Engineering News
February 18, 2020

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Researchers have developed a new platform for all-optical computing, meaning computations done solely with beams ... read more
For the first time, scientists have created a silicon chip that can accelerate electrons -- albeit at a fraction of the velocity of the most massive accelerators -- using an ... read more

Heat Energy Leaps Through Empty Space, Thanks to Quantum Weirdness

A surprising new study shows that heat energy can leap across a few hundred nanometers of a complete vacuum, thanks to a quantum mechanical phenomenon called the Casimir interaction. Though this ... read more

Reorganizing a Computer Chip: Transistors Can Now Both Process and Store Information

Researchers have created a more feasible way to combine transistors and memory on a chip, potentially bringing faster ... read more
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Small Altitude Changes Could Cut Climate Impact of Aircraft by Up to 59%

Altering the altitudes of less than 2% of flights could reduce contrail-linked climate change by 59%, says a new ... read more

'Atomic Dance' Reveals New Insights Into Performance of 2D Materials

A team used electron microscopy to observe the cause of failure in a widely used 2D material, which could help researchers develop more stable and reliable materials for flexible electronic ... read more

Harnessing the Domino Effect for Deployable Structures

Researchers have harnessed the domino effect to design deployable systems that expand quickly with a small push and are stable and locked into place after ... read more

DNA-Like Material Could Bring Even Smaller Transistors

A material shaped like a one-dimensional DNA helix might further push the limits on a transistor's size. The material comes from a rare earth element called ... read more

New Technology Could Help Solve AI's 'Memory Bottleneck'

Electrical engineers have developed a new magnetic memory device that could potentially support the surge of data-centric computing, which requires ever-increasing power, storage and ... read more

New Robot Does Superior Job Sampling Blood

In the future, robots could take blood samples, benefiting patients and healthcare workers alike. A team has created a blood-sampling robot that performed as well or better than people, according to ... read more

Crystal-Stacking Process Can Produce New Materials for High-Tech Devices

Stacking ultrathin complex oxide single-crystal layers allows researchers to create new structures with hybrid properties and multiple functions. Now, using a new platform, researchers will be able ... read more

Bending Diamond at the Nanoscale

A team of scientists has discovered diamond can be bent and deformed, at the nanoscale at least. The discovery opens up a range of possibilities for the design and engineering of new nanoscale ... read more

The Shape of Water: What Water Molecules Look Like on the Surface of Materials

Water is a familiar substance that is present virtually everywhere. The properties of the first few layers of water molecules in contact with the surface of materials (called 'surface ... read more

Induced Flaws in Metamaterials Can Produce Useful Textures and Behavior

A new study shows how induced defects in metamaterials -- artificial materials the properties of which are different from those in nature -- also produce radically different consistencies and ... read more

Extreme Weather Conditions Can Tax Urban Drainage Systems to the Max

During a typical Canadian winter, snow accumulation and melt -- combined with sudden rainfalls -- can lead to bottlenecks in storm drains that can cause flooding. With that in mind, researchers have ... read more

Portable Device Lights the Way to Better Foodborne Illness Detection

Researchers have been working to develop new technologies to help stop the spread of foodborne illnesses, which kill 3,000 people a year, by detecting them more efficiently. They have developed a ... read more

Building a Safer CAR-T Therapy

A new study has devised a new type of chimeric antigen-receptor (CAR) T cell -- a family of promising immunotherapies for cancer -- that can be switched on and off on ... read more

The One Ring -- To Track Your Finger's Location

Researchers have created AuraRing, a ring and wristband combination that can detect the precise location of someone's index finger and continuously track hand ... read more

'Wristwatch' Monitors Body Chemistry to Boost Athletic Performance, Prevent Injury

Engineering researchers have developed a device the size of a wristwatch that can monitor an individual's body chemistry to help improve athletic performance and identify potential health ... read more

Accelerating Chemical Reactions Without Direct Contact With a Catalyst

Researchers demonstrate a chemical reaction produced through an intermediary created by a separate chemical reaction, findings that could impact environmental remediation and fuel ... read more

Research Zeroing in on Electronic Nose for Monitoring Air Quality, Diagnosing Disease

Research has pushed science closer to developing an electronic nose for monitoring air quality, detecting safety threats and diagnosing diseases by measuring gases in a patient's ... read more

Robot Sweat Regulates Temperature, Key for Extreme Conditions

Just when it seemed like robots couldn't get any cooler, researchers have created a soft robot muscle that can regulate its temperature through ... read more

Molecular Motors Direct the Fate of Stem Cells

Scientists used molecular motors to manipulate the protein matrix on which bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells are grown. Rotating motors altered the protein structure, which resulted in a ... read more

Hybrid Technique to Produce Stronger Nickel for Auto, Medical, Manufacturing

Purdue University innovators have created a hybrid technique to fabricate a new form of nickel that may help the future production of lifesaving medical devices, high-tech devices and vehicles with ... read more

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