Students put mettle to the pedal to build bike-powered charging station
People power has become a new form of alternative energy at Northern Arizona University.
Researchers examining electric vehicles and the power grid
As plug-in electric vehicles become an ever more central part of America's daily life, University of Notre Dame researchers are anticipating what that development will mean for the nation's power grid.
Making insulator conduct
(Phys.org)—New results on the interaction of femto- and attosecond light pulses with a solid insulator hold promise for reaching electronic switching rates up to the petahertz domain.
Communication channel between cells and machines paves way toward bio-hybrid robots
X-rays illuminate nitrogen's role in single-layer graphene
(Phys.org)—Researchers using x-rays to study a single-atom-thick layer of carbon, called graphene, have learned new information about its atomic bonding and electronic properties when the material is "doped" ...
11 hot cars at the LA Auto Show (Update)
The Los Angeles Auto Show opens to the public Friday. Here are some of the most talked-about vehicles that will be making their world debuts at the event:
Fiat 500 adds electric and big versions to lineup
The Fiat 500 is getting bigger and going electric.
Researchers improve technology to detect hazardous chemicals
(Phys.org)—Scientists at Imperial College London have developed a system to quickly detect trace amounts of chemicals like pollutants, explosives or illegal drugs.
A new chapter of solar energy conversion and storage?
(Phys.org)—Using the power of the sun and ultrathin films of iron oxide (commonly known as rust), Technion-Israel Institute of Technology researchers have found a novel way to split water molecules into ...
Millimeter-wave oscillation by ferromagnetic nanocontact device
Researchers have demonstrated theoretically that oscillation of 5–140 GHz is possible by supplying direct current to a ferromagnetic nanocontact device.
Quantum kisses change the color of nothing
Even empty gaps have a colour. Now scientists have shown that quantum jumps of electrons can change the colour of gaps between nano-sized balls of gold. The new results, published today in the journal Nature, set a ...
New study reveals challenge facing designers of future computer chips
To build the computer chips of the future, designers will need to understand how an electrical charge behaves when it is confined to metal wires only a few atom-widths in diameter.
Taming mavericks: Researchers use synthetic magnetism to control light
(Phys.org)—Stanford researchers in physics and engineering have demonstrated a device that produces a synthetic magnetism to exert virtual force on photons similar to the effect of magnets on electrons. The advance could ...
Researchers invent 'remote magnetic gears'—safe wireless vehicle-charging technology
University of British Columbia researchers have invented a safe, efficient technology to wirelessly charge electric vehicles using "remote magnetic gears" – and successfully tested it on campus service ...