Study brings brain-like computing a step closer to reality
(PhysOrg.com) -- The development of 'brain-like' computers has taken a major step forward today with the publication of research led by the University of Exeter.
Researchers discover source for generating 'green' electricity
University of Minnesota engineering researchers in the College of Science and Engineering have recently discovered a new alloy material that converts heat directly into electricity. This revolutionary energy conversion method ...
Chemist investigates material for next-generation computer memory
Investigating the building blocks for next-generation computer memory has earned a University of Houston (UH) chemist his third Tier One research award.
Nature of bonding determines thermal conductivity
Optical data carriers such as DVDs, Blu-rays and CD-RWs store data in layers of so-called "phase change materials". In the future, these materials will enable the development of fast, non-volatile and energy-saving main memories. ...
Cerium's unusual behaviour
(PhysOrg.com) -- Livermore researchers have found that a crystal of cerium -- the chemical element that can be used for catalysts and fuel additives -- behaves in very unique ways when subjected to high pressures.
Supercomputer unravels structures in DVD materials
Although the storage of films and music on a DVD is part of our digital world, the physical basis of the storage mechanism is not understood in detail. In the current issue of the leading journal Nature Ma ...
An engineered directional nanofilm mimics nature's curious feats
(PhysOrg.com) -- In nature, textured surfaces provide some plants the ability to trap insects and pollen, certain insects the ability to walk on water, and the gecko the ability to climb walls. Being able ...
Magical BEANs: New nano-sized particles could provide mega-sized data storage
The ability of phase-change materials to readily and swiftly transition between different phases has made them valuable as a low-power source of non-volatile or “flash” memory and data storage. Now an ...
Scientists find metallic magnet with largest yet atomic displacement during thermal expansion
Highlight: Exploiting strain fields
(PhysOrg.com) -- Electronic devices of the future may benefit from a fundamental discovery that allows researchers to customize the electronic properties of complex materials such as single-crystal thin-film structures.
Scientists Make Temperature-Regulating Coffee Mug
Scientists advance facile synthesis of nanoparticles with multiple functions
Nanostructured materials have garnered great interest worldwide due to their unique size-dependent properties for chemical, electronic, structural, medical and consumer applications.
Magnetism Governs Properties of Iron-Based Superconductors
(PhysOrg.com) -- Though a year has passed since the discovery of a new family of high-temperature superconductors, a viable explanation for the iron-based materials’ unusual talent remains elusive. But a ...
One of the most important problems in materials science solved
Together with three colleagues Professor Peter Oppeneer of Uppsala University has explained the hitherto unsolved mystery in materials science known as 'the hidden order' - how a new phase arises and why. This discovery ...