System Bits: April 4


Nanodevices for extreme environments in space, on earth Researchers at the Stanford Extreme Environment Microsystems Laboratory (XLab) are on a mission to conquer conditions such as those found on Venus: a hot surface pelted with sulfuric acid rains, 480 degrees C, an atmosphere that would fry today’s electronics. By developing heat-, corrosion- and radiation-resistant electronics, the team ... » read more

Manufacturing Bits: March 7


Materials database Electronic materials and nanocrystals are used in a variety of applications. To integrate materials and crystals in devices, researchers must search in multiple places to discover new technologies and their various properties. On top of that, researchers may require long hours in the lab, and large computational resources, to enable new materials. Seeking to help res... » read more

System Bits: July 14


Missing magnetism of plutonium found In a discovery by two national labs that could hold great promise for materials, energy and computing applications, plutonium’s magnetism has been confirmed, which scientists have long theorized but have never been able to experimentally observe. According to Oak Ridge National Lab and Los Alamos National Lab, plutonium was first produced in 1940. Its ... » read more