Helping keep computer chips cool
Integrated system proves effective and power-efficient.
When it comes to computer chips, smaller is better. Manufacturers are continually trying to shrink their size and pac...
Research that gets to the point
Mathematicians consider how stone forests form.
Stone forests are as mysterious as they are majestic. It is not certain exactly what forces created the rock formati...
Children’s brains hear language differently
Research suggests this also helps them recover from neural injury.
Young children use both brain hemispheres to understand language, neuroscientists say, which may explain why they app...
Turning buoyancy on its head
French researchers have floated boats “upside down” on liquid.
At risk of stating the obvious: boats float on top of water. Yet French researchers have seemingly inverted gravity a...
How brain flexibility emerges in infants
Imaging provides new insights into mental capacity.
Scientists say they’ve discovered that cognitive flexibility, a critical higher order brain function, starts developi...
Green light for new coupling tool
Trigger turns photochemical reaction on and off.
Australian researchers have reported the development of a new molecular coupling tool combining green light and pH tr...
To be safe in a crowd, be like a locust
Engineers inspired to design new collision-avoidance device.
US engineers are trying to develop a low-power collision detector for robots, drones and even self-driving cars that ...
Raising questions about physical reality
Unveiling a new paradox in quantum mechanics.
If a tree falls in a forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound? Perhaps not, some say. And if so...
Exploring the mechanics of antibiotic resistance
Researchers discover how bacteria share genes.
Australian researchers say they discovered how bacteria share antibiotic-resistance genes. Superbugs caught transf...
A three-in-one flame with potential
Researchers learn more about the intriguing blue whirl.
Four years ago, a team of aerospace and fire protection engineers from the University of Maryland, US, described a un...
Alcohol beats the coffee ring effect
That could mean better printing for electronics, researchers say.
The “coffee ring effect” is one of the most puzzling phenomena in fluid mechanics. A quick Google search will unearth...
Can ageing really be 'treated' or 'cured'?
An evolutionary biologist explores and explains.
By Zachariah Wylde, University of New South Wales As time passes, our fertility declines and our bodies start to ...