Promising new alloy for resistive switching memory
Memory based on electrically-induced "resistive switching" effects have generated a great deal of interest among engineers searching for faster and smaller devices because resistive switching would allow ...
Spintronics: Deciphering a material for future electronics
Topological insulators are the key to future spintronics technologies. EPFL scientists have unraveled how these strange materials work, overcoming one of the biggest obstacles on the way to next-generation ...
Glass electrodes used in nanoscale pump
IBM Scientists Demonstrate World's Fastest Graphene Transistor
(PhysOrg.com) -- In a just-published paper in the magazine Science, IBM researchers demonstrated a radio-frequency graphene transistor with the highest cut-off frequency achieved so far for any graphene device ...
If space shuttle is doomed, do you tell the crew?
A NASA top official wrestled with what he thought was a hypothetical question: What should you tell the astronauts of a doomed space shuttle Columbia?
Fur and feathers keep animals warm by scattering light
In work that has major implications for improving the performance of building insulation, scientists at the University of Namur in Belgium and the University of Hassan I in Morocco have calculated that hairs ...
A new route to dissipationless electronics
A team of researchers at RIKEN and the University of Tokyo has demonstrated a new material that promises to eliminate loss in electrical power transmission. The surprise is that their methodology for solving ...
Advanced light source provides a new look at vanadium dioxide
(Phys.org) —Graphene may command the lion's share of attention but it is not the only material generating buzz in the electronics world. Vanadium dioxide is one of the few known materials that acts like ...
Nanotech research yields bouncing liquid metal marbles (w/ video)
Coating liquid metal droplets in a nanoparticle mix creates an extra strong non-stick conductive material that retains its shape even under high impact, Australian research has found.
Graphane yields new potential: Physicists dig theoretical wells to mine quantum dots
Graphane is the material of choice for physicists on the cutting edge of materials science, and Rice University researchers are right there with the pack - and perhaps a little ahead.
Transistor made from vanadium dioxide could function as smart window for blocking infrared light
The transistor is the ultimate on-off switch. When a voltage is applied to the surface of a semiconductor, current flows; when the voltage is reversed, current is blocked. Researchers have tried for decades ...
Fluorographene: The world's thinnest insulator
(PhysOrg.com) -- The remarkable properties of graphene and Teflon have been combined in a new material by the winners of this years Nobel Prize for Physics.
Scientists have discovered way to create high-quality graphene capacitor, which could deliver high-frequency electronics
(Phys.org)—Writing in PNAS, University of Manchester graphene researchers found that sandwiching a layer of the wonder material between boron nitride could produce highly-accurate capacitors.
Scientists Strive to Replace Silicon with Graphene on Nanocircuitry
(PhysOrg.com) -- Scientists have made a breakthrough toward creating nanocircuitry on graphene, widely regarded as the most promising candidate to replace silicon as the building block of transistors. They ...