New boron nanomaterial may be possible

Researchers from Brown University have shown experimentally that a boron-based competitor to graphene is a very real possibility. Graphene has been heralded as a wonder material. Made of a single layer of carbon atoms in a honeycomb arrangement, graphene is stronger pound-for-pound than steel and conducts electricity better than copper.

Adding boron to make better batteries

Frustration led to revelation when Rice University scientists determined how graphene might be made useful for high-capacity batteries.

Tiny ribbons could cool computers

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