Engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, have developed a thin-film system that can be applied to sources of waste heat like computers, cars or large industrial processes, to produce energy at levels unprecedented for this kind of technology.
Will we someday be able to fly without the guilt of causing environmental damage? A handful of firms and regulators hope that the electric revolution in cars will also take to the skies, helping the industry cope with an expected boom in travel and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Is that meat still good? Are you sure? McMaster researchers have developed a test to bring certainty to the delicate but critical question of whether meat and other foods are safe to eat or need to be thrown out.
Researchers have designed a "fire alarm wallpaper" made of environmentally friendly, nonflammable materials—including some of the materials found in bone, teeth, and hormones—that can detect a fire, prevent the fire from spreading, and give off an alarm when a fire occurs.
Quantum mechanics has fundamental speed limits—upper bounds on the rate at which quantum systems can evolve. However, two groups working independently have published papers showing for the first time that quantum speed limits have a classical counterpart: classical speed limits.
Scientists have created, for the first time a three-dimensional skyrmion in a quantum gas. The skyrmion was predicted theoretically over 40 years ago, but only now has it been observed experimentally.
Like photosynthesis in plants, we could turn CO2 into molecules that are essential for day-to-day life. Every time you breathe or drive a motor vehicle, you would produce a key ingredient for generating fuels.
Classically, information travels in one direction only, from sender to receiver. However, physicists have shown that, in the quantum world, information can travel in both directions simultaneously, a feature that is forbidden by the laws of physics.
The Canadian federal budget is introducing a $1 billion funding for cybersecurity. The funding comes at a critical moment: cyber crimes have become prevalent and are proving difficult for governments to deal with.
Researchers have demonstrated that tiny micrometer-sized crystals—just barely visible to the human eye—can "walk" inchworm-style across the slide of a microscope. These crystals may lead to a new field of crystal robotics.
researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed an adaptive metalens, that is essentially a flat, electronically controlled artificial eye.
A new technique developed by neuroscientists at the University of Toronto Scarborough can, for the first time, reconstruct images of what people perceive based on their brain activity gathered by EEG.
"Alta's innovative GaAs modules are at the vanguard of thin-film solar technology. The modules perform at up to 2 times that of ordinary flexible solar cells, making them the current world leader in terms of module efficiency for thin film solar technology."
Mount Sinai researchers have found a newly identified protein that can be manipulated to make opioid painkillers effective at lower doses while also muting the reward mechanism that leads to addiction.
The state of California is not going to let oil companies take over its coasts without a fight. In a statement, the governor's race frontrunner Gavin Newsom said that "not a single drop from Trump's new oil plan ever makes landfall in California."
Ionity, the new ‘ultra-fast’ joint electric car charging network by BMW, Mercedes, Ford and Volkswagen, is slowly starting to take shape in Europe and now we get to see the map of their planned stations for the first time.
Researchers have shown that graphene may be an ideal candidate for a nanoscale light source capable of emitting ultrafast light pulses, one of the key requirements of future optical communications technologies.
Some 50,000 homes in South Australia will receive solar panels and Tesla batteries, the state government announced Sunday, in a landmark plan to turn houses into a giant, interconnected power plant.
Physicists have designed a new method for transmitting big quantum data across long distances. The results may lead to the development of future quantum networks, such as a global-scale quantum internet.
Record-breaking efficiency for secure quantum memory storage. Researchers at Laboratoire Kastler Brossel (LKB) in Paris have broken through a key barrier in quantum memory performance. Their work has enabled the first secure storage and retrieval of quantum bits.
Light, which travels at a speed of 300,000 km/sec in a vacuum, can be slowed down and even stopped completely by methods that involve trapping the light inside crystals or ultracold clouds of atoms. Researchers have theoretically demonstrated a new way to bring light to a standstill.
Rutgers engineers have invented a "4D printing" method for a shape-shifting smart gel that could lead to the development of "living" structures in human organs and tissues, soft robots and targeted drug delivery.
New research published in Nature Geoscience has found that climate engineering that modifies the properties of the land surface in highly populated areas and agricultural areas over North American, Europe and Asia could reduce extreme temperatures there by up to 2-3°C.
Researchers have found a way to produce a higher quality, more stable fuel from biowaste, such as sewage, that is simpler and cleaner than existing methods. This puts biofuel closer to being a good substitute for fossil fuels.
Researchers invented a tiny "minimalist robot" that looks like a caterpillar and can perform a wide range of movements, including jumping, crawling through tunnels, and climbing out of a pool. It is designed to deliver drugs to specific targets in the human body.
Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have built a superconducting switch that "learns" like a biological system and could connect processors and store memories in future computers operating like the human brain.
Researchers at Oregon State University have designed and fabricated the world's smallest electro-optic modulator, which could mean major reductions in energy used by data centers and supercomputers.
Future Cars Might Be Mirrorless, Using Cameras and AI Tech To Navigate Instead - Mitsubishi's new technology forgoes the need for cars to have side and rear mirrors. Mirrorless cars were approved for use in 2016, and the carmaker expects to sell the first model as early as next year.
Senate Democrats and a single Republican have garnered 50 votes on a resolution to rescind the FCC's controversial decision to end net neutrality. The Attorneys General of 22 states have also officially filed a lawsuit suing the FCC over the ruling.
Imagine if we could take CO2 and convert it into something useful. Something like plastic, for example. The positive effects could be dramatic, both diverting CO2 from the atmosphere and reducing the need for fossil fuels to make products.
NASA-Funded Research will put artificial intelligence to work on a blockchain system in order to help unmanned spacecraft "think" for themselves. This will let spacecraft react to new data even when far from Earth, where transmitted instructions lag.
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has sued several fossil fuel giants, blaming them for contributing to climate change and lying to maintain their profits. His administration also plans to withdraw $5 billion in pension funds from fossil fuel investments.
Engineers at The Ohio State University are developing technologies that have the potential to economically convert fossil fuels and biomass into useful products including electricity without emitting carbon dioxide to the atmosphere.
A non-profit has a plan to geoengineer the planet in a way that is targeted and reversible. It involves sprinkling glass sand on the Arctic's thinnest ice to enhance its reflective power and cool the region.
In Antarctica, a fleet of seven drones will embark on a year-long mission under the ice. If they survive, the data they collect could drastically improve predictions of future ice melting and sea level rises.
Male birth control gel to go into trials - A team at the US National Institute of Child Health and Human Development has announced that it will be putting a contraception gel it has developed into trials starting this April.