Recording the birth of a nanoplasma

An international team of researchers has successfully recorded the birth of a nanoplasma for the first time. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, the group describes how they pulled off this feat ...

Smarter, safer bridges with Sandia sensors

Along with flying cars and instantaneous teleportation, smart bridges, roads and subway lines that can send out warnings when they're damaged are staples of futuristic transportation systems in science fiction.

Capturing CO2 using heat pumps

Capturing the greenhouse gas CO2 from industrial processes such as cement manufacture is a demanding and therefore expensive exercise. However, by introducing a renewable powered heat pump in the capture system, the energy ...

Honey, I shrunk the vacuum chambers!

It takes a lot of work to achieve nothingness. The beam pipes within particle accelerators are some of the emptiest regions in the universe. They are evacuated so as to prevent the accelerating particles from colliding with ...

Robot-mounted vacuum grippers flex their artificial muscles

A short electric pulse is all it takes to generate and release a powerful vacuum in the blink of an eye. The novel vacuum gripper developed by the research team led by Professor Stefan Seelecke at Saarland University enables ...

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