Protecting plants intelligently

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Protecting plants intelligently

“We must reduce the environmental and health risks of pesticides. However, rather than banning them completely, Robert Finger advocates an intelligent approach to crop protection. Glyphosate, neonicotinoids, drinking water initiative – renouncing pesticides is currently the subject of fierce discussion. For …

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Quantum transfer at the push of a button

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Quantum transfer at the push of a button

“In the new quantum information technologies, fragile quantum states have to be transferred between distant quantum bits. Researchers at ETH have now realized such a quantum transmission between two solid-state qubits at the push of a button. Data transmission is …

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Sculpting with graphene foam

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Sculpting with graphene foam

“Rice lab creates conductive 3D carbon blocks that can be shaped for applications Rice University scientists have developed a simple way to produce conductive, three-dimensional objects made of graphene foam. The squishy solids look and feel something like a child …

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Squeezing light at the nanoscale

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Squeezing light at the nanoscale

“Ultra-confined light could detect harmful molecules Sciences (SEAS) have developed a new technique to squeeze infrared light into ultra-confined spaces, generating an intense, nanoscale antenna that could be used to detect single biomolecules. The researchers harnessed the power of polaritons …

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Tripling the Energy Storage of Lithium-Ion Batteries

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Tripling the Energy Storage of Lithium-Ion Batteries

“As the demand for smartphones, electric vehicles, and renewable energy continues to rise, scientists are searching for ways to improve lithium-ion batteries—the most common type of battery found in home electronics and a promising solution for grid-scale energy storage …

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A Better Device for Measuring Electromagnetic Radiation

A Better Device for Measuring Electromagnetic Radiation

“New bolometer is faster, simpler, and covers more wavelengths. Bolometers, devices that monitor electromagnetic radiation through heating of an absorbing material, are used by astronomers and homeowners alike. But most such devices have limited bandwidth and must be operated at …

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A new way for designing electronics

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A new way for designing electronics

“A team from the University of Southampton has invented a new way for designing electronic systems that incorporates the best from both analogue and digital paradigms. The approach combines the computational power of analogue with the energy benefits of digital …

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