boron doped graphene

It may soon be possible to make ultrasensitive gas sensors based on the infusion of boron atoms into graphene, according to an international team of researchers from six countries. Graphene is known for its remarkable strength and ability to transport electrons at high speed, but it is also a highly sensitive gas sensor. With the [...]


Scientists have come accross some surprising facts about a certain tropical fruit, in the search to defend crops from the effects of drought. By sequencing its genome, scientists are homing in on the genes and genetic pathways that allow the juicy pineapple plant to thrive in water-limited environments. Their findings also open a window on [...]

Protoplanetary disk

Sometimes, during astronomers' study of protoplanetary disks of gas and dust that surround young stars, they find a dark gap like the Cassini division in Saturn's rings. It has been suggested that any gap must be caused by an unseen planet that formed in the disk and carved out material from its surroundings. But new [...]

Antarctic Ice Sheet Mass Gains More Than Losses

Antarctic Peninsula

An increase in Antarctic snow accumulation that began 10,000 years ago is currently adding enough ice to the continent to outweigh the increased losses from its thinning glaciers, a new NASA study finds. This research challenges the conclusions of other studies, including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) 2013 report, which says that Antarctica [...]

quantum computer

A 3D silicon chip architecture based on single atom quantum bits, which is compatible with atomic-scale fabrication techniques has now been designed by researchers, providing a blueprint to build a large-scale quantum computer. Scientists and engineers from the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology (CQC2T), headquartered at the University [...]