The Light in the Tunnel

The Light in the Tunnel

Researchers from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, IMDEA Nanociencia and IFIMAC have developed a new method for the fabrication and characterization of atomic-sized photonic cavities, by exploiting the mechano-quantum tunnel effect. This discovery may be fundamental for the understanding and design of new, nanometric size, opto-electronic devices which will be key for the development of … Read more

Study puts spin into quantum technologies

A team of international scientists investigating how to control the spin of atom-like impurities in 2D materials have observed the dependence of the atom’s energy on an external magnetic field for the first time. The results of the study, published in Nature Materials, will be of interest to both academic and industry research groups working on … Read more

Fast-charging, long-running, bendy energy storage breakthrough

While at the proof-of-concept stage, it shows enormous potential as a portable power supply in several practical applications including electric vehicles, phones and wearable technology. The discovery, published today in Nature Energy, overcomes the issue faced by high-powered, fast-charging supercapacitors – that they usually cannot hold a large amount of energy in a small space. First … Read more

Reasons why megaprojects fail

Academics at UCL have identified 18 reasons why megaprojects such as HS2 and Crossrail often fail, as well as 54 preventative solutions. For the first time, academics developed a systematic literature review of the causes and cures of poor megaproject performance. They identified six key themes and looked at areas where a project might fail, … Read more

New technology could help solve AI’s ‘memory bottleneck’

Memory-hungry, power-sapping big data might finally have met its match. Electrical engineers at Northwestern University and the University of Messina in Italy have developed a new magnetic memory device that could potentially support the surge of data-centric computing, which requires ever-increasing power, storage and speed. Based on antiferromagnetic (AFM) materials, the device is the smallest … Read more

Artificial intelligence can spot when correlation does mean causation

A new Artificial Intelligence (AI) has allowed AI researchers, for the first time, to demonstrate a useful and reliable way of sifting through masses of correlating data to spot when correlation means causation. By fusing old, overlapping and incomplete datasets this new method, inspired by quantum cryptography, paves the way for researchers to glean the … Read more

Protective clothing with built-in sensors warns firefighters of too much heat

Imec, Ghent University, Brigade de Sapeurs-Pompiers de Paris, Connect Group and Sioen, today presented a prototype of new protective firefighters’ clothing with integrated temperature sensors and electronics to warn firefighters of too high ambient temperatures. The new protective sensing suit, that was developed within the framework of the Flemish I-CART project, was successfully tested at … Read more

Novel memristor-enabled computation in memory architecture could revolutionize artificial-intelligence hardware

Artificial intelligence (AI) is revived these years because of the development of deep learning algorithms, which perform excellently in computer vision tasks (e.g. image recognition, detection) and nature language processing (e.g. machine translation, text generation). This is promising to revolutionize our society to enter an intelligent era. However, the fundamental computing hardware still face severe … Read more

Evonetix collaborate with imec to scale-up chip-based technology production for third generation DNA synthesis platform

EVONETIX LTD (‘Evonetix’), the synthetic biology company developing a desktop platform for scalable, high-fidelity and rapid gene synthesis, today announced it has partnered with imec, a world-leading research and innovation hub active in the fields of nanoelectronics and digital technologies, to increase production of Evonetix’s proprietary microelectromechanical systems (MEMS)-based silicon chips, enabling the platform to … Read more

The water-energy nexus at rivers can be resolved worldwide by 2050 as a consequence of the energy transition

Water and energy are closely related, particularly in the current electricity generation based on thermal coal, gas, oil and nuclear power. The so-called water-energy nexus is a significant sustainability concern. However, a recent LUT study published in Nature Energy shows that the nexus can be resolved for thermal power plants worldwide as a consequence of the energy … Read more