Researchers demonstrate room-temperature ferroelectric states in thin (2D) tin-tellurium film

Just as magnetic materials have opposing North and South poles, ferroelectric materials have opposing positive charges and negative charges that exhibit measurable differences in electric potential. MIT Researchers recently demonstrated this ferroelectric behavior along the edges of atomically thin tin-tellurium film at room temperature. Measurements showed the energy gap, or bandgap, of this ultra-thin (2-D) … Continue reading “Researchers demonstrate room-temperature ferroelectric states in thin (2D) tin-tellurium film”

Building Lab Instruments One Block at a Time. 3D-printed Lego-like Science Tools

A team of researchers and students at the University of California, Riverside has created a Lego-like system of blocks that enables users to custom make chemical and biological research instruments quickly, easily and affordably. The system of 3D-printed blocks can be used in university labs, schools, hospitals, and anywhere there is a need to create … Continue reading “Building Lab Instruments One Block at a Time. 3D-printed Lego-like Science Tools”

DeepMind AI reduces energy used for cooling Google Data Centers by 40%

From smartphone assistants to image recognition and translation, machine learning already helps us in our everyday lives. But it can also help us to tackle some of the world’s most challenging physical problems — such as energy consumption. Large-scale commercial and industrial systems like data centers consume a lot of energy, and while much has … Continue reading “DeepMind AI reduces energy used for cooling Google Data Centers by 40%”

Scientists create new thin material that mimics Cell Membranes

Materials scientists have created a new material that performs like a cell membrane found in nature. Such a material has long been sought for applications as varied as water purification and drug delivery. Referred to as a lipid-like peptoid (we’ll unpack that in a second), the material can assemble itself into a sheet thinner, but … Continue reading “Scientists create new thin material that mimics Cell Membranes”