Technology

  • Solar cells are getting seriously light

    Novel design uses inkjet printing and clever ink.

    Researchers continue to break new ground with advances in solar cell technology that uses organic polymer material ra...

    Energy September 1, 2020
  • These bots were made for walkin’

    Taking baby steps with standard electronic signals.

    A Cornell University collaboration is trying to up the ante on walking robots by developing some you can control with...

    Robotics August 28, 2020
  • Natural radiation can mess with qubits

    Study reveals new hurdle for practical quantum computing.

    Natural radiation can limit the performance of superconducting quantum bits and thus potentially the operation of qua...

    Computing August 27, 2020
  • Conversation

    Aristotle and the chatbot

    Ancient rules of logic could make AI more human.

    By David Ireland and Dana Bradford, CSIRO  Many attempts to develop artificial intelligence are powered by powerfu...

    AI August 20, 2020
  • Solar cells succeed in space

    Short trip flags potential of new hybrid design.

    To test if something will work in space, there’s no better option than to send it into space. That’s what German r...

    Energy August 14, 2020
  • Plug it into the wall

    Chemists create ‘smart bricks’ for energy storage.

    The humble house brick could one day help power electronic devices, if researchers at Washington University, US, are ...

    Materials August 12, 2020
  • Sun, smarts and clean drinking water

    Researchers explore potential of metal-organic frameworks.

    Scientists led by Australia’s Monash University have reported another breakthrough in their efforts to develop more e...

    Materials August 11, 2020
  • History

    Margaret Hamilton helped land the Eagle

    She won many accolades, but wasn’t in the movies.

    When doing an internet search on the pioneering software engineer Margaret Hamilton, we must add a description such a...

    Computing August 9, 2020
  • Tea from a different kind of silver

    Sometimes you can put metal in the microwave.

    Tea aficionados will tell you that you should never heat the water in a microwave, because the resulting brew just do...

    Materials August 8, 2020
  • Hair v razor. Why hair wins

    It’s soft but persistent, so just keeps chipping away.

    Any non-bearded male will tell you that (a) shaving is monotonous and (b) razors don’t last. No matter how much they ...

    Materials August 7, 2020
  • Chemists say solids don’t get brighter than this

    Maintaining fluorescence means smiles all around.

    These are 3D printed gyroids made from SMILES (small-molecule ionic isolation lattices), a new class of materials tha...

    Materials August 7, 2020
  • Who’s the fool now?

    Magnetic new role possible for a maligned material.

    Fool’s gold could actually be valuable, but only if you do something that no-one (fool or otherwise) has done before....

    Materials August 1, 2020
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