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A quantum step forward in high pressure science

Under normal conditions, some materials are naturally better at conducting electricity than others. By applying high enough pressure, some materials that normally block the flow of electricity, like sulfur, can become conductors better than copper or gold. A wire of such "superconductor" could theoretically deliver... click to read more

  • Prabudhya Bhattacharyya | Graduate Student at Department of Physics, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA
  • Thomas Mittiga | Graduate Student at Department of Physics, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA.
Views 2124
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Dec 7, 2020
World’s first microscale ‘transformer’ robot

The live-action Transformers film series features Autobots, mechanical, modular robotic lifeforms that could change their bodies into various alternative modes such as weapons, vehicles or machinery, and help save our planet from alien threats. Inspired by this fantasy, scientists and engineers have been developing technologies... click to read more

  • Tian-Yun Huang | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at State Key Laboratory for Turbulence and Complex Systems, Department of Mechanics and Engineering Science, BIC-ESAT, College of Engineering, Peking University, 100871 Beijing, People’s Republic of China.
  • Huiling Duan | Chang Jiang Chair Professor at State Key Laboratory for Turbulence and Complex Systems, Department of Mechanics and Engineering Science, BIC-ESAT, College of Engineering, Peking University, 100871 Beijing, People’s Republic of China.
Views 3585
Reading time 2 min
published on Nov 26, 2020
Cooled to the Quantum Realm

Levitation of objects sounds like magic, but it is precisely what Arthur Ashkin's optical tweezer won the Nobel Prize for in 2018. An optical tweezer amounts to an intense laser that focuses down to a very small point. Optical tweezers trap an object put at... click to read more

  • Kahan Dare | PhD Student at Vienna Center for Quantum Science and Technology, Faculty of Physics, University of Vienna, Austria
  • Manuel Reisenbauer | PhD Student at Vienna Center for Quantum Science and Technology, Faculty of Physics, University of Vienna, Austria
  • Uroš Delić | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Vienna Center for Quantum Science and Technology, Faculty of Physics, University of Vienna, Austria
Views 2320
Reading time 2.5 min
published on Nov 6, 2020
A match made in heaven: Stacking two solar cells boosts their efficiency

The development and realization of clean, renewable energy is one of the significant problems of our time. Over 850 million people do not have access to electricity. We must find a way to deliver it while maintaining a sustainable climate and air pollution standards. Solar... click to read more

Views 2293
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Oct 29, 2020
How lab-grown blood vessels can help us understand malaria

Blood circulates a hundred thousand times in our body each day to provide nutrients and support to tissues. This circulation is carried out by blood vessels in a highly organized and efficient transport system. Large vessels are somewhat like highways, carrying large volumes of blood... click to read more

  • Caitlin Howard | Graduate Student at Department of Bioengineering; Institute of Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine, University of Washington
  • Joseph D. Smith | Professor at Center for Global Infectious Disease Research, Seattle Children’s Research Institute; Department of Pediatrics, University of Washington.
  • Ying Zheng | Professor at Department of Bioengineering; Institute of Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine, University of Washington
Views 2506
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Oct 28, 2020