In January 2013, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter received a historic transmission: an image of the Mona Lisa. It was the first time scientists used a laser to send data to the moon, a feat that promises to exponentially increase the flow of information to and from space. For the past 50 years, spacecraft have relied on radio waves to communicate with Earth.
Switzerland researchers announced on Tuesday that they have developed an electronic chip so flexible it can wrap around a human hair. The technique entails building an electronic circuit on top of a sandwich of polyvinyl layers perched on a hard base.