Technology News

Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 10:13

New research by scientists at The Australian National University will see wasps being tracked in the same way as stolen cars – using specialist microdot technology.
 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 14:53

When a nasty strain of E. coli flooded hospitals in Germany this summer, it struck its victims with life-threatening complications far more often than most strains—and the search for explanation began.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 13:52

Researchers from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., have demonstrated for the first time that it’s possible to cloak a singular event in time, creating what has been described as a “history editor.” In a feat of Einstein-inspired physics, Moti Fridman and his colleagues sent a beam of light traveling down an optical fiber and through a pair of so-called “time lenses.” Between these two lenses, the researchers were able to briefly create a small bubble, or gap, in the flow of light. During that fleetingly brief moment, lasting only the tiniest fraction of a second, the gap functioned like a temporal hole, concealing the fact that a brief burst of light ever occurred.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 12:45

A University of Minnesota team of researchers has overcome a major hurdle in the quest to design a specialized type of molecular sieve that could make the production of gasoline, plastics and various chemicals more cost effective and energy efficient. The breakthrough research, led by chemical engineering and materials science professor Michael Tsapatsis in the university's College of Science and Engineering, is published in the most recent issue of the journal Science.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 08:29

A method which more than halves the temperature at which high-quality graphene can be produced has been pioneered by researchers. The researchers from the University of Cambridge’s Department of Engineering added a very small amount of gold to the surface of a nickel film, on which the graphene was then grown. The resulting alloy meant that they were able to grow graphene at 450ºC as opposed to the 1,000ºC that is normally required.

 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 08:19

Robots for everyone. That's James McLurkin's dream, and as the director of a Rice University robotics lab, he's creating an inexpensive and sophisticated robot called the "R-one" to make the dream a reality.