Breakthrough quantum-dot transistors create a flexible alternative to conventional electronics

November 1, 2020 Scipreneur Private Limited 0

“Quantum dot logic circuits provide the long-sought building blocks for innovative devices, including printable electronics, flexible displays, and medical diagnostics” DOE/LOS ALAMOS NATIONAL LABORATORY LOS ALAMOS, N.M., October 29, 2020 – Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory and their collaborators from the University of California, Irvine have created fundamental electronic [..]

MIT startup wraps food in silk for better shelf life

“Cambridge Crops develops an edible, imperceptible coating that might replace plastic packaging to preserve meats and produce.” Source: Archana Apte | Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab Benedetto Marelli, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at MIT, was a postdoc at Tufts University’s Omenetto Lab when he [..]

Smart sponge could clean up oil spills

“Highly porous sponge selectively soaks up oil, sparing water and wildlife” Source: Northwestern Now Story Sponge can absorb more than 30 times its weight in oil and be reused up to several dozen times Secret lies in its oleophilic, hydrophobic, magnetic (OHM) nanocomposite coating Process can turn any cheap sponge [..]

New technology enables fast protein synthesis

“Automated tabletop machine could accelerate the development of novel drugs to treat cancer and other diseases.” Source: Anne Trafton | MIT News Office Many proteins are useful as drugs for disorders such as diabetes, cancer, and arthritis. Synthesizing artificial versions of these proteins is a time-consuming process that requires genetically [..]

Genetic barcodes can ensure authentic DNA fingerprints

“Researchers propose a way of ensuring that genetic samples taken in the field for DNA fingerprinting arrive at the laboratory unaltered” Source: DUKE UNIVERSITY DURHAM, N.C. – Engineers at Duke University and the New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering have demonstrated a method for ensuring that an increasingly popular [..]

Compact electronic nose to identify human lung diseases

“This device is designed as flexible electronics that can analyze exhaled air, as well as identify pathologies of the respiratory tract and organs.” Source: SKOLKOVO INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (SKOLTECH) Researchers from Russia and Italy have proposed a compact sensor system that can implement the functionality of the electronic [..]

A soft touch for robotic hardware

“Combined muscles and sensors made from soft materials allow for flexible robots” Source: UNIVERSITY OF TOKYO Robots can be made from soft materials, but the flexibility of such robots is limited by the inclusion of rigid sensors necessary for their control. Researchers created embedded sensors, to replace rigid sensors, that offer [..]

Silver nanocubes make point-of-care diagnostics easier to read

May 12, 2020 Yogita Soni 0

“Researchers use plasmonics to enhance fluorescent markers in lab-on-a-chip diagnostic devices” Source: DUKE UNIVERSITY DURHAM, N.C. – Engineers at Duke University have shown that nanosized silver cubes can make diagnostic tests that rely on fluorescence easier to read by making them more than 150 times brighter. Combined with an emerging [..]

Peptides that can be taken as a pill

“This new method help to identify those peptides that binds a disease target of interest and survive enzymes of the gastrointestinal tract.” Source: ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FÉDÉRALE DE LAUSANNE Peptides are short chains of amino acids that occur in our body, in plants or bacteria to control diverse functions. Several peptides [..]

A closer look at superconductors

“A new measuring method helps understand the physics of high-temperature superconductivity” Source: Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf From sustainable energy to quantum computers: high-temperature superconductors have the potential to revolutionize today’s technologies. Despite intensive research, however, we still lack the necessary basic understanding to develop these complex materials for widespread application. “Higgs spectroscopy” [..]

2D oxide flakes pick up surprise electrical properties

“Rice University lab detects piezoelectric effects in nanosheets due to defects” Source: Rice University News Rice University researchers have found evidence of piezoelectricity in lab-grown, two-dimensional flakes of molybdenum dioxide. Their investigation showed the surprise electrical properties are due to electrons trapped in defects throughout the material, which is less [..]

Technique could enable cheaper fertilizer production

“Chemical engineers take a step toward generating ammonia with small-scale, electrochemical reactors.” Source: Anne Trafton | MIT News Office Most of the world’s fertilizer is produced in large manufacturing plants, which require huge amounts of energy to generate the high temperatures and pressures needed to combine nitrogen and hydrogen into [..]

Rat spinal cords control neural function in biobots

April 29, 2020 Scipreneur Private Limited 0

“The interaction between a rat spinal cord and an engineered muscle system displays behavior similar to the peripheral nervous system” Source: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, News Bureau WASHINGTON, Tuesday, April 28, 2020 — Biological robots, or biobots, draw inspiration from natural systems to mimic the motions of organisms, such [..]