Nearly perfect, ultrathin invisibility cloak could have wide practical applications
New material puts a twist in light
Scientists at The Australian National University (ANU) have uncovered the secret to twisting light at will. It is the latest step in the development of photonics, the faster, more compact and less carbon-hungry ...
British team devises method for separating carbon nanotubes cheaply
Newly developed cloak hides underwater objects from sonar
In one University of Illinois lab, invisibility is a matter of now you hear it, now you don't.
Now You See It, Now You Don't -- an Invisibility Cloak Made of Glass
(PhysOrg.com) -- From Tolkien's ring of power in The Lord of the Rings to Star Trek's Romulans, who could make their warships disappear from view, from Harry Potter's magical cloak to the garment that makes ...
Robotics breakthrough: Scientists make artificial skin
Biotech wizards have engineered electronic skin that can sense touch, in a major step towards next-generation robotics and prosthetic limbs.
'Artificial leaf' makes fuel from sunlight (w/ video)
Researchers led by MIT professor Daniel Nocera have produced something theyre calling an artificial leaf: Like living leaves, the device can turn the energy of sunlight directly into a chemical ...
Simulations unlock carbon nanotube potential for industry
a cylindrical network of molecules known as carbon nanotubes -- is attracting a great deal of attention from industry researchers these days.
Plasmonic metamaterials: From microscopes to invisibility cloaks
(PhysOrg.com) -- A new class of artificial materials called metamaterials -- which derive their properties from carefully engineered, nanostructured building blocks rather than from their chemical composition ...
Progress Toward Artificial Tissue?
(PhysOrg.com) -- For modern implants and the growth of artificial tissue and organs, it is important to generate materials with characteristics that closely emulate nature.
A breakthrough in superlens development: Cheap, simple lens to let us see a single virus
A superlens would let you see a virus in a drop of blood and open the door to better and cheaper electronics. It might, says Durdu Guney, make ultra-high-resolution microscopes as commonplace as cameras in ...
The Nanotechnology of Sundew and English Ivy
Fifteen small sundew plants perch on a window sill, collecting sunlight and eating meat in the lab of Mingjun Zhang on the University of Tennessee's Knoxville campus. Sundew plants are carnivores, consuming ...
Origami: Not just for paper anymore
While the primary job of DNA in cells is to carry genetic information from one generation to the next, some scientists also see the highly stable and programmable molecule as an ideal building material for ...
Artificial Photosynthesis: Creating fuel from sunlight
Researchers have made significant progress towards developing a process of Artificial Photosynthesis (AP) that could replace the use of fossil fuels in the future.