Week in Review: Nov 29 – Dec 5

December 4, 2015

Nanoscale drawbridges open path to color displays
A new method for building “drawbridges” between metal nanoparticles may allow electronics makers to build full-color displays using light-scattering nanoparticles that are similar to the gold materials that medieval artisans used to create red stained-glass.

December 3, 2015

Scientists see the light on microsupercapacitors
Rice University researchers who pioneered the development of laser-induced graphene have configured their discovery into flexible, solid-state microsupercapacitors that rival the best available for energy storage and delivery.

December 2, 2015

With proper direction, drones can boost commerce
The use of drones as observation vehicles has become increasingly popular. But when a drone is assigned to monitor a particular region, it’s crucial to devise an algorithm that makes certain it goes to the right places. John Carlsson, assistant professor at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, is tackling this issue. His latest work, which focuses on resource distribution using drones, has received the Air Force Office of Scientific Research award granted to only 42 scientists and engineers in research institutions across the United States.