This week New Scientist cover article by journalist Eugenie Samuel Reich describes how a special material called spin ice, co-discovered in 1997 by Professor Steven Bramwell of the London Centre for Nanotechnology has come close to revealing a secret of the universe.
The new book 'Machinery of Life' is a journey into the sub-microscopic world of molecular machines. Readers are introduced to the types of molecules within the cell, including proteins, nucleic acids, lipids and polysaccharides.
Navin Khaneja, the Gordon McKay Professor of Electrical Engineering at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, conducts research into the field of control theory, which uses mathematical models to examine the relationship between inputs and outputs of different systems.
A new class of ultra-light, high-efficiency solar cells developed by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory has been awarded a national prize for the commercialization of federally funded research.
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have shown that bacterial proteins called phytochromes can be engineered into infrared-fluorescent proteins (IFPs). Because the wavelength of IFPs is able to penetrate tissue, these proteins are suitable for whole-body imaging in small animals.
The creation of large-area graphene using copper may enable the manufacture of new graphene-based devices that meet the scaling requirements of the semiconductor industry, leading to faster computers and electronics.
A team of scientists and engineers from Stanford, the University of Florida and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is the first to create one of two basic types of semiconductors using an exotic, new, one-atom-thick material called graphene.
By modifying a commonly used commercial infrared spectrometer to allow operation at long-wave terahertz frequencies, researchers at NIST discovered an efficient new approach to measure key structural properties of nanoscale metal-oxide films used in high-speed integrated circuits.
Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have successfully designed and demonstrated key features of a hydrogen storage system that utilizes a complex metal hydride material known as sodium alanate.
Distinguished Professor Gwo-Bin Lee from Department of Engineering Science of National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) will be honored with the 2009 Distinguished Engineer Award from the Chinese Institute of Engineers (CIE), and awarded with the certificate and medal in the convocation ceremony and CIE annual meeting on June 6th.
For improved protection against such hazardous freight, scientists of the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) and an Israeli research center have developed a cargo inspection system which detects conventional explosives - and in addition, also drugs - with the aid of neutron radiography.
QD Tech has won the $35,000 grand prize in the University of Massachusetts Amherst's Innovation Challenge Final Business Plan Competition. The winning team plans to produce quantum-dot-based materials designed to improve solar cells.
Ein breites Spektrum materialwissenschaftlicher Forschungs- und Servicekompetenzen praesentiert der Lehrstuhl fuer Werkstoffverarbeitung der Universitaet Bayreuth vom 11. bis 15. Mai 2009 auf der Achema in Frankfurt am Main.