Creating electricity with caged atoms

A lot of energy is wasted when machines turn hot, unnecessarily heating up their environment. Some of this thermal energy could be harvested using thermoelectric materials; they create electric current when they are used to bridge hot and cold objects.

IBM smashes the atom record

Scientists from IBM have created the world’s smallest film, made with thousands of atoms.

The Hobbit's cutting edge sound mix

With the first installment of The Hobbit, An Unexpected Journey, Peter Jackson’s clearly not afraid to embrace new technology.

First-ever quantum network uses two atoms and a photon

Physicists say that, for the first time, they've created an elementary quantum network based on interfaces between single atoms and photons.

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.

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.

First quantum twin atoms created

Physicists at the Vienna University of Technology have succeeded in creating correlated quantum twin atoms using ultracold Bose-Einstein condensates.