By building a tiny microscope small enough to be carried around on a rats' head, scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Germany, have found a way to study the complex activity of many brain cells simultaneously while animals are free to move around.
A jury consisting of four top-class IT decision-makers selected the best business idea at the 8th Heidelberg Innovation Forum on 20th October 2009. The winner is Prof. Christoph Cremer of the Kirchhoff Institute of Physics in Heidelberg.
Polishing metal surfaces is a demanding but monotonous task, and it is difficult to find qualified young specialists. Polishing machines do not represent an adequate alternative because they cannot get to difficult parts of the surface. A new solution is provided by laser polishers.
The University of Delaware has won a $4.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA-E) to lead a multidisciplinary, multi-institutional research project to develop the next generation of high-performance permanent magnets.
Rice University scientists today unveiled a method for the industrial-scale processing of pure carbon-nanotube fibers that could lead to revolutionary advances in materials science, power distribution and nanoelectronics. The result of a nine-year program, the method builds upon tried-and-true processes that chemical firms have used for decades to produce plastics.
Thanks to The Royal Society's Theo Murphy Blue Skies Award, Professor Ulf Leonhardt, who holds the Chair in Theoretical Physics at The University of St Andrews, will spend the next two years working on a blueprint for a cloaking device.
The first experiments are now underway using the world's most powerful X-ray laser, the Linac Coherent Light Source, located at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. Illuminating objects and processes at unprecedented speed and scale, the LCLS has embarked on groundbreaking research in physics, structural biology, energy science, chemistry and a host of other fields.
Little is known about what happens if nanomaterials get into your body - where do they go? North Carolina State researchers are working to answer that question under a grant from the National Institutes of Health.
In all the world, there are about 200 types of zeolite, a compound of silicon, aluminum and oxygen that gives civilization such things as laundry detergent, kitty litter and gasoline. But thanks to computations by Rice University professor Michael Deem and his colleagues, it appears there are more types of zeolites than once thought. A lot more.
A dentist carrying out root canal treatment will need to use a variety of compounds. These do not always bond together properly and sometimes expensive follow-up treatment has to be performed. But a new class of material meets the requirements and solves the problem.