University of Queensland scientists have discovered a ‘recipe’ which allows molecular switches to work at room temperature. The scientists have finally cracked a problem that’s frustrated chemists and physicists for years, potentially leading to a new age of powerful, efficient, and environmentally friendly technologies. Using quantum mechanics, Professor Ben Powell from UQ’s School of Mathematics […]

Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences researchers have made a discovery that could lay the foundation for quantum superconducting devices. Settle in, because this is one of those bleeding razor sharp edge technologies dealing with practical applications in quantum mechanics. The Harvard breakthrough solves one the main challenges to quantum computing: how to transmit […]

A team at University College London (UCL) has theoretical evidence to identify features in biological systems that can only be predicted by quantum physics, and for which no classical analogues exist. The issue is light-gathering macromolecules in plant cells transfer energy by taking advantage of molecular vibrations whose physical descriptions have no equivalents in classical […]

To date various research groups around the world have shown that a quantum mechanic phenomenon is connected to a highly efficient energy transport.  The photosynthetic organisms, such as plants and some bacteria, have mastered this process.  In less than a couple of trillionths of a second 95 percent of the sunlight energy they absorb is […]

A New Way to Harvest Heat

September 27, 2010 | 5 Comments

Catching the energy lost from waste heat has been on the wish list of engineers for as long energy has been understood.  Yet the functioning concept for replacing existing techniques that is both more efficient and economically competitive hasn’t arrived. Now University of Arizona physicists are announcing they have discovered a new way of harvesting […]