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Super-light, super-insulating ceramic aerogel keeps the hottest temperatures at bay

February 18, 2019 - 7:45am
Researchers have developed a near weightless material, comprised mostly of air, capable of both withstanding and protecting against some of the most extreme temperatures experienced in aerospace and i...

NRL, AFRL develop direct-write quantum calligraphy in monolayer semiconductors

February 18, 2019 - 7:45am
Scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) have developed a way to directly write quantum light sources, which emit a single photon of light at...

Molecular Lego blocks: Chemical data mining boosts search for new organic semiconductors

February 18, 2019 - 7:45am
Producing traditional solar cells made of silicon is very energy intensive. On top of that, they are rigid and brittle. Organic semiconductor materials, on the other hand, are flexible and lightweight...

The smallest skeletons in the marine world observed in 3D by synchrotron techniques

February 18, 2019 - 7:45am
Coccolithophores are microscopic marine algae that use carbon dioxide to grow and release carbon dioxide when they create their miniature calcite shells. These tiny but very abundant planktonic microo...

Researchers create ultra-lightweight ceramic material that withstands extreme temperatures: UCLA-led team develops highly durable aerogel that could ultimately be an upgrade for insulation on spacecraft

February 18, 2019 - 7:45am
UCLA researchers and collaborators at eight other research institutions have created an extremely light, very durable ceramic aerogel. The material could be used for applications like insulating space...

Spintronics by 'straintronics': Switching superferromagnetism with electric-field induced strain

February 18, 2019 - 7:45am
Switching magnetic domains in magnetic memories requires normally magnetic fields which are generated by electrical currents, hence requiring large amounts of electrical power. Now, teams from France,...

Picosun’s ALD encapsulation prevents electronics degradation

February 18, 2019 - 7:45am
Picosun Group, a leading supplier of ALD (Atomic Layer Deposition) thin film coating solutions for global industries, reports unprecedented results in high reliability electronics protection with ALD.

Sensitive sensor detects Down syndrome DNA

February 18, 2019 - 7:45am
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Down syndrome is the most common birth defect, occurring once in every 700 births. However, traditional non-invasive prenatal tests for the...

Laser-induced graphene gets tough, with help: Rice University lab combines conductive foam with other materials for capable new composites

February 18, 2019 - 7:45am
Laser-induced graphene (LIG), a flaky foam of the atom-thick carbon, has many interesting properties on its own but gains new powers as part of a composite.

Using artificial intelligence to engineer materials' properties: New system of 'strain engineering' can change a material's optical, electrical, and thermal properties

February 16, 2019 - 7:45am
Applying just a bit of strain to a piece of semiconductor or other crystalline material can deform the orderly arrangement of atoms in its structure enough to cause dramatic changes in its properties,...

Rice U. lab adds porous envelope to aluminum plasmonics: Scientists marry gas-trapping framework to light-powered nanocatalysts

February 16, 2019 - 7:45am
When Rice University chemist and engineer Hossein Robatjazi set out to marry a molecular sieve called MOF to a plasmonic aluminum nanoparticle two years ago, he never imagined the key would be the sam...

Sound and light trapped by disorder

February 14, 2019 - 7:45am
Researchers from the Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia (ICN2) and the Centre de Nanosciences et Nanotechnologies – C2N (CNRS / Université Paris-Sud) have proposed a new and counterintuit...

Scientists image conducting edges in a promising 2-D material

February 14, 2019 - 7:45am
A research team comprised of scientists at the University of California, Riverside, and the University of Washington has for the first time directly imaged “edge conduction” in monolayer tungsten dite...

Nominations invited for $250,000 Kabiller Prize — the world’s largest monetary award for achievement in nanomedicine: An additional $10,000 award will honor a young investigator in nanoscience, nanomedicine

February 14, 2019 - 7:45am
Northwestern University is now accepting nominations for two prestigious international prizes: the $250,000 Kabiller Prize in Nanoscience and Nanomedicine and the $10,000 Kabiller Young Investigator...

Kanazawa University research: Chirality inversion in a helical molecule at controlled speeds

February 14, 2019 - 7:45am
A strategy to invert the chirality of a metal-containing helical molecule controlling the speed of the response is reported in Chemistry, A European Journal by researchers at Kanazawa University.

John Chong of Kionix Named Chair of MEMS & Sensors Industry Group Governing Council

February 14, 2019 - 7:45am
SEMI, the global industry association serving the electronics manufacturing supply chain, today announced the appointment of John Chong, vice president of product and business development at MEMS man...

CEA-Leti Combines Integrated Optics and Holography In Novel Lens-Free, Augmented Reality Technology: Approach Eliminates the Need for Optical Systems and Combiners in AR; Will Be Presented at SPIE Photonics West 2019

February 14, 2019 - 7:45am
Leti, an institute of CEA-Tech, has developed a novel retinal-projection concept for augmented reality (AR) uses based on a combination of integrated optics and holography. The lens-free optical syste...

Helping smartphones hold their charge longer

February 14, 2019 - 7:45am
Light-weight and energy-efficient, lithium-ion batteries have long been the battery of choice for powering smartphones, laptops, hoverboards, drones and other portable electronic devices. But even the...

CEA-Leti Builds Prototype of Next-Generation Mid-Infrared Optical Sensors for Portable Devices: Coin-size, On-chip Sensors that Combine High Performance and Low Power Consumption Presented in Paper at SPIE Photonics West 2019

February 12, 2019 - 7:45am
CEA-Leti today announced it has prototyped a next-generation optical chemical sensor using mid-infrared silicon photonics that can be integrated in smartphones and other portable devices. Mid-IR ch...

Straightforward biosynthesis of functional bulk nanocomposites

February 10, 2019 - 7:45am
Interest in constructing bulk nanocomposite materials from biosourced and renewable nanoscale building blocks is growing. As a crystalline cellulosic polymer, cellulose is the most abundant biosourced...