“Capillary charges”, which act like magnetic poles on the surface of liquids, can pull millimetre-sized building blocks together, a technique that promises a new era of mesoscopic-scale manufacturing.
Facebook scientists figure out how to identify your romantic partner or best friend from among your connections.
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New USB plugs will be able to handle ten times as much power, potentially changing the way we charge electronics.
Phasing out the production tax credit, and adding cost and performance requirements, could shorten the path to large-scale renewable energy.
Cheap, simple water filters made of plant xylem could dramatically reduce the incidence of water-borne diseases in places without access to clean drinking water, say engineers.
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A test of high-bandwidth optical communications from lunar orbiter to Earth stations succeeds.