Paint-on plastic electronics: Aligning polymers for high performance
Semiconducting polymers are an unruly bunch, but University of Michigan engineers have developed a new method for getting them in line that could pave the way for cheaper, greener, "paint-on" plastic electronics.
Scientists detect residue that has hindered efficiency of promising type of solar cell
(Phys.org) —Drivers who have ever noticed a residue on their windshields after going through a car wash will sympathize with nanoscientist Seth Darling's pain.
Exploring Google Glass through eyes of early users
Geeks aren't the only people wearing Google Glass. Among the people testing Google Inc.'s wearable computer are teachers, dentists, doctors, hair stylists, architects, athletes and even a zookeeper.
In it for the long haul: Longer transmission lengths boost spin electronic applications
All modern electronics are based on the fundamental concept of electrical charges moving through a circuit. There are, however, alternative schemes that promise faster and more efficient types of computing. ...
Superconducting qualities of topological insulators demonstrated
(Phys.org) —Topological insulators (TIs) are an exciting new type of material that on their surface carry electric current, but within their bulk, act as insulators. Since the discovery of TIs about a decade ...
Research finds how diving mammals evolved underwater endurance
Scientists at the University of Liverpool have shed new light on how diving mammals, such as the sperm whale, have evolved to survive for long periods underwater without breathing.
Directing charges through single molecules: Progress made in developing nanoscale electronics
Scientists are facing a number of barriers as they try to develop circuits that are microscopic in size, including how to reliably control the current that flows through a circuit that is the width of a single ...
Intel, with Skylake, looks to new day of cable-free computing
Electrostatics do the trick: A simple model describes what happens between organic semiconductors and metals
Organic semiconductors allow for flexible displays (OLEDs), solar cells (OPVCs), and other interesting applications. One common problem in these devices, however, is the interface between the metallic contacts ...
Study finds high-energy electrons in space may be to blame for some satellite failures
Is your cable television on the fritz? One explanation, scientists suspect, may be the weather—the weather in space, that is. MIT researchers are investigating the effects of space weather—such as solar ...
US authorities shut Silk Road website, arrest owner (Update 2)
US authorities said Wednesday that they have busted an online black market for drugs, hitmen, hacker tools and more, arresting the suspected mastermind of a nefarious bazaar called Silk Road.
Electric fields can push droplets from surfaces
Researchers at MIT have followed up on their discovery that droplets of water acquire an electric charge when jumping from certain condenser surfaces by finding a way to make use of that effect: They found ...
X-rays capture electron 'dance'
(Phys.org)—The way electrons move within and between molecules, transferring energy as they go, plays an important role in many chemical and biological processes, such as the conversion of sunlight to energy ...
Team discovers adaptations to explain strategies for survival on Mars
Research from the University of Maryland School of Medicine has revealed key features in proteins needed for life to function on Mars and other extreme environments.