New Targets May Hit Bull’s-Eye for Chip Makers

The bull’s-eye solution to the semiconductor industry’s hunt for more exact means to measure the relative positions of ever-tinier devices squeezed by the millions onto silicon chips might be new types of targets, and ...

Ethylene Suggested for Hydrogen Storage

Ethylene, a ho-hum material that is the building block of the most common plastic, might have an exciting future in storing hydrogen, the hoped-for transportation fuel of the future. New research reported by scientists from ...

Mechanical Motion Used to 'Spin' Atoms in a Gas

For the first time, mechanical motion has been used to make atoms in a gas “spin,” scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology report. The technique eventually might be used in high-performance magnetic ...

NIST Math Technique Opens Clearer Window on Universe

A fast, efficient image enhancement technique developed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and originally applied to improving monochrome microscope images has proved itself equally effective at the other ...

Beautiful politicians win more votes: study

Beautiful politicians win more votes, according to Australian National University research released today that asked an independent group of ‘beauty raters’ to assess the looks of 286 major party candidates who ran in ...

New poinsettia for the nontraditionalist

U of I plant scientist Daniel Warnock hopes that one day soon a uniquely marbled pink poinsettia will be available to consumers who like decorating for the holidays with a flare for the unusual. The variety is yet unnamed, ...

Data transport via fibre-optic network could be faster still

Due to the explosive growth in data transport the need for a greater utilisation of the bandwidth of fibre-optic networks is increasing. Dutch researcher Erwin Verdurmen examined how the transmission capacity of the glass ...

Emperors in crisis

Roman emperors had to implement drastic reforms in the third century. In order to retain their position of power in this turbulent period they developed an emperor ideology. With this they increasingly laid claim to their ...

Online Shopping Habits Studied

Millions of holiday shoppers are bypassing traditional brick and mortar stores by instead purchasing the newest gadgets, big ticket items and toys with simple clicks of the mouse. Earlier this year, academic researchers published ...

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