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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.
Fans cheer during The International Dota 2 Championships in Seattle, Washington earlier this month. Jason Redmond/Reuters

Just how big has eSports become?

The US$17 million prize pool at The International Dota 2 Championships shows how much the industry has grown over the past decade.
Does the brain function like electronic circuits? Flickr/Ars Electronica

To understand the brain you need electronic engineers too

Electronic engineers are emerging as important contributors to understanding of the workings of the human brain. There is a rapidly growing intersection between electronic engineering and neuroscience…

Vibrations to power small electronics

Low frequency vibrations could power small electronic devices indefinitely. Researchers have designed an aluminium nitride-based…
A home-made hexapod robot on display at a Mini Maker Faire at Somerville in the US. Chris Devers

Makers bridge the gap between science and art

One evening when I was young, my father confiscated my radio because he said I was playing it too loud (I wasn’t). Fortunately, I had a bunch of broken down receivers in my room, so I built a new one…
Hazardous, I tell you - and I’m not talking about the manufacturers’ customer service. STEVE YEATER/AP

A solution that uses toxic waste to clean up toxins

The manufacture of electrical and electronic equipment is one of the fastest growing industries in the world, fuelled by increased consumption and by the equipment’s relatively short lifespan. As a result…
This beautiful symmetrical structure also holds the key to make better smartphones. argonne

Graphene made from DNA could change electronics

Graphene, a single layer of carbon atoms, is being touted as the material that could change how electronics are made. But it’s difficult to make graphene in forms needed for electronics. Now, researchers…

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