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Biomining the elements of the future

Fill a tank with water, sugar, and old mobile phones. Add bacteria and stir. Result? Rare earth metals. This is biomining, and it's the way of the future.
Fixing electronics devices doesn’t need to be difficult. Krashenitsa Dmitrii/Shutterstock.com

Why can’t we fix our own electronic devices?

Many companies are working to prevent customers from fixing broken smartphones and tractors. By doing so, they're missing out on an opportunity to build customer loyalty and boost profits.
A basic design of a light-based chip. Arnab Hazari

The future of electronics is light

As electronic transistors get tinier, they approach a point at which they won't be able to get smaller. How can we keep shrinking our devices, and making them more powerful at the same time? Light.
A molecular beam epitaxy machine used to create semiconductor samples. John C. Bean (University of Virginia) and Tom Vandervelde (Tufts University)

Beyond silicon: the search for new semiconductors

As we reach the limits of what can be done with silicon, the search for new and improved superconductors is on.
The microprocessors on this wafer of silicon have transistors measuring in the nanometres. Shutterstock

Electronics are getting small, and that is causing big problems

As the components in electronic devices are shrinking to the nanoscale, even a single atom out of place can disrupt their function. But this also presents an opportunity to make them even better.

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