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3D printed electrodes free the gas

“Alkaline water electrolysis has been touted as a path to establish a hydrogen economy by converting intermittent renewable energies into clean hydrogen-based chemical energy. However, current technology has achieved only low current densities and voltage efficiencies. To make electrolysis more …

A new graphene-based nanoscale sensor enables detection of a single carbon dioxide molecule - Breakthrough for future environmental sensing technology

“A research group at School of Materials Science / Energy and Environment division at Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST, President Testuo Asano), succeeded to detect a single CO2 molecule electronically by using a newly developed nano-scale sensor device …

A robot that tells growers when to water crops is on the way

“Every backyard gardener knows how hard it can be to tell when to water the plants. Multiply that by tens or hundreds of acres and it’s easy to see the challenges growers face keeping their crops healthy while managing …

An obstacle avoidance system for flying robots inspired by owls

“When developing robotic systems and computational tools, computer scientists often draw inspiration from animals or other biological systems. Depending on a system’s unique characteristics and purpose, in fact, nature typically offers specific examples of how it could achieve its …

An origami-inspired robotic fingertip with shape-morphing capabilities

“To perform tasks that involve moving or handling objects, robots should swiftly adapt their grasp and manipulation strategies based on the properties of these objects and the environment surrounding them. Most robotic hands developed so far, however, have a fixed …

Chang’e 5 sets out to collect moon samples in landmark mission

“China launched a large robotic spacecraft early Tuesday morning at the Wenchang Space Launch Center in South China’s Hainan province, tasking it with landing on the moon and bringing back lunar samples, 44 years after the last time such …

Direct visualization of quantum dots reveals shape of quantum wave function

“Researchers used a scanning tunneling microscope to visualize quantum dots in bilayer graphene, an important step toward quantum information technologies Trapping and controlling electrons in bilayer graphene quantum dots yields a promising platform for quantum information technologies. Researchers at UC …

Guiding the way to improved solar cell performance

“Small molecules could hold the key to enhancing the efficiency of organic solar cells. Understanding how particles travel through a device is vital for improving the efficiency of solar cells. Researchers from KAUST, working with an international team of scientists …

Improving quantum dot interactions, one layer at a time

“Osaka City University scientists and colleagues in Japan have found a way to control an interaction between quantum dots that could greatly improve charge transport, leading to more efficient solar cells. Their findings were published in the journal Nature Communications …

Introducing TSMC 3DFabric: TSMC’s Family of 3D Silicon Stacking, Advanced Packaging Technologies and Services

“Computing workloads have evolved more over the past decade than perhaps the previous four decades. Not too long ago, word processing, spreadsheets, presentation graphics and the occasional game of solitaire were the typical workload for even the most advanced processors …