The Science Fictions Conference, held on 13-15 October 2010 in Glasgow, UK, aims to move beyond the current paradigm, using knowledge from several major projects in this area, and the expertise of thinkers from inside and outside the science education field.
A team of physicists has achieved ultrafast 'switching' time in an operation central to quantum information processing, changing the state of a single trapped ion in less than 50 picoseconds with more than 99 percent reliability.
MIT's Kripa Varanasi will use his award to focus on developing novel nanoengineered surface technology-enabled thermal-fluid systems for ultra-high-heat flux thermal management, which could impact multiple industries spanning electronics and photonics, energy, water, agriculture and transportation.
Physicists are divided on whether string theory is a viable theory of everything, but many agree that it offers a new way to look at physical phenomena that have otherwise proven difficult to describe. In the past decade, physicists have used string theory to build a connection between quantum and gravitational mechanics, known as gauge/gravity duality. MIT physicists have now used that connection to describe a specific physical phenomenon - the behavior of a type of high-temperature superconductor.
Materials KTN, supported by industry and academia held a roadmapping event on the use of nanomaterials in the transport sector. The objective was to determine the gaps in participants knowledge and ability, with a view to possibly providing SPARK Awards to help companies become more competitive.
Using a single material as both the button and the circuit for the first time, scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology have created tiny logic circuits that can be used as the basis of nanometer-scale robotics and processors.
Safe Work Australia commissioned RMIT to undertake a survey of the current substitution/modification practices used in Australian nanotechnology-related activities and a literature review in order to determine the potential substitution/modification options that may reduce the toxicity of engineered nanomaterials used in Australia.
The focus of the new report "Engineered Nanomaterials: Feasibility of establishing exposure standards and using control banding in Australia" (pdf; 273 KB) is to investigate the feasibility of 1) establishing group-based Australian National Exposure Standards for engineered nanomaterials and 2) using control banding for engineered nanomaterials in Australia.