Don't worry about that sound. It's just the ghost of C.P. Snow lamenting the persistent gulf between what he long ago labeled the two cultures - science and the rest of learning. The latest survey results have just come out on what laymen know about science, and the picture, mainly concerning Americans, is not pretty. But on the bright side, though most of us know relatively little about it, we generally like it.
Gov. Mike Beebe announced today that nanotechnology researchers at the University of Arkansas will receive a $4 million grant from the state's General Improvement Fund. The money will benefit research and facilities in the College of Engineering and the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences.
A seminar on January 16, 2008 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm at the London School of Economics addresses the rapidly changing world economic landscape: 'The Power Shift to the East: The American Century Is Ending'.
An ideal black object absorbs all of the colors of light and reflects none of them. Researchers at Rice University have demonstrated a new concept based on a low-density nanotube array material that can be engineered to dramatically change an object’s index of refraction and nanoscale roughness, hence, its optical reflection.
Work surfaces that kill bacteria on contact could soon be a reality in our homes and hospitals, thanks to researchers from the Curie Institute in Paris. The French group has developed a method for making surfaces bactericidal that it says is straightforward and versatile enough to be widely used.
Nanotechnology researchers have spent the past few years developing a whole range of methods for separating different types of single-walled carbon nanotube (SWNT), from centrifuging them in a density gradient to attaching diazonium salts and then separating them by electrophoresis. But it now looks as though ion exchange chromatography might provide the best solution, not just being able to separate metallic SWNTs from semi-conducting SWNTs but able to separate every type of SWNT according to its specific electrical properties.
The Commission has proposed speeding up market authorisation for foods ranging from cloned meat to exotic products from third countries. But the proposed centralised authorisation system is raising questions at a time when the safety of GMOs is back under the spotlight.
The Center on Nanotechnology and Society is joining a new Washington, DC-based think tank, the Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies, and the University of Ulster to sponsor a global dialogue, bringing together leading figures from government, risk management, non-profits and the academic world from both sides of the Atlantic to brainstorm our response to tomorrow's technologies, later this month in London.
Building on a very successful symposium on Nanotechnology offered in 2005, the Federation of Societies for Coatings Technology (FSCT) will host an Advancement in Coatings Series program on 'Nanotechnology in Coatings: Emerging Applications' in 2008.
A national team of scientists are embarking on one of the UK's largest ever research projects into photovoltaic solar energy. The £6.3 million PV-21 programme, led by experts at Durham University, will focus on making thin-film light absorbing cells for solar panels from sustainable and affordable materials.
String-like connections found between T-cells could be important to how HIV spreads between cells in the human immune system, according to new research published online today in Nature Cell Biology. The newly-discovered strands, named 'membrane nanotubes' by scientists, could help to explain how the HIV virus infects human immune cells so quickly and effectively.
The Nanoethics Group today announced that its co-founder, Dr. Fritz Allhoff, is scheduled to speak next week at the 'Nanotechnology Law & Commerce: Business at One-Billionth of a Meter' forum hosted by Chadbourne & Parke LLP on January 31 at the law firm's offices in New York City.