Researchers use nanomaterials to make 2D diamond clusters at room temperature

BROOKLYN, New York, Monday, January 26, 2021 – Atomically thin, 2D hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) is a promising material whose protean ability to undergo phase transformations to strong, super lightweight, chemically stable, oxidation-resistant films makes them ideal for protective coatings, nanotechnology thermal applications, deep-UV light emitters, and much more. The possibilities embodied in different polytypes […]

How will seafarers fare once automated ships take over? Scientists predict the future

Artificial intelligence and automation are changing the world, one industry at a time! Whatever humans can do, machines are learning to also do effectively, with lower costs and fewer errors. The maritime shipping industry is no different. Ships are now increasingly automated (called maritime autonomous surface ships or MASSs), reducing the need for human input. […]

Squid-inspired robot swims with nature’s most efficient marine animals

Scientists at the University of Southampton and University of Edinburgh have developed a flexible underwater robot that can propel itself through water in the same style as nature’s most efficient swimmer – the Aurelia aurita jellyfish. The findings, published in Science Robotics, demonstrate that the new underwater robot can swim as quickly and efficiently as […]

Eliminating microplastics in wastewater directly at the source

IMAGE: Electro-analytical system used to identify appropriate electrodes for anodic oxidation processes. view more  Credit: INRS A research team from the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) has developed a process for the electrolytic treatment of wastewater that degrades microplastics at the source. The results of this research have been published in the Environmental Pollution […]

Seawater as an electrical cable !? Wireless power transfers in the ocean

IMAGE: Underwater drone (top left), power supply station (bottom left), drone parked on the power supply station installed on the ocean floor for battery charging (right) view more  Credit: COPYRIGHT (C) TOYOHASHI UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Overview: Associate professor Masaya Tamura, Kousuke Murai (who has completed the first term of his master’s program), and […]

New treatment allows some people with spinal cord injury to regain hand and arm function

Almost 18,000 Americans experience traumatic spinal cord injuries every year. Many of these people are unable to use their hands and arms and can’t do everyday tasks such as eating, grooming or drinking water without help. Using physical therapy combined with a noninvasive method of stimulating nerve cells in the spinal cord, University of Washington […]

3D-printed smart gel changes shape when exposed to light

IMAGE: This octopus has color-changing cells, called chromatophores, in its skin, a phenomenon that inspired Rutgers engineers. view more  Credit: NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, Galapagos Rift Expedition 2011 Inspired by the color-changing skin of cuttlefish, octopuses and squids, Rutgers engineers have created a 3D-printed smart gel that changes shape when exposed to light, becomes “artificial muscle” […]

A high order for a low dimension

IMAGE: Subtle changes in the arrangement of component materials can have a stronger knock-on effect to the bulk material than was previously thought. view more  Credit: © 2020 Kondo et al Spintronics refers to a suite of physical systems which may one day replace many electronic systems. To realize this generational leap, material components that confine […]

Extremely energy efficient microprocessor developed using superconductors

IMAGE: AQFP MANA microprocessor die photo. MANA is the world’s first adiabatic superconductor microprocessor. view more  Credit: Yokohama National University Researchers from Yokohama National University in Japan have developed a prototype microprocessor using superconductor devices that are about 80 times more energy efficient than the state-of-the-art semiconductor devices found in the microprocessors of today’s high-performance computing […]

Comb of a lifetime: a new method for fluorescence microscopy

IMAGE: 2D arrangement of 44,400 light stopwatches enables scan-less fluorescence lifetime imaging view more  Credit: Tokushima University Fluorescence microscopy is widely used in biochemistry and life sciences because it allows scientists to directly observe cells and certain compounds in and around them. Fluorescent molecules absorb light within a specific wavelength range and then re-emit it at […]