Polymer sandwich current collector boosts battery density, quells fire

Battery researchers are continually experimenting with alternative materials in an effort to boost performance, and a group from Stanford University and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is claiming to have landed on a winner. The team has redesigne… Continue reading Polymer sandwich current collector boosts battery density, quells fire

World’s largest camera sensor snaps first ever 3,200-megapixel photos

A next-generation imaging instrument built to probe the universe’s biggest mysteries has been put through a practice run and pieced together the largest photos ever taken as a result. The focal plane for what will be the world’s largest digital camera … Continue reading World’s largest camera sensor snaps first ever 3,200-megapixel photos

Second-generation of powerful X-ray laser fires for the first time

Scientists have achieved first light with an upgrade to one of the most powerful X-ray lasers the world has ever seen. The Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) images individual atoms and molecules by blasting them with intense X-ray bursts, and now its … Continue reading Second-generation of powerful X-ray laser fires for the first time

Stanford study suggests dark matter is lighter and more elusive than previously thought

Although it makes up about 85 percent of all matter in the universe, dark matter is frustratingly hard to pin down. In order to figure out what it is, much of the search is about ruling out what dark matter isn’t, and now physicists at Stanfo… Continue reading Stanford study suggests dark matter is lighter and more elusive than previously thought