Magnetic hard discs can store data for little more than a decade. But nanotechnologists have now designed and built a disk that can store data for a million years or more.
The world's fastest thermal transistor could lead to thermal logic gates for controlling microscopic machines, say physicists
German researchers have designed, built, and tested the first metamaterial made out of superconducting quantum resonators.
Theorists have discovered a new optical force that is analogous to the thrust that keeps aircraft aloft and causes tennis balls to swerve.
Look out for mass-produced invisibility cloaks thanks to an entirely new way of designing and manufacturing them out of materials such as Teflon.
Graphyne sheets could filter salt from seawater at rates several orders of magnitude faster than conventional desalination techniques, say Chinese researchers
The ability to stack graphene sheets on top of each other should make possible an entirely new class of devices that exploit previously inaccessible physics, say researchers
The only way to study the early stages of planet formation is in microgravity. This is how a group of students set out to do it
Vortices in the South Atlantic are mathematically equivalent to black holes, say physicists, an idea that could lead to new ways of understanding how currents transport oil and garbage across oceans
Chemists have calculated that chains of double or triple-bonded carbon atoms, known as carbyne, should be stronger and stiffer than any known material.