New system recovers fresh water from power plants (16/06/2018)

A system devised by engineers recovers fresh water from power plants. It could provide a low-cost source of drinking water for parched cities around the world, while also cutting plant operating costs.

30 percent of the UK's natural gas could be replaced by hydrogen, cutting carbon emissions (16/06/2018)

Almost a third of the natural gas fueling UK homes and businesses could be replaced by hydrogen, a carbon free fuel, without requiring any changes to the nation's boilers and ovens.

E- textiles control home appliances with the swipe of a finger (16/06/2018)

Electronic textiles could allow a person to control household appliances or computers from a distance simply by touching a wristband or other item of clothing -- something that could be particularly helpful for those with limited mobility. Now researchers, have developed a new type of e-textile that is self-powered, highly sensitive and washable. A video of an e-wristband in action is available.

Transferring quantum information using sound (16/06/2018)

Scientists have found a new way to transfer quantum information. They propose using tiny mechanical vibrations. The atoms are coupled with each other by 'phonons' -- the smallest quantum mechanical units of vibrations or sound waves.

This is what a stretchy circuit looks like (16/06/2018)

Researchers have made a new hybrid conductive material -- part elastic polymer, part liquid metal -- that can be bent and stretched at will. Circuits made with this material can take most two-dimensional shapes and are also non-toxic.

Realization of high-performance magnetic sensors due to magnetic vortex structures (16/06/2018)

Magnetic sensors play a key role in a variety of applications, such as speed and position sensing in the automotive industry or in biomedical applications.

A way to use underwater fiber-optic cables as seismic sensors (16/06/2018)

A team of researchers from the U.K., Italy and Malta has found a way to use fiber-optic cables already on the ocean floor as seismic detectors. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes how they made their discovery and how it would work.

The future of AI needs hardware accelerators based on analog memory devices (16/06/2018)

Imagine personalized Artificial Intelligence (AI), where your smartphone becomes more like an intelligent assistant – recognizing your voice even in a noisy room, understanding the context of different social situations or presenting only the information that's truly relevant to you, plucked out of the flood of data that arrives every day. Such capabilities might soon be within our reach – but getting there will require fast, powerful, energy-efficient AI hardware accelerators.

Physicists create new class of 2D artificial materials (12/06/2018)

In 1965, a renowned physicist theorized that ferroelectric metals could conduct electricity despite not existing in nature. For decades, scientists thought it would be impossible to prove the theory by Philip W. Anderson, who shared the 1977 Nobel Prize in physics. It was like trying to blend fire and water, but a Rutgers-led international team of scientists has verified the theory.

Designing a better superconductor with geometric frustration (12/06/2018)

Study shows a magnet-controlled 'switch' in superconductor configuration provides unprecedented flexibility in managing the location of vortex filaments, altering the properties of the superconductor.