These Shapeshifting Metals Could Be the Future of Flight
Wired - December 2017
They're lighter (and weirder) than conventional metals, and they could help airlines save on gas—and go supersonic.
Rippling Graphene Sheets May Be the Key to Clean, Unlimited Energy
Futurism - December 2017
"Physicists at the University of Arkansas have invented a nano-scale power generator that could potentially use the movement of graphene to produce clean, unlimited energy. Called a Vibration Energy Harvester, this development provides evidence for the theory that two-dimensional materials could be a source of usable energy."
Perovskites Challenge Quantum Dots as Champion Emitters of Light
IEEE Spectrum - November 2017
"An international research team from the University of Maryland and ETH Zurich in Switzerland has successfully demonstrated that a nanocrystal of perovskite can serve as a quantum emitter of light, and, when coupled with a nanophotonic cavity, can dramatically improve the efficiency of the light emission."
High-Refractive-Index Material Retains High Transmissivity After Annealing at 850 Degrees C
Phys.org - November 2017
"Toyohashi University of Technology researchers in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), have developed a new material capable of retaining high transmissivity after thermal treatment at 850°C and successfully applied the material to optical devices. The researchers alternately laminated film of this high-refractive-index material and film of a low-refractive-index material to form a dielectric mirror and then used the mirror for magneto-optical device production, which requires thermal treatment at high temperatures."
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