Silicon boosts sustainable rice production
Silicon boosts sustainable rice production

By enhancing the resistance against pests, pathogens and abiotic stresses such as salts, drought and storms, silicon (Si) plays a crucial role in the development of sustainable rice production systems with lower or zero input of harmful pesticides, says a study. 

Large quantum computers closer to reality
Large quantum computers closer to reality

 Scientists have for the first time encoded quantum information using simple electrical pulses, bringing affordable large-scale quantum computers one step closer to reality.

Coatings that conceal real objects

 Researchers at the Pennsylvania State University in the US have developed "illusion coatings" that can hide things by making them appear like something else.

Now, get faster, smaller, greener computers with 'phase-change materials'

A new research has revealed that computers can be made smaller, greener and capable of processing information up to 1,000 times faster than current models by replacing silicon with 'phase-change materials' (PCMs).

New graphene-type material created

Scientists have created a new material, related to graphene, which has the potential to improve transistors used in electronic devices.

New data storage disc to last a billion years

Scientists have designed a nearly indestructible data storage disc that can store date for a million years - even if you barbecue it.

‘More durable and less expensive’ solar cell

Scientists have developed highly efficient electrolyte system for solar cells that can convert sunlight into electricity and retain it for longer period.

Ultrathin silicon substitute to revolutionize future electronics

Scientists have successfully come up with an alternative to silicon that has superior electron mobility and velocity.

Ultra-powerful laser makes silicon pump liquid uphill with no added energy

Researchers at University of Rochester’s Institute of Optics have used an ultra powerful laser to make liquid flow vertically upward along a silicon surface, overcoming pull of gravity, without pumps or other mechanical devices.

New organic nano-wires may help replace silicon in computer chips

Organic nano-scale wires may serve as an alternative to silicon in computer chips, according to a collaborative team of Chinese and Danish researchers.