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Arecibo Observatory to Get $5.8 Million Upgrade to Expand View

Arecibo Observatory to Get $5.8 Million Upgrade to Expand View

The National Science Foundation has awarded a team of scientists $5.8 million to design and mount a supersensitive antenna at the focal point of the Arecibo Observatory’s 1,000-foot-diameter dish, which is managed by the University of Central Florida. The antenna, called a phased-array feed, will increase the telescope’s observation capabilities 500 percent. The team, led […]

The Future of Cryptocurrency

The very beginnings of the most widely known digital currency, Bitcoin, are veiled in mystery. Conceptualized and launched as an immediate response to the worldwide financial crisis in 2008, Bitcoin was the brainchild of Satoshi Nakamoto. The rallying cry behind it attracted a following of the tech-savvy and the bank-disgruntled: “Remove third parties, like the […]

A Russian Grandmother's Graduation Legacy

Julia Matlash remembers the night four years ago that turned her world “upside down”: her parents called from the family home in Russia. Julia’s 96-year-old grandmother had died from a bacterial infection that could have been easily treated if she’d gone to a doctor. “It turned out that my parents knew that she was sick […]

UCF Professor Discovers First-of-its-Kind Material for the Quantum Age

A UCF physicist has discovered a new material that has the potential to become a building block in the new era of quantum materials, those that are composed of microscopically condensed matter and expected to change our development of technology. Researchers are entering the Quantum Age, and instead of using silicon to advance technology they […]

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Nanotech Advances Future Mobile Devices and Wearable Technology

A team of UCF scientists has developed a new process for creating flexible supercapacitors that can store more energy and be recharged more than 30,000 times without degrading. The novel method from the University of Central Florida’s NanoScience Technology Center could eventually revolutionize technology as varied as mobile phones and electric vehicles. “If they were to replace the batteries with these supercapacitors, you could charge your mobile phone in a few seconds and you wouldn’t need to charge it again for over a week,” said Nitin Choudhary, a postdoctoral associate who conducted much of the research. Learn more about batteries vs. supercapicitors and additional nanotech research being conducted at UCF.