3-D-printable materials deform to change surface area, enabling curvature rather than rigid folding
Today's 3-D printers, in which devices rather like inkjet-printer nozzles deposit materials in layers to build up physical objects, are a great tool for designers building prototypes or small companies with ...
Syracuse biologist reveals how whales may 'sing' for their supper
Humpback whales have a trick or two, when it comes to finding a quick snack at the bottom of the ocean. But how they pinpoint that meal at night, with little or no available light, remains a mystery.
Explainer: What is 4-D printing?
Additive manufacturing – or 3D printing – is 30 years old this year. Today, it's found not just in industry but in households, as the price of 3D printers has fallen below US$1,000. Knowing you can p ...
Engineers take big step toward using light instead of wires inside computers
(Phys.org)—Stanford engineers have designed and built a prism-like device that can split a beam of light into different colors and bend the light at right angles, a development that could eventually lead ...
Physicists design zero-friction quantum engine
Buckyballs enhance carbon capture: Environmentally friendly material targets flue gases, wells
(Phys.org)—Rice University scientists have discovered an environmentally friendly carbon-capture method that could be equally adept at drawing carbon dioxide emissions from industrial flue gases and natural ...
Ancient balloon-shaped animal fossil sheds light on Earth's ancient seas
A rare 520 million year old fossil shaped like a 'squashed bird's nest' that will help to shed new light on life within Earth's ancient seas has been discovered in China by an international research team ...
Flatland, we hardly knew ye: Unique 1-D metasurface acts as polarized beam splitter, allows novel form of holography
Quantum engineering pushes refrigerator beyond classical efficiency limits
Water, water everywhere: How UV irradiation reversibly switches graphene between hydrophobic and hydrophilic states
Does the internet promote fairness of income distribution? (w/ Video)
Study shows how easy it is to determine someone's identity with cell phone data
Defects in 2D semiconductors could lead to multi-colored light-emitting devices
'Direct writing' of diamond patterns from graphite a potential technological leap
(Phys.org) —What began as research into a method to strengthen metals has led to the discovery of a new technique that uses a pulsing laser to create synthetic nanodiamond films and patterns from graphite, ...