research stories

The European Commission has approved the construction of three gigantic new research lasers, with the option for a fourth that would, for an instant, be several hundred times more powerful than the entirety of the power generated by our civilization. The hope is that this will be enough energy to actually conjure virtual particles out of nothingness.
Do video games have any value when it comes to academic research? Do they belong on shelves alongside books and movies as study materials? One university's library curator thinks they do, and he plans to add games both new and retro to the school's archives.
Conventional semiconductor memory encodes data (1s and 0s) by whether or not an electron is present. But an electron itself has a binary property — whether or not its spin is "up" or "down." Researchers have now discovered a way to encode data with electron spin, potentially doubling memory with zero tradeoffs.
You're not going to be using your heart as a power generator for your cellphone anytime soon, but it soon might come in handy for powering a medical implant or embedded sensor. Scientists at Georgia Tech are first trying out their Muscle-Driven In Vivo Nanogenerator idea on rats, using a minuscule nanowire to convert the motion of flexing muscles into electric current using piezoelectric energy.
Now you can transmit digital signals with flickering lights. Chinese researchers have learned how to stream data using the imperceptible flickering of blue LED lights mounted in the ceiling. In their testing, they were able to stream digital video using...