Engineering

Material could bring optical communication onto silicon chips

Material could bring optical communication onto silicon chips

The huge increase in computing performance in recent decades has been achieved by squeezing ever more transistors into a tighter space on microchips. However, this...
Transparent solar technology represents 'wave of the future'

Transparent solar technology represents ‘wave of the future’

See-through solar materials that can be applied to windows represent a massive source of untapped energy and could harvest as much power as bigger,...
NASA technology may reduce airframe noise during landing

NASA technology may reduce airframe noise during landing

NASA has concluded a flight test series to investigate technologies that may significantly reduce airframe noise for communities near airports. The flights, which gathered data...
Shaping animal, vegetable and mineral

Shaping animal, vegetable and mineral

Researchers develop mathematical techniques for designing shape-shifting shells Nature has a way of making complex shapes from a set of simple growth rules. The curve of...
Converting carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide using water and electricity

Converting carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide using water and electricity

Researchers have determined how electrocatalysts can convert carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide using water and electricity. The discovery can lead to the development of efficient...
Engineers develop a programmable camouflaging skin

Engineers develop a programmable camouflaging skin

For the octopus and cuttlefish, instantaneously changing their skin color and pattern to disappear into the environment is just part of their camouflage prowess. These...
Lockheed Martin ATACMS Missile White Sands Missile Range

Lockheed Martin’s ATACMS successful in flight test

Lockheed Martin conducted another successful Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) modernization flight test recently at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. All test objectives were...
Smart windows go clear to dark and back in 1 minute

Smart windows go clear to dark and back in 1 minute

New windows can switch from transparent to opaque and back again in under a minute—a significant improvement over current versions that dim to reduce...
New telescope attachment allows ground-based observations of new worlds to rival those from space

New telescope attachment allows ground-based observations of new worlds to rival those from space

A new, low-cost attachment to telescopes allows previously unachievable precision in ground-based observations of exoplanets -- planets beyond our solar system. With the new attachment,...
Revolutionary guitar string rocks the guitar world

Revolutionary guitar string rocks the guitar world

A revolutionary guitar string developed at the University of St Andrews has struck a chord with some of the greats of the music world. The...