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Core technology for ultra-small 3-D image sensor

1 week ago from Physorg

A KAIST research team developed a silicon optical phased array (OPA) chip, which can be a core component for three-dimensional image sensors. This research was co-led by Ph.D. candidate Seong-Hwan...

Lightning's electromagnetic fields may have protective properties

1 week ago from Physorg

Lightning was the main electromagnetic presence in the Earth's atmosphere long before the invention of electricity. There are some 2,000 thunderstorms active at any given time, so humans and other...

Unleashing perovskites’ potential for solar cells

1 week ago from Science Blog

Perovskites — a broad category of compounds that share a certain crystal structure — have attracted a great deal of attention as potential new solar-cell materials because of their low...

Scientists take X-ray aim in effort to discover new fuel catalyst

1 week ago from Physorg

For many years, scientists have been looking for an effective and efficient way to turn water into energy-storing fuels using solar- and wind-powered electricity, likely by splitting water into hydrogen...

Turning a porous material's color on and off with acid

1 week ago from Physorg

A research team led by Hokkaido University in Japan has constructed a porous material that is very stable and changes color when exposed to acid vapor. This is believed to...

New phenomenon discovered that fixes a common problem in lasers: Wavelength splitting

1 week ago from Physorg

A team led by University of Utah physicists has discovered how to fix a major problem that occurs in lasers made from a new type of material called quantum dots....

A laser system built on principles of supersymmetry

1 week ago from Physorg

A team of researchers from the University of Central Florida and Michigan Technological University has developed a laser system concept built on the principles of supersymmetry. In their paper published...

Perceptions play big role in how residents feel about wind energy

1 week ago from Physorg

When local residents feel the planning process for building wind turbines is fair and open, their perceptions of the often-controversial energy source remain steady or improve with time, according to...

Sound and light trapped by disorder

1 week ago from Physorg

Sound and light are crucial for our life and are essential in many energy, communication and information technologies. Their interaction allows many fundamental observations in physics, from the detection of...

Scientists scour the cosmos to find the origins of the periodic table's 118 elements

1 week ago from Physorg

Since the invention of the periodic table 150 years ago this month, scientists have worked to fill in the rows of elements and make sense of their properties.

Australia streaks ahead to be renewables world champion

1 week ago from Physorg

Research from the Australian National University (ANU) has found that Australia is installing renewable power per person each year faster than any other country, helping it to meet its entire...

Cryo-force spectroscopy reveals the mechanical properties of DNA components

1 week ago from Physorg

Physicists from the University of Basel have developed a new method to examine the elasticity and binding properties of DNA molecules on a surface at extremely low temperatures. With a...

Something Is Not Quite Right In the Universe, Ultraprecise New Measurement Reveals

1 week ago from Live Science

A super-precise measurement of one of the fundamental constants of the universe suggests it's expanding faster now than it was in its early years.

TIMES INSIDER: For a Climate Reporter, a Dreaded Question: ‘Then Why Is It So Cold?’

1 week ago from NY Times Science

When temperatures dip, we hear it over and over. Here’s the answer — and why it matters.

First transport measurements reveal intriguing properties of germanene

1 week ago from Physorg

Germanene is a 2-D material derived from germanium and related to graphene. As it is not stable outside the vacuum chambers in which is it produced, no real measurements of...

Researchers develop new methods to create microfluidic devices with fluoropolymers

1 week ago from Physorg

A wide range of applications are based on microfluidic devices made of silicone rubbers such as polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), including materials synthesis, separation and sorting, diagnostics and bioanalysis. The popularity of...

A Trick of the Light

1 week ago from Science Blog

As you follow this series of letters To yet another series of letters, Your eyes become accustomed to the pace. You scan across each inky horizon, With lethargic pupils that...

On This Day, Feb. 8: Jetliner, military plane collide midair near Tehran

1 week ago from UPI

On Feb. 8, 1993, at least 132 people were killed when a Russian-made Tupolev jetliner flying for Iran Air Tours collided with a Sukhoi military aircraft.

Body recovered from plane wreckage identified as soccer star Emiliano Sala

1 week ago from UPI

The body recovered from the wreckage of a plane at the bottom of the English Channel has been identified as star Argentine soccer player Emiliano Sala, Police said Thursday.

Scientists discover new type of magnet

1 week ago from Science Daily

A team of scientists has discovered the first robust example of a new type of magnet -- one that holds promise for enhancing the performance of data storage technologies.

Unleashing perovskites' potential for solar cells

1 week ago from Physorg

Perovskites—a broad category of compounds that share a certain crystal structure—have attracted a great deal of attention as potential new solar-cell materials because of their low cost, flexibility, and relatively...

Safe to use hands-free devices in the car? Yes, according to research

1 week ago from Physorg

New research from the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute suggests that drivers who use hands-free electronic devices, as opposed to handheld ones, are less likely to get into a crash.

Roy Glauber, Nobel laureate and Harvard physics professor, dies at 93

1 week ago from Harvard Science

Roy J. Glauber ’46, the pioneering theoretical physicist who received the Nobel Prize in 2005 and was one of the last living scientists to have been present for the dawn of the...

U.S. poet laureate Tracy K. Smith ’94 to receive Harvard Arts Medal

1 week ago from Harvard Science

U.S. poet laureate Tracy K. Smith ’94 will be awarded the 2019 Harvard Arts Medal by Harvard President Larry Bacow in a May 2 ceremony. The award, presented by the Office for...

Passion and teamwork at the heart of Harvard’s student run opera

1 week ago from Harvard Science

As opening night neared, there wasn’t a moment to waste. The actors onstage went through their scenes. The stage director and lighting designers peered down from the control booth, ticking through every lighting...

A High-Tech Pill to End Drug Injections

1 week ago from NY Times Health

Engineers have developed a tiny robotic capsule that injects insulin once it lands in the stomach.

Charting a path to cheaper flexible solar cells

1 week ago from Science Daily

Researchers have reported new findings about perovskite solar cells that could lead the way to devices that perform better.

Baseball Hall of Famer Frank Robinson dies at 83

1 week ago from UPI

Baseball Hall of Famer Frank Robinson died on Thursday. He was 83-years-old.