1st IBM Quantum System One installed in Europe

The first IBM Quantum System One installed in Europe is now available to companies and research organizations that wish to develop and test applied quantum algorithms and gather expertise. In a joint project with IBM, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft will operate the quantum computer, installed in a center near Stuttgart, under German data protection law. The Fraunhofer Read more about 1st IBM Quantum System One installed in Europe[…]

A new sensor monitors in real time how stressed you are

Skoltech researchers have developed a prototype of a fluorescence-based sensor for continuous detection of cortisol concentrations in real time, which can help monitor various health conditions. The paper was published in the journal Talanta. Cortisol, a steroid hormone commonly known as the “stress hormone,” plays a significant role in the regulation of a range of physiological Read more about A new sensor monitors in real time how stressed you are[…]

The ‘last mile’ of a future mission to the Moon

Researchers from Skoltech and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have analyzed several dozen options to pick the best one in terms of performance and costs for the ‘last mile’ of a future mission to the Moon – actually delivering astronauts to the lunar surface and back up to the safety of the orbiting lunar station. Read more about The ‘last mile’ of a future mission to the Moon[…]

Eco-friendly flying is on the horizon

All over the world, researchers are developing new technologies to achieve this goal. One focus of developments is the idea of using hydrogen-powered engines for aircraft in the future. The aircraft companies, though, face the challenge of storing this energy source. Hydrogen turns liquid when cooled to minus 253 degrees Celsius, and only then can Read more about Eco-friendly flying is on the horizon[…]

Smart factory using AI methods

Small parts can cause big problems. Worn or defective components in industrial plants can bring an entire production process to a standstill. But artificial intelligence is helping businesses to anticipate when problems are likely to arise. A new data system identifies faults early on and proposes effective corrective action. A team of academic and industrial Read more about Smart factory using AI methods[…]

So-called space-time crystals

A German-Polish research team has succeeded in creating a micrometer-sized space-time crystal consisting of magnons at room temperature. With the help of the scanning transmission X-ray microscope Maxymus at Bessy II at Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin, they were able to film the recurring periodic magnetization structure in a crystal. Published in the Physical Review Letters, the research Read more about So-called space-time crystals[…]

New structural battery that performs ten times better

Researchers from Chalmers University of Technology have produced a structural battery that performs ten times better than all previous versions. It contains carbon fibre that serves simultaneously as an electrode, conductor, and load-bearing material. Their latest research breakthrough paves the way for essentially ‘massless’ energy storage in vehicles and other technology. The batteries in today’s Read more about New structural battery that performs ten times better[…]

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Haptic technology as non-contact technology to fight against Covid-19

With the importance of non-contact environments growing due to COVID-19, tactile electronic devices using haptic technology are gaining traction as new mediums of communication. Haptic technology is being applied in a wide array of fields such as robotics or interactive displays. haptic gloves are being used for augmented information communication technology. Efficient piezoelectric materials that Read more about Haptic technology as non-contact technology to fight against Covid-19[…]

Superpowers from ice crystals

At the heart of clouds are ice crystals. And at the heart of ice crystals, often, are aerosol particles – dust in the atmosphere onto which ice can form more easily than in the open air. It’s a bit mysterious how this happens, though, because ice crystals are orderly structures of molecules, while aerosols are Read more about Superpowers from ice crystals[…]

Electricity from wooden floors

Researchers at Empa and ETH Zurich have made wood compressible and turned it into a micro-generator. When it is loaded, an electrical voltage is generated. In this way, the wood can serve as a bio-sensor – or generate usable energy. The latest highlight: To ensure that the process does not require aggressive chemicals, naturally occurring Read more about Electricity from wooden floors[…]

Nanotechnology paves way for intelligent solar cells

Researchers at Tufts University School of Engineering have created light-activated composite devices able to execute precise, visible movements and form complex three-dimensional shapes without the need for wires or other actuating materials or energy sources. The design combines programmable photonic crystals with an elastomeric composite that can be engineered at the macro and nano scale Read more about Nanotechnology paves way for intelligent solar cells[…]

Efficient solar cells under analysis prediction

North Carolina State University-led researchers have developed an analytical measurement “framework” which could allow organic solar cell researchers and manufacturers to determine which materials will produce the most stable solar cells prior to manufacture. Organic solar cells have increased in efficiency over the past decades, but researchers and manufacturers still struggle with determining which material Read more about Efficient solar cells under analysis prediction[…]