Power/Performance Bits: July 3

Transient electronics Researchers at Vanderbilt University took a new approach to transient electronics, creating circuits that, rather than requiring active behavior to destruct, will dissolve if not kept above a certain temperature. Using silver nanowires embedded in a polymer that dissolves in water below 32 degrees Celsius – between body and room temperature – the team made a simple... » read more

System Bits: March 18

Bending light with a tiny chip Imagine your smartphone being able to project a bright, clear image from a presentation or a video onto a wall or a big screen – all made possible with a light-bending silicon chip developed by Caltech researchers. Traditional projectors pass a beam of light through a tiny image, using lenses to map each point of the small picture to corresponding, yet expan... » read more