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Researchers produced borophane, a 2D form of boron that is stable at standard temperatures and air pressures. Borophane could have applications for batteries, electronics, sensors, photovoltaics, and quantum computing.  (Image Credit: Mark Hersam/Northwestern University)   For the first time, researchers at Northwestern University have produced borophane, a 2D form of boron that is stable at standard temperatures and air pressures. Borophane was created by bonding unstable borophene, ...
A visualization of an Alcibierre warp drive, which is expanding and contracting space-time. (Image Credit: AllenMcC/Wikimedia, Creative Commons)   We might be seeing warp drives that would enable faster space travel in the future. I doubt any time soon though. Two researchers at Applied Physics claim they have created the first physical model for a warp drive, which could allow spacecraft to travel faster than the speed of light. They say this could be achieved without breaking the laws o ...
These ultrathin OLED tattoos are only 2.3 micrometers thick. (Image Credit: Jonathon Barsotti/Italian Institute of Technology)   Tattoos have been around for thousands of years as a way for people to express themselves, but now they can be used differently. Scientists at the University College London (UCL) and the Italian Institute of Technology have created a futuristic tattoo that uses the same OLEDs seen in smartphones and TVs. These (temporary) tattoos could have some unique medical ap ...
Microsoft Mesh allows users in different physical locations to meet in a shared virtual environment. Participants appear either as a customized avatar or as themselves. (Image Credit: Microsoft)   During the Microsoft Ignite developer conference on March 2nd, Microsoft unveiled Mesh, a real-time mixed-reality communication platform. It’s an impressive innovation! The main idea behind this is to allow people from different physical locations to join a virtual environment. Holoportatio ...
Mohsen Azadi, the paper’s lead author, wields a scalpel in preparation for the photophoretic experiment. (Image Credit: Eric Sucar, University Communications) Engineers at the University of Pennsylvania have successfully used light to levitate two small plastic plates. The team believes this concept could be applied to future spacecraft, allowing them to levitate in the mesosphere using sunlight. These could also be used for space exploration and to study the weather. NASA already has it ...
I really should be working but... I like to check into the E14 community.  I regularly check to see if I've missed any Essentials training.  Sure enough, the Reputation & Points > Missions says I need to complete Power II.  Hmmm... thought I did.  So I did it.   So, of course   Just couldn't resist. ...
Every particle of the coronavirus from infected people around the world could fit inside a can of soda with room to spare. (Image Credit: CDC)   Viruses are observed under advanced microscopes, but what about COVID-19’s total volume? Christian Yates, a senior lecturer in mathematical biology at the University of Bath in the UK, calculated the coronavirus’s total volume and concluded that every particle could fit inside a can of soda.   By using the estimated amount of pe ...

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