We Can Now Print Ultrafast Graphene Chips for Flexible Electronics

Futurists are always talking about how flexible electronics will change our lives in amazing ways, but we've yet to see anything mind-blowing come to market. A team of scientists from the University of Texas in Austin, however, think they've found the key to changing that: ultrafast graphene transistors printed on… » 8/22/13 5:45pm 8/22/13 5:45pm

8 Amazing Uses For Metamaterials, the Tech Behind Invisibility Cloaks

Metamaterials are a mind-bending class of matter. Broadly defined as manmade materials with unusual properties not found in nature, this category of materials is probably most famous for serving as the building blocks for a Harry Potter-style invisibility cloak. But so much more is possible. » 8/08/13 9:00am 8/08/13 9:00am

New Self-Healing Microchips Can Shrug Off Laser Blasts Like It's Nothing

Technology can be fragile. Anyone who's dropped his or her phone knows that all too well. And though you might not get it in your hands for a while, there are some seriously robust electronics coming down the pipe. New self-healing microchips developed by Caltech, for instance, can survive multiple laser blasts. » 3/09/13 10:00am 3/09/13 10:00am

Scientists Have Made the First Truly 3D Microchip

The fastest microchips we have can only pass their data from side to side and front to back, no matter how close their components are squeezed together. A new chip developed by researchers at University of Cambridge, on the other hand, can pass data up and down too, making for the world's first truly 3D microchip. » 2/03/13 9:15am 2/03/13 9:15am

Jellyfish-Inspired Microchip Captures Cancer Cells

The mesmerizing movements of jellyfish have inspired researchers to design all sorts of things, from mechatronic jellyfish that function as autonomous robots to artificial jellyfish built from rat cells and silicone. Now scientists have built a jellyfish-inspired microchip that can capture cancer and other rare cells… » 11/14/12 2:40pm 11/14/12 2:40pm

This See-Through Microchip Can Mimic an Actual Human Organ

Testing new and potential life-saving drugs can be a harrowing process because of the risk involved with not knowing how a substance will react once in the human body. Harvards scientists are hoping that microchips, such as the one pictured above, can mimic the function of human organs well enough for them to test… » 8/10/12 4:40pm 8/10/12 4:40pm

Implanted Microchip Will Monitor Your Health, Deliver Drugs From Under…

One of the most frustrating aspects of dealing with a chronic illness, such as diabetes or lupus, is the need to test your body constantly to make sure you're healthy. MicroCHIPS is looking to alleviate that with a new device that's implanted under the skin of a patient. The “chip,” about the size of a dime, senses… » 10/21/08 10:45pm 10/21/08 10:45pm

IBM, Georgia Tech To Announce World's Fastest Microchip: 500GHz

Think your dual core 3-GHz processor is the bee's knees? IBM and Georgia Tech will more than likely make you cry today with their expected announcement of a silicon-based microchip that runs at 500GHz, a world record. No, not 50GHz, but 500GHz. This feat is accomplished because researchers essentially froze the… » 6/20/06 10:58am 6/20/06 10:58am