Engineering

It’s now tougher (and more expensive) to find big ideas

It’s now tougher (and more expensive) to find big ideas

Big ideas are getting harder and harder to find, and innovations have become increasingly massive and costly endeavors, according to new research. As a result,...
Laser turns water into alien ice in nanoseconds

Laser turns water into alien ice in nanoseconds

For the first time, researchers have observed and captured the freezing of water into a type of extraterrestrial ice called ice VII (“ice seven”),...
New transparent thin film material could improve electronics and solar cells

New transparent thin film material could improve electronics and solar cells

A team of researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, have discovered a new nano-scale thin film material with the highest-ever conductivity in its...
World first Storing lightning inside thunder

World first: Storing lightning inside thunder

World-first transfer of light to acoustic information on a chip Acoustic buffer parks photonic information in a sound wave for later retrieval Hybrid chips useful in...
Low-power device breaks barrier for sending data from afar

Low-power device breaks barrier for sending data from afar

A new device that runs on almost zero power can transmit data across distances of up to 2.8 kilometers—breaking a long-held barrier—and could lead...
Should the US put power lines underground

Should the US put power lines underground?

It is the height of a highly destructive hurricane season in the United States. The devastation of Harvey in Texas and Louisiana caused nearly 300,000...
First on-chip nanoscale optical quantum memory developed

First on-chip nanoscale optical quantum memory developed

For the first time, an international team led by engineers at Caltech has developed a computer chip with nanoscale optical quantum memory. Quantum memory stores...
China’s bullet trains ready to lay on the speed

China’s bullet trains ready to lay on the speed

Bullet train trips between Beijing and Shanghai will get faster from Sept 21 when Fuxing bullet trains run at 350 kilometers per hour, bringing...
Air blast killed crew of Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley

Air blast killed crew of Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley

The H.L. Hunley, the first combat submarine to sink an enemy ship, also instantly killed its own eight-man crew with the powerful explosive torpedo...
New hybrid material can double solar cell efficiency

New hybrid material can double solar cell efficiency

A newly created material may have the capacity to double the efficiency of solar cells. Conventional solar cells are at most one-third efficient, a limit...