Engineering

A plastic-eating caterpillar: New solution to plastic pollution

Plastic-eating caterpillar: New solution to plastic pollution

Generally speaking, plastic is incredibly resistant to breaking down. That's certainly true of the trillion polyethylene plastic bags that people use each and every year. But...
Dirt-free indoor garden grows a year of weekly salads

Dirt-free indoor garden grows a year of weekly salads

A new device can produce enough food to make one salad per week for an entire year—and do it inside an apartment. “The pumps are always...
Graphene 'copy machine' may produce cheap semiconductor wafers

Graphene ‘copy machine’ may produce cheap semiconductor wafers

In 2016, annual global semiconductor sales reached their highest-ever point, at $339 billion worldwide. In that same year, the semiconductor industry spent about $7.2 billion...
3-D-printable implants may ease damaged knees

3-D-printable implants may ease damaged knees

A cartilage-mimicking material created by researchers at Duke University may one day allow surgeons to 3-D print replacement knee parts that are custom-shaped to...
Space fabric links fashion and engineering

Space fabric links fashion and engineering

Raul Polit-Casillas grew up around fabrics. His mother is a fashion designer in Spain, and, at a young age, he was intrigued by how...
Semiconductors for moving holograms twist like fusilli

Semiconductors for moving holograms twist like fusilli

Scientists have discovered a way to mass-produce spiral semiconductors necessary for smartphone displays with moving, holographic 3D images. Researchers at the University of Michigan unveiled...
Silicon wafers could take heat of solar ‘power plants’

Silicon wafers could take heat of solar ‘power plants’

New research demonstrates how to modify a silicon wafer to withstand temperatures approaching 535 degrees Celsius without losing stability or performance. Dealing with such high temperatures...
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...
New cores for fiber optics could speed up internet

New cores for fiber optics could speed up internet

A new way of creating semiconductor fiber optics may lead to much faster transfer of data, new research suggests. Researchers are working with semiconductor optical...
Art of paper-cutting inspires self-charging paper device

Art of paper-cutting inspires self-charging paper device

Despite the many advances in portable electronic devices, one thing remains constant: the need to plug them into a wall socket to recharge. Now researchers,...