Johns Hopkins Institute for NanoBioTechnology supports university students to conduct research in an international setting. Their work, travel and housing expenses are funded through INBT with a National Science Foundation's International Research Experience for Students (IRES) program and through a partnership with The Inter-University MircroElectronics Centre (IMEC) in Leuven, Belgium.
A new conceptual model, which was created to learn more about the quantum quirks of high-temperature superconductors and other high-tech materials, has also proven useful in describing the origins of ferromagnetism -- the everyday 'magnetism' of compass needles and refrigerator magnets.
The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) has recently published three new reports on nanotechnology: a Delphi study on nanotechnology, a report on Perception of Nanotechnology in Internet-based Discussions, and Risk Perception of Nanotechnology - Analysis of Media Coverage.
The study 'Nanotechnology in the Food Sector', commissioned by the Swiss Centre for Technology Assessment TA-SWISS, is now available in English. The study provides an overview of nanomaterials already used in the food sector with a focus on the Swiss market and an analysis of the existing legal framework.
Glucose meters and the appropriate test strips for diabetics are expensive. This however might change, since scientists at the Institute of Printing Science and Technology (IDD) at TU Darmstadt are working on a sensor making the electronic devices considerably cheaper. The new sensor is not based on silicon as conducting material, but on plastics.
The Institut for Nonmetallic Inorganic Materials develops ceramic foams intended for use as energy-efficient thermal insulations in blast furnaces, as bone substitutes and for the controlled release of active ingredients in medicine.
Researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have devised a new technique - using a sheet of carbon just one atom thick - to visualize the structure of molecules. The technique, which was used to obtain the first direct images of how water coats surfaces at room temperature, can also be used to image a potentially unlimited number of other molecules, including antibodies and other biomolecules.
A new smartphone chip prototype under development at the University of California, San Diego will improve smartphone efficiency by making use of 'dark silicon' - the underused transistors in modern microprocessors.