Katherine Bourzac | MIT Materials News An exotic form of silicon, called silicene, could enable a new generation of faster computers. An exotic but tricky-to-use new form of silicon is being eyed a… Source: Atom-Thick Silicon Makes Crazy-Fast TransistorsRead more "Atom-Thick Silicon Makes Crazy-Fast Transistors"
The optical properties of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) change when the tiny structures are filled with water. That is the conclusion of scientists in Belgium and the US, who attribute the change to a “quasi-phase transition” that occurs in the water – although the exact nature of the transition is unknown. The research points to […]Read more "Quasi-phase transition spotted in water-filled carbon nanotubes"
Could graphene turn light to electricity? Scientists have shown that graphene can convert a single photon into multiple electrons, showing much promise for future photovoltaic devices. Graphene is… Source: Graphene multiplies the power of lightRead more "Graphene multiplies the power of light"
NASA has selected a science mission that will allow astronomers to explore, for the first time, the hidden details of some of the most extreme and exotic astronomical objects, such as stellar and supermassive black holes, neutron stars and pulsars. Objects such as black holes can heat surrounding gases to more than a million degrees. […]Read more "NASA Selects Mission to Study Black Holes, Cosmic X-ray Mysteries"
Just milligrams of antimatter could get us to Mars, but it costs a quadrillion dollars to make one gram. Now, a new calculation could allow us to make antimatter from light. This could significantly bring down the cost and give us a viable way to make antimatter. DRAMATIC ADVANCES A team of researchers from the […]Read more "Physicists Have Figured Out How to Create Matter and Antimatter Using Light"
The German upper house of parliament passed a resolution calling for a ban on internal combustion engines by 2030. August diesel sales dropped 5% in Germany, 5.8% in France, 5.5% in Belgium and Luxembourg, and 12.9 percent in the Netherlands. Source: Combating Climate Change: Germany Calls For A Ban On Combustion Engines By 2030Read more "Combating Climate Change: Germany Calls For A Ban On Combustion Engines By 2030"
WaterSeer is a low-tech, low-cost atmospheric water condenser that could help create water self-sufficiency in communities around the world. Source: Wind-powered device can produce 11 gallons per day of clean drinking water from the air : TreeHuggerRead more "Wind-powered device can produce 11 gallons per day of clean drinking water from the air"