A new aerogel could be used for insulated clothing, refrigerators with thinner walls and building insulation, thanks to a series of breakthroughs.
Researchers at UC Santa Barbara have built a quantum processor that can factor a composite number - in this case the number 15 - into its constituent prime factors, 3 and 5.
To demonstrate that DNA's suitable for use as a large-scale data storage medium, a team of scientists has encoded a 5.27MB book using DNA microchips, and then read it back again.
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have worked out how to create tiny robots, just a few microns long, that can swim through liquids such as water and could one day be used for everything from drug delivery to construction.
Are 3D printers just for making little toys a knick-knacks? Not if USC researchers have anything to say about it.
UCLA researchers have developed a new transparent solar cell that could allow windows to generate electricity.
Human divers - and dolphins - could have a reprieve from searching out mines attached to ships' hulls, thanks to a new algorithm from MIT.
A new 'spintronic' organic light-emitting diode promises to be brighter, lower-cost and more environmentally friendly than those currently used in lighting, television and computer displays and other electronic devices.
US researchers have built what they say is the first set of robotic legs that walk just like a human being.
Robotics engineers have replicated the muscle motion of the human eye to control camera systems more effectively.
Scientists have taken a big step towards practical quantum computing, with the creation of qubits that can exist in a solid-state system at room temperature.
Researchers have calculated that it should be perfectly possible to grow a perfect, meter-long single-walled carbon nanotube 50,000 times thinner than a human hair.
The best way for robots to learn language could be the same way small children do - through interaction with adults.
Scientists have demonstrated that it's possible to store information in individual molecules, potentially paving the way for storage devices that could be thousands of times smaller than today.
Engineers are turning to a tiny crustacean for inspiration in creating military body armor and vehicle and aircraft frames.
Forget clumsy nuclear fission: researchers have now split an atom into two halves, pulled them apart and put them back together again.
The future of 3D printing is very much here and now.
Computers could become sarcastic or exaggerate for effect, say two Stanford researchers, who have developed a mathematical model aimed at improving natural language processing.
Giving a different meaning to data storage in the cloud, scientists have succeeded in storing a miniature movie in a room-teperature atomic vapor.
Scientists have for the first time created a 'tractor beam' that can pull objects as well as push them.