New materials could boost computer memory

Scientists have discovered a new class of materials that could lead to improvements in computer memory.

Computing using water droplets

Forget optical computing or quantum computing: researchers at Aalto University have successfully used water droplets as bits of digital information.

'Solid smoke' is world's lightest material

A new aerogel could be used for insulated clothing, refrigerators with thinner walls and building insulation, thanks to a series of breakthroughs.

Quantum processor factors prime number

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.

Genetics book encoded in DNA

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.

Swarms of micro-robots could one day carry cargo

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.

USC wants to 3D-print a house

Are 3D printers just for making little toys a knick-knacks? Not if USC researchers have anything to say about it.

New windows could generate electricity

UCLA researchers have developed a new transparent solar cell that could allow windows to generate electricity.

Robots scan ships' hulls for mines

Human divers - and dolphins - could have a reprieve from searching out mines attached to ships' hulls, thanks to a new algorithm from MIT.

Spintronic LED is brighter and cheaper

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.

Robotic legs move just like yours

US researchers have built what they say is the first set of robotic legs that walk just like a human being.

Robot eye moves like the real thing

Robotics engineers have replicated the muscle motion of the human eye to control camera systems more effectively.

Room temperature quantum bit created

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.

Meter-long nanotubes on the cards

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.

Robot baby learns first words

The best way for robots to learn language could be the same way small children do - through interaction with adults.

Nanomagnets could revolutionize data storage

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.

Shrimp inspires lightweight body armor

Engineers are turning to a tiny crustacean for inspiration in creating military body armor and vehicle and aircraft frames.

Atom split with quantum mechanics, then put together again

Forget clumsy nuclear fission: researchers have now split an atom into two halves, pulled them apart and put them back together again.

Open-source 3D printer is a mass Kickstarter success

The future of 3D printing is very much here and now.

Who'd want a sarcastic Siri?

Computers could become sarcastic or exaggerate for effect, say two Stanford researchers, who have developed a mathematical model aimed at improving natural language processing.