Manufacturing Bits: Jan. 25

Stretchable thermometers The Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) has developed a stretchable and self-powered thermometer that can be integrated into various systems, such as stretchable electronics and soft robots. Depending on the materials used, the stretchable thermometer can measure temperatures of more than 200 degrees Celsius to -100 degrees Cel... » read more

Power/Performance Bits: March 4

Photon glue Like a spring connecting two swings, light can act as photon glue that binds together the quantum mechanical properties of two vastly different materials and this effect could harness the most useful characteristics from each material for hybrid solar cells and high efficiency lighting, among other applications. To this end, researchers at the University of Michigan and Queens Coll... » read more

Power/Performance Bits: Nov. 5

Even the world's best supercomputers are staggeringly inefficient and energy-intensive machines. Our brains have upwards of 86 billion neurons, connected by synapses that not only complete myriad logic circuits, but continuously adapt to stimuli, strengthening some connections while weakening others. We call that process learning, and it enables the kind of rapid, highly efficient computational... » read more