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Plastic Lasers Starting to Shine
19 Dec | IEEE SpectrumFull Text External Link Indicator
"Organic lasers could be tuned to emit a broad range of wavelengths, could be built on sheets of plastic, would be flexible enough to bend, and very inexpensive to make. But while organic LEDs are a big part of the smartphone display market and are making inroads in solid-state lighting and flexible solar cells, the laser remains elusive.

“The OLED display works so well, it would be really nice to have a laser as well,” says Karl Leo, who heads the Institut für Angewandte Photophysik of TU Dresden and the Solar Center at King Abdullah Unhiversity of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia. Leo, who spoke at the Fall Meeting of the Materials Research Society (MRS) in Boston last week, says his lab has come up with a possible path toward an electric-powered organic laser by adding some metal to the laser cavity." Neil Savage
Vanadium oxide metamaterial structure appears to cool as it heats
18 Dec | MRS BulletinFull Text External Link Indicator
"When an object is heated, it gets hotter and emits more thermal radiation, right? Well, not always. Researchers at Harvard University have developed a thin-film/substrate structure that emits decreasing amounts of thermal radiation when heated over the temperature range of 75–85°C. Viewing this process through an infrared camera, the object appears to be getting colder even though it is really heating up." Tim Palucka
Toyota Licenses Wireless Charging Tech from WiTricity
12 Dec | IEEE SpectrumFull Text External Link Indicator
"You drive home in your electric car, enter your garage, and step out the car holding your briefcase in one hand and groceries in the other. Wouldn't it be nice if you could charge the car without physically plugging in?" Martin LaMonica
D-Wave’s Year of Computing Dangerously
12 Dec | IEEE SpectrumFull Text External Link Indicator
"After a year of outside investigation, questions remain about a controversial quantum computer" Jeremy Hsu
Zekavat Organizes Space Solar Power Workshop
09 Dec | Michigan Tech, Tech TodayFull Text External Link Indicator
"What may be one of Earth’s greatest places to find energy isn’t on Earth at all." Erika Vichcales
When aluminum outshines gold: Research details aluminum's valuable plasmonic properties
04 Dec | Phys.OrgFull Text External Link Indicator
"( —Humble aluminum's plasmonic properties may make it far more valuable than gold and silver for certain applications, according to new research by Rice University scientists.

Read more at:" Mike Williams
Microwave signals turned into electrical power
13 Nov | BBC NewsFull Text External Link Indicator
An electrical current capable of charging a mobile phone has been created from microwave signals.
Google Uses Minecraft to Teach Quantum Physics Rules
24 Oct | IEEE SpectrumFull Text External Link Indicator
"Google thinks it can get kids hooked on the wacky world of quantum physics early on by using the popular game Minecraft. The Internet giant has unveiled a game mod designed to help millions of Minecraft players become familiar with the strangeness of quantum physics rules that appear to defy reality." Jeremy Hsu
The World's Most Powerful MRI Takes Shape
24 Oct | IEEE SpectrumFull Text External Link Indicator
"Medical researchers expect unprecedented resolution from 11.75-Tesla imager" Neil Savage
Researchers claim 'almost instantaneous' quantum computing breakthrough
05 Sep | EngadgetFull Text External Link Indicator
"Silicon is great, but we're tickling the edges of its speed limit. As a result, researchers at Oregon State University have been plugging away at a low-cost, faster alternative for the past three years: tiny quantum devices called metal-insulator-metal diodes, or MIM diodes for short. Silicon chips involve electrons traveling through a transistor, but MIM diodes send electrons "tunneling" through the insulator in a quantum manner, such that they appear "almost instantaneously" on the other side. The tech's latest development doubles the insulator fun -- transforming the MIM into a MIIM (pictured above) -- giving the scientists another method for engineering quantum mechanical tunneling. With MIIMs, super fast transistor-less computers could be around the corner. The Oregon researchers aren't bold enough to put a date on making any of this happen outside of the lab, but they promise entire new industries may "ultimately emerge" from their work, and we're far too under-qualified to doubt them." Timothy J. Seppala

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