Researchers in Spain have developed a device that makes objects invisible under a certain kind of light. Called 'dc metamaterial', the device brings the inside of the magnetic field down to zero but does not change the exterior field.
For her work on predicting the stability of nanoparticles in air and water, CSIRO scientist Dr Amanda Barnard has been awarded one of Australia's most prestigious environmental awards - the 2009 Mercedes-Benz Australian Environmental Research Award.
Researchers at UC Riverside report the first direct observation and controlled creation of one- and two-dimensional ripples in graphene sheets. Using simple thermal manipulation, the researchers produced the ripples, and controlled their orientation, wavelength and amplitude.
The Belgian nanoelectronics research institute IMEC starts with the expansion of its research labs with 2,800 square meters including the extension of its state-of-the-art clean room at its Leuven campus.
The applications of nanotechnology in the food and beverage sector are only now emerging, but these are predicted to grow rapidly in the coming years. Applications in this area already support development of improved tastes, color, flavor, texture and consistency of foodstuffs, increased absorption and bioavailability of nutrients and health supplements, new food packaging materials with improved mechanical, barrier and antimicrobial properties, and nano-sensors for traceability and monitoring the condition of food during transport and storage.
Working with atomic-scale particles known as quantum dots, a Missouri University of Science and Technology biologist hopes to develop a new and better way to deliver and monitor proteins, medicine, DNA and other molecules at the cellular level.
The RUSNANO's Supervisory Council has approved the corporation's participation in a project that would found a high-tech enterprise manufacturing gallium-arsenide substrates, chips, and optical components based on vertically emitting lasers.
A small green beetle may have some interesting lessons to teach scientists about optics and liquid crystals - complex mechanisms the insect uses to create a shell so strikingly beautiful that for centuries it was used in jewelry.