IBM creates 12-atom storage device

IBM has discovered how to store a bit of information in just 12 atoms, compared with the million or so normally required.

Cyborg cockroaches power tiny fuel cells

Case Western Reserve University scientists say they've taken a big step towards the creation of insect cyborgs by discovering how an insect’s internal chemicals can be converted to electricity.

Superlens could put high-powered microscope in your pocket

Cellphones could soon contain an ultra-high-resolution microscope alongside the ubiquitous camera, thanks to a breakthrough by Michigan Technological University professor Durdu Guney.

Tiny wires fill missing link in nanoscale computing

Wires just one atom tall and four atoms wide have been shown to have the same current-carrying capability as copper wires, giving a new lease of life to Moore's Law.

Tiny ribbons could cool computers

Engineers at Vanderbilt University say they've found a new cooling technology for computer chips, lasers and other devices.

Quantum photonic chip created

Scientists have created a multi-purpose photonic chip that they say paves the way for programmable quantum processors.

Image matching software recognises photos, paintings, sketches

Carnegie Mellon researchers say they've created a computerized way of matching images in photos, paintings and sketches that's almost as good as the human eye.

Swiss team demonstrates long-lasting quantum network

Scientists and engineers have reported back on a project to use quantum cryptography in a real-time network.

Graphene transistors compatible with living cells

A team at at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen says it's built the foundation for devices to communicate directly with the human brain.

MIT takes big step towards optical computing

MIT researchers say they've filled in the missing link required  for the creation of complete optical circuits on silicon chips.

New material promises faster internet

Arizona State University researchers have created a new material that they say can be used to develop next-generation computers, improve the internet, increase the efficiency of silicon-based photovoltaic cells and improve solid-state lighting and sensor technology.

MIT chip 'mimics brain'

MIT researchers have designed a computer chip that mimics how the brain’s neurons adapt in response to new information, known as plasticity.

Re-programmable cells to create new life forms

An international team of scientists has embarked on an ambitious research project to develop an in vivo biological cell that can be reprogrammed like a computer operating system.

Pentagon offers $50K to reconstruct shredded documents

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is offering a $50,000 prize to anyone who can piece together a series of shredded documents.



NAND gate built from bacteria

Scientists have taken another step towards biological computing, with the creation of logic gates from gut bacteria and DNA.

OmniTouch turns any surface into a touchscreen

Microsoft Research and Carnegie Mellon University have created a wearable projection system that turns pads of paper, walls or even a user's own hands into graphical, interactive surfaces.

Nanomaterial allows computer to rewire itself

Scientists at Northwestern University have developed a new nanomaterial that could allow a computer to reconfigure its internal wiring and become an entirely different device as required.

Autonomous car cruises streets of Berlin

A German car traveled over 50 miles without a driver over the weekend, through the busy streets of Berlin.

Proton-based transistor could let machines communicate with humans

Materials scientists at the University of Washington have built a transistor that uses protons rather than electrons, in a breakthrough that could allow devices to communicate directly with living things.

Ferroelectrics could offer ultra-low power computing

Engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, say they've been able to reduce the minimum voltage necessary to store charge in a capacitor, cutting the power draw and heat generation of electronic devices.