electronics

  • Can your phone sweat to keep cool?

    A new strategy for transient thermal management.

    Chinese engineers are investigating whether our phones can regulate their temperature by sweating – sort of.Writing...

    Materials January 23, 2020
  • Man who made the first electronic instrument

    Leon Theremin was an inventor, a musician, and a spy.

    With the world in the grip of the Cold War in the 1950s, movie makers responded with a clutch of topical science fict...

    Society April 30, 2019
  • Changing the way to design sensors

    US engineers have  3D-printed piezoelectric materials. Samantha Page reports.

    If you use voice-activated software – like iPhone’s Siri or voice-to-text – tiny, brittle pieces of crystal or cerami...

    Technology January 22, 2019
  • 2D diamonds set to change electronics

    Stubborn problem with next-gen transistors, solved.

    A new type of ultra-thin transistor made from diamond could improve the efficiency of rocket engines in high-radiatio...

    Physics October 28, 2018
  • Future info storage could use tiny valleys

    Proof-of-concept tests suggest the next step beyond electronics and spintronics. Phil Dooley repo...

    In the push to store ever more information in digital storage materials, physicists have made a breakthrough in a new...

    Technology August 23, 2018
  • Molecular electronics boost miniaturisation

    Opening the way to busting size limits.

    As electronic devices are being scaled smaller and smaller, scientists are beginning to hit the limits of what silico...

    Physics July 16, 2018
  • Skin circuits

    Sensors and solar panels printed on skin on demand may not be far away.

    This image shows an electronic circuit printed directly onto skin using a customised version of a cheap 3D printer. T...

    Technology April 29, 2018
  • Swirling graphene ink for printable circuits

    Graphene ink – powdered graphene suspended in alcohol – can be used to print electronic circuits ...

    Swirling graphene ink.James MacleodGraphene – a solid form of carbon in which atoms are arranged in a two-dimensional...

    Technology April 11, 2017
  • The future of electronics is light

    If we could use light, made up of photons, instead of electricity, we could make transistors even...

    For the past four decades, the electronics industry has been driven by what is called “Moore’s Law,” which is not a l...

    Technology January 3, 2017
  • Spaceship chip

    Meet the GR740 next-generation microprocessor.

    STMicroelectronicsHere is a close-up of the next-generation microprocessor that will serve a wide variety of future s...

    Technology December 17, 2016
  • Shape-shifting liquid metals for electronics that build themselves

    Watch as blobs of gallium alloy create switches and pumps, driven by their surrounding chemistry....

    Static circuit boards may one day give way to dynamic, changeable ones that can pop up on demand.PASIEKA / Getty Imag...

    Technology August 4, 2016
  • Double memory storage with magnetic and electric signals

    Electronic data storage devices, such as USB sticks, could benefit from switching between states....

    ruthyoel / Getty ImagesA discovery by Japanese scientists could double the storage capacity of USB flash drives by co...

    Technology July 12, 2016
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