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Advancing to the core thanks to marsquakes

“Researchers at ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich have been able to use seismic data to look inside Mars for the first time. Marsquakes recorded by NASA’s InSight lander provided information about the structure of the planet’s …

Antimatter from laser pincers

“Research team develops new method to study astrophysical processes in the laboratory In the depths of space, there are celestial bodies where extreme conditions prevail: Rapidly rotating neutron stars generate super-strong magnetic fields. And black holes, with their enormous gravitational …

Blue Origin safely launches four commercial astronauts to space and back

“Blue Origin successfully completed New Shepard’s first human flight today with four private citizens onboard. The crew included Jeff Bezos, Mark Bezos, Wally Funk and Oliver Daemen, who all officially became astronauts when they passed the Kármán Line, the …

Calling all couch potatoes: this finger wrap can let you power electronics while you sleep

“A new wearable device turns the touch of a finger into a source of power for small electronics and sensors. Engineers at the University of California San Diego developed a thin, flexible strip that can be worn on a fingertip …

Can optical structures in feathers of a bird spawn a technology revolution?

“For years engineers have struggled to create in a usable form a structure known as a gyroid, a peculiar multi-surface object that can both reflect light and conduct electricity and just may hold the key to a host of photonics-related …

Contact-aware robot design

“A novel method to represent robotic manipulators helps optimize complex and organic shapes for future machines. Adequate biomimicry in robotics necessitates a delicate balance between design and control, an integral part of making our machines more like us. Advanced dexterity …

Data transmission speed record clocks blistering 319 Terabits per second

“The world record for fastest internet speed has been utterly shattered as Japanese engineers have demonstrated a data transmission rate of 319 Terabits per second (Tb/s) through optical fibers. The record was set over more than 3,000 km …

Developing the first ICs to orbit Earth

“For Charles “Bob” Cook, a project assigned by Jack Kilby led to the development of the first integrated circuits to ever orbit the Earth – and a foundation for future space electronics Jack Kilby was a little more than two years …

Future information technologies: Topological materials for ultrafast spintronics

“A team led by HZB physicist Dr. Jaime Sánchez-Barriga has gained new insights into the ultrafast response of topological states of matter to femtosecond laser excitation. Using time- and spin-resolved methods at BESSY II, the physicists explored how, after optical …

Gaming graphics card allows faster, more precise control of fusion energy experiments

“Nuclear fusion offers the potential for a safe, clean and abundant energy source. This process, which also occurs in the sun, involves plasmas, fluids composed of charged particles, being heated to extremely high temperatures so that the atoms fuse together …