silicon

  • Silicon surges as quantum tech favourite

    It might just prove central to next-gen machines, too.

    Three breakthrough papers published in just the past year have confirmed that silicon is neck-and-neck with competing...

    Computing May 21, 2019
  • A way for solar cells to capture more sunlight

    Researchers find a more efficient method of converting solar rays into electricity. By Viviane Ri...

    Solar panels cannot convert all of the sunlight they are exposed to into electricity. Researchers have found a way to...

    Technology August 17, 2015
  • Breakthrough for quantum computers

    Quantum computing in silicon has moved a step closer to becoming a reality. Cathal O'Connell ...

    Andrea Morello at work. The computer he and his team are trying to build would use silicon chips not dissimilar to th...

    Technology April 27, 2015
  • Invisible mending for the human body

    Silicon sheets covered with nanoneedles.

    A person with severe burns could one day be wrapped in bandages lined with invisible needles say researchers at Imper...

    Biology April 20, 2015
  • Why silicon computers rule

    Media reports often predict the silicon chip will soon be outdated – but the claims are far ahead...

    A 45-nanometre process 300 mm silicon wafer from Intel Japan. The processors have improved power efficiency and perfo...

    Technology February 23, 2015
  • Printed solar cells poised for a breakthrough

    Research into alternatives to silicon solar cells is making rapid progress. Viviane Richter reports.

    In one hour the Sun sends enough energy to the Earth to power civilisation for a year – if only we could capture it. ...

    Technology February 23, 2015
  • 3D printing takes its lead from the pop-up book

    Scientists are printing electronic circuits that spring up from a flat surface to form tiny 3D co...

    These microscopic 3D structures were designed to be printed on an elastic silicone surface and to pop up when the ten...

    Technology January 27, 2015
  • 17 molecules that changed the world

    The power of a simple molecule has never been more obvious.

    All molecules are not created equal. Some have saved billions of lives, wreaked environmental havoc or made the world...

    Chemistry December 31, 2008
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