Alchemist News

This week The Alchemist sheds light on drug delivery, finds out how polymers can run cold and learns of a simple sensor for the "date rape drug" GHB. In the world of power, solar cells can now be turned into highly efficient lasers, we hear, while a way to roll up useful nanowires is developed […]

Information storage for the next generation of plastic computers

Inexpensive computers, cell phones and other systems that substitute flexible plastic for silicon chips may be one step closer to reality, thanks to new research. Scientists have made a new proposal for overcoming a major obstacle to the development of such plastic devices — the large amount of energy required to read stored information.