Ultrafast Holographic Printer Creates 3D Objects in Mere Seconds

Rather than one layer at a time, this method creates an entire object all at once, using lasers.

Volumetric printed object. Credit: Shusteff et al., Science Advances.

Imagine this, you see something online you just have to have, like a rugged smartphone case emblazoned with your favorite character. You order it and instead of waiting for it to be delivered, your 3D printer fashions it for you, to your exact specifications, in seconds. Why don’t we have this right now? 3D printers can take hours or even days to create an object, making such a scenario difficult to implement.

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The World’s 1st Molecular Robot Has Just Been Created by UK Scientists

One researcher called it “the ultimate in the miniaturization of machinery.”

 

Arm of a molecular robot. Photo: Nature.

We marvel at movies like Ant Man, Inner Space, and Fantastic Voyage, where someone or something can shrink down to the nanoscale and navigate a microscopic world. Although shrinking something down with some type of laser or energy field is all but impossible today, we are beginning to exact more and more control over tinier and tinier environments.

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Scientists Design First-Ever Microchip That Stores Light as Sound

Imagine data delivered by light. This is an important benchmark toward the development of a whole new computer. 

 

Imagine taking lightning and turning it into thunder. That’s how University of Sydney researchers explain their latest breakthrough. They’ve converted light into sound energy, a world first—and it all took place inside a special microchip they’ve designed. Computing power is going to run out; if we’re going to keep doubling computing power every 18 months, as Moore’s Law suggests, we’re going to have to outgrow the silicon microchip.

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Google to Achieve "Supremacy" in Quantum Computing by the End of 2017

Google is closing in on achieving a major quantum computing milestone.

9-qubit quantum processor. Credit: Julian Kelly/Google.

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Ketamine: A Club Drug That May Be the Future of Antidepressants

Studies and trials point to the potential of a rave drug becoming the newest antidepressant medication in decades.

Early risers take part in a Morning Glory 'Rave Your Way Into The Day!' morning dance experience at Village Underground on September 4, 2013 in Shoreditch, London, England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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