Controlling Plants with Light: LEDs to Change Plant Growth

phytochrome photoreceptor

LEDs, or light-emitting diodes, are becoming more useful as they grow cheaper and more efficient. Researchers can now even use LED lights to control plant growth.

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Government Monitoring You? RFID Tracking Via EZ-Pass Debunked

Is Big Brother watching your E-ZPass tag? Photo by  MPD01605, Image by Decoded Science

Is the government monitoring your car by way of its E-ZPass tag? A hacked dashboard cow seems to think so, but there are a few problems with the experiment.

Nanotechnology Breakthrough: Single Atom Transistor Created

The phosphorus atom transistor is a nanotechnology breakthrough. Image by Greg Robson

A transistor consisting of only a single atom has been achieved, according to an article published in Nature Nanotechnology on the 19th of February 2012. The transistor was created with a phosphorus atom in a silicon crystal, with the phosphorus replacing exactly one silicon atom. This single-atom-device has been made considerably earlier than was predicted […]

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Proton-Based Circuitry May Revolutionize Electronics

Professor Marco Rolandi, University of Washington

We’re so accustomed to the concept of devices sending signals via electrons, that we don’t even think about the term ‘Electronics’ anymore. Thanks to University of Washington Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering Marco Rolandi, however, that may be about to change. He and his fellow researchers have created a transistor that sends protons […]

Using Negative Capacitance and Ferroelectrics to Follow Moore’s Law

Photo courtesy of Professor Saleef Salahuddin

Moore’s Law, which states that the number of transistors on an integrated circuit will double about every two years, has held true since Intel’s co-founder Gordon Moore explained it in 1965. How does this affect your computer? Well, when your laptop or netbook overheats, it’s because the numerous transistors crammed in there are tiny, but still require […]