum and cobalt, the new catalyst is not only cheaper than pure platinum, but is also more efficient and longer lasting.

Sci-tech key to enhancing Vietnam-US partnership (18/10/2018)

The 10th Vietnam-US Joint Committee Meeting on Scientific and Technological Cooperation (JCM10) took place in Washington DC from October 15-17.

These ancient mounds may not be the earliest fossils on Earth after all (17/10/2018)

Tiny mounds touted as the earliest fossilized evidence of life on Earth may just be twisted rock. Found in 3.7-billion-year-old rocks in Greenland, the mounds strongly resemble cone-shaped microbial mats called stromatolites, researchers reported in 2016. 

A new way to create molecules for drug development (17/10/2018)

Chemists have developed a new and improved way to generate molecules that can enable the design of new types of synthetic drugs.

Disrupting crystalline order to restore superfluidity (17/10/2018)

What if you could disrupt the crystalline order of quantum matter so that the superfluid could flow freely even at temperatures and pressures where it usually does not? This is indeed the idea that was demonstrated by a team of scientists led by Ludwig Mathey and Andreas Hemmerich from the University of Hamburg.

Researchers quickly harvest 2-D materials, bringing them closer to commercialization (17/10/2018)

Researchers have developed a technique to harvest 2-inch diameter wafers of 2-D material within just a few minutes. They can then be stacked together to form an electronic device within an hour.

High-performance flexible transparent force touch sensor for wearable devices (17/10/2018)

Researchers reported a high-performance and transparent nanoforce touch sensor by developing a thin, flexible, and transparent hierarchical nanocomposite (HNC) film. The research team says their sensor simultaneously features all the necessary characters for industrial-grade application: high sensitivity, transparency, bending insensitivity, and manufacturability.

Perovskites: Materials of the future in optical communication (17/10/2018)

Researchers have shown how an inorganic perovskite can be made into a cheap and efficient photodetector that transfers both text and music.