Engineering

Tiny terahertz laser for sensing and imaging outperforms its predecessors

A tiny terahertz laser designed by MIT researchers is the first to reach three key performance goals at once: high power, tight beam, and...

New traffic rules in ‘Graphene City’

Topological control of electrons means future electronic roadways are now possible. In the drive to find new ways to extend electronics beyond the use of...

New 2D sensors can cover any smooth surface

Researchers have developed a method to transfer entire 2D circuits to any smooth surface. What if a sensor sensing a thing could be part of...

Scientists produce smallest 3D transistor yet

Process that modifies semiconductor material atom by atom could enable higher-performance electronics. Researchers from MIT and the University of Colorado have fabricated a 3D transistor...
US interstate highways need overhaul, says new report

US interstate highways need overhaul, says new report

US interstate highways need an overhaul; system requires a significant commitment for federal and state coordination and funding, says a new report. The future of...

New method to transfer entire 2D circuits to any smooth surface

What if a sensor sensing a thing could be part of the thing itself? Rice University engineers believe they have a two-dimensional solution to do...

‘Sun in a box’ would store renewable energy for the grid

MIT engineers have come up with a conceptual design for a system to store renewable energy, such as solar and wind power, and deliver...

Scientists develop easy-to-make rewritable paper

Even in this digital age, paper is still everywhere. Often, printed materials get used once and are then discarded, creating waste and potentially pollution. Now, scientists...

New material could extend the life of solar power plants to 5 years

Scientists develop a composite material which will extend the life of solar towers — installations for collecting Solar thermal energy — from 2-3 to...

Microscopic ‘sunflowers’ for better solar panels

Novel liquid crystal material can be programmed to move in three dimensions, opening up new possibilities for microfabrication. The pads of geckos' notoriously sticky feet...