21/01/2013In a remarkable feat, scientists at Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, have developed thin film solar cells on flexible polymer foils with a new record efficiency of 20.4% for converting sunlight into electricity.
28/10/2012In close cooperation with the Aachen Centre of Technology Transfer, Dr. Storsberg and his team from the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer research IAP in Potsdam, are developing an artificial cornea.
17/09/2012An international team has developed a simple new technique using Scotch poster tape that has enabled them to induce high-temperature superconductivity in a semiconductor for the first time.
25/08/2012South African scientists have worked to unearth the secret of the mysterious circles. In their view, the circles are created not by extra-terrestrial forces, but rather by subterranean phenomena.
30/07/2012When you think of Majorca, you think of tourists drinking hard liquor out of plastic buckets through metre-long straws. This is supposed to be a thing of the past soon now, however.
29/06/2012Engineers are working on intelligent materials that can diminish vibrations and extract power from the environment.
29/05/2012A new thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) shows that plastics can also have a memory.
23/04/2012Last month, when the sun unleashed the most intense radiation storm since 2003, peppering satellites with charged particles and igniting strong auroras around both poles, a group of high school students in Bishop, California, knew just what to do. They launched a rubber chicken.
20/03/2012Printing three dimensional objects with incredibly fine details is now possible using “two-photon lithography”.
23/02/2012Researchers have not only developed a biomaterial from whey protein, they have also come up with a commercially viable method of producing multifunctional films on an industrial scale