New device gets scientists closer to quantum materials breakthrough

Wei Bao, Nebraska assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering. Credit: University of Nebraska-Lincoln Researchers from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of California, Berkeley, have developed a new photonic device that could get scientists closer to the “holy grail” of finding the global minimum of mathematical formulations at room temperature. Finding that illusive … Read more

Making a cloaking device: The science behind Predator

The Predator franchise has spawned five movies – including the upcoming prequel film, Prey – and two crossover flicks pitting the titular predator against alien xenomorphs, not to mention countless books, comics, video games, and more. But, long before the Predator fought the Ninja Turtles in the pages of comic books, however, one was hunting … Read more

New Device Purifies Saltwater Over a 1000 Times Faster Than Standard Industrial Equipment

A new study, published in Science on May 12th, 2022, found a new method to purify water that is 2400 times faster than even experimental carbon nanotube-based desalination devices. The future of desalination: Using a Teflon-like membrane to purify water Water scarcity is a growing problem around the globe. In Africa alone, it is estimated … Read more

New Low-Cost Battery-Like Device Captures CO2 Emissions While It Charges

The supercapacitor device, which is similar to a rechargeable battery, is about the size of a quarter, and is made in part from sustainable materials including coconut shells and seawater. Designed by researchers from the University of Cambridge, the supercapacitor could help power carbon capture and storage technologies at a much lower cost. Credit: Gabriella … Read more

‘Smart’ Contact Lens Could Help Treat a Leading Cause of Blindness, Scientists Say

A flexible contact lens that senses eye pressure and releases a drug on-demand could help treat glaucoma, the second leading global cause of blindness worldwide. The compact wireless device, which has been developed by a team of Chinese researchers and tested in pig and rabbit eyes so far, appears to detect and reduce rising eye … Read more

Scientists Just Measured a Mechanical Quantum System Without Destroying It

There’s a key aspect of quantum computing you may not have thought about before. Called ‘quantum non- demolition measurements’, they refer to observing certain quantum states without destroying them in the process. If we want to put together a functioning quantum computer, not having it break down every second while calculations are made would obviously … Read more

Elon Musk Claims Neuralink Could ‘Cure’ Tinnitus… Don’t Get Too Excited

The human brain is said to be the most complex biological structure ever to exist. And while science does not fully understand the brain yet, researchers in the expanding field of neuroscience have been making progress. Neuroscientists have made substantial inroads towards mapping the complex functions of the brain’s 85 billion or so neurons and … Read more

Bye, Bye, Biopsy? Handheld Device With New Imaging Tech To Painlessly Identify Skin Cancers

A handheld device being developed at the Stevens Institute of Technology can scan skin and detect different types of skin cancer, such as carcinoma (left), squamous cell carcinoma (middle), and actinic keratosis (right). Credit: Stevens Institute of Technology Team at Stevens Institute of Technology uses millimeter-wave imaging to slash the rate of unnecessary biopsies. Skin … Read more

A Cellphone-Sized Device Automatically Adjusts a Home’s Power Use to Save Money

A cellphone-sized device automatically adjusts a home’s power use up or down to save the consumer money and increase the resiliency of the electric grid. The effects of climate change are pushing electrical grids around the world to their limits. Last year, unprecedented cold weather caused people in Texas to turn up their thermostats, which … Read more