The periodic table could be getting a little bit bigger very soon. Scientists in Germany say they have managed to create several atoms of element 117, which is currently dubbed Ununseptium until it is given an official name.
Researchers are working to create “living materials” that are a combination of bacterial cells and nonliving materials that conduct electricity, which could create more efficient solar panels or biosensors.
Berkeley Lab researchers have found a 3D analogue of the cutting-edge 2D material graphene. It could revolutionize the high tech industry, bringing things like much faster, far more compact hard drives, and paving way for new electronic technologies.
Google Glass has a rival: Nano-tech contact lenses that work with a pair of glasses and provide wearers with a virtual canvas on which any media can be viewed or application run, projected onto human eyes, are set to be unveiled in the US.
Canadian researchers have built a gecko-like robot, which is able to stick to vertical surfaces by means of dry microscopic toe hair. European scientists say it could one day be deployed in space to help tend the hulls of spacecraft.
Millions of dollars are suspected to have been misused at Russian innovation center Skolkovo, the Prosecutor General’s office said in a statement. Russia’s fourth richest man, who runs the high-tech center, is believed to have benefited from the scheme.
Cutting-edge military equipment and hardware – some of it too secret for the public eye – was featured at the Russian Defense Ministry’s Innovation Day fair in Moscow. Androids, drone prototypes, and thin impenetrable armor were revealed to visitors.