Lab-on-fiber could shine light on disease
Bending the light with a tiny chip
(Phys.org) —Imagine that you are in a meeting with coworkers or at a gathering of friends. You pull out your cell phone to show a presentation or a video on YouTube. But you don't use the tiny screen; your ...
'Milking' brown recluse spiders for silk
(Phys.org) —Rabbit, a brown-recluse spider, is fastened to the proverbial treadmill in Hannes Schniepp's Nanomaterials & Imaging lab. She is restrained but relaxed. Her spinnerets are churning out exquisite ...
Squeezing light into metals: Team controls conductivity with inkjet printer
Using an inexpensive inkjet printer, University of Utah electrical engineers produced microscopic structures that use light in metals to carry information. This new technique, which controls electrical conductivity ...
Spectrum imaging used to measure atom concentrations at atomic resolution
The ability to locate and count small numbers of impurity atoms could lead to advances in modern electronics and optical fiber communication networks.
Novel optical fibers transmit high-quality images
After having recently discovered a new way to propagate multiple beams of light through a single strand of optical fiber, engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) now have found that their ...
Artificial muscle made of fishing line is 100 times stronger than yours
By taking simple sewing thread and fishing wire and giving it a twist, scientists have created artificial muscle that's 100 times stronger than human or animal sinew. The invention, described in the journal Science, could ...
Sticky nanoparticles fight heart disease (w/ video)
Clemson University researchers have developed nanoparticles that can deliver drugs targeting damaged arteries, a non-invasive method to fight heart disease.
Carbon nanotube fibers outperform copper
(Phys.org) —On a pound-per-pound basis, carbon nanotube-based fibers invented at Rice University have greater capacity to carry electrical current than copper cables of the same mass, according to new research.
3D-printed metal bike frame is light but strong
Low-cost multi-fiber optical connector developed
Fujitsu Laboratories and Furukawa Electric today announced that they have collaborated to develop a new multi-fiber optical connector that enjoins and aligns multiple optical fibers for optical interconnects.
Future solar cells may be made of wood
Book pulls appplications from abstract mathematics
Mathematics can explain how light waves propagate in a fiber optic cable or that a linear flow of air over a plane's wings gives passengers a smooth ride, while nonlinear flow causes turbulence.
Turkeys inspire smartphone-capable early warning system for toxins
(Phys.org) —Some may think of turkeys as good for just lunch meat and holiday meals. But bioengineers at the University of California, Berkeley, saw inspiration in the big birds for a new type of biosensor ...