University of Rochester researchers have discovered and demonstrated the power of tiny patterns, especially when etched by massively powerful lasers. The nano scale patterns have in this case been put to use producing darkness as well as attracting and repelling water. Patterns that produce the strangest and most spectacular side-effects.
The process developed by Chunlei Guo and his team requires no coating or special treatment of the surface, just put the metal in front of the Femto laser and fire away. The lasers extremely fast and intense bursts alter the metal itself, creating micro and nano sized patterns of structures deep into the metal.
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The dark art of cloaking may just have been perfected and tested before our very eyes without us even noticing, a good sign for the technology. The art of performing magic with photons has advanced incredibly quickly over recent years, shifting from illusion to incredible quantum technology.
Two competing approaches to cloaking are fighting to hide the visible from the world; Active and Quantum technologies are going to war, a war that we may not even be able to see.
Presented for your viewing pleasure are the most incredible videos of things that may or may not actually be there. More precisely we have included 2 videos that demonstrate the amazing developments in the field, along with one video that appears to show the use of cloaking technology during the Iraq war. Sit back, relax and remember never to believe your own eyes.
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In the battle to keep laws of physics at bay for another 18 months, keeping Moore’s Law ticking over research groups from around the world have been locked in a race to produce silicene. A race that appears to have ended in a four way draw, four teams from around the world have succeeded in growing silicene on a silver substrate.
Silicene is a single atom thick layer of silicon that scientists hope to use to make our gadgets of the future. A wonder material of the future it is one of the most conductive materials known to man. In the same class of nano-materials as graphene these highly conductive materials see atoms travel upon their surface like light-speed ice-skaters.
A French and German team have now published their results, with initial testing demonstrating they have produced a single atom layer of silicon on a silver substrate. The production process not only uses common ingredients such as silicon and silver but it also relies on standard production processes, showing promise for easy integration into current chip making equipment.
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As science develops new devices for studying the world humanity as a collective gains a new way of looking at the world.
The European XFEL – X-ray Free-Electron Laser – is one such facility, allowing scientists to photograph molecules, in real-time 3D of course. This allows scientists for the first time to capture chemical reactions taking place, reactions too fast for previous technologies. This is a very big window to the world of the hyper small, nano.
XFEL may never be as well-known as CERN and they’re headline grabbing antics, but it will make an important contribution to science none the less.
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