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New microscope can see individual molecules

A University of Massachusetts Amherst physicist is building a new microscope that achieves super resolution, allowing scientists to see molecules 100 times smaller than are visible using traditional light microscopy.

Posted: Jan 6th, 2010

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Nature provides the blueprint for tiny robots capable of working inside the human body

A professor for theoretical physics at the Technical University of Berlin is engaged with one of nature's domains, which other people might dread: Gut bacteria and salmonella. He analyzes the movement of those microscopically small organisms in aqueous environments. Following their example, tiny machines with the aptitude to work inside the humanbody could be built.

Posted: Jan 6th, 2010

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Nanoelectronics: It takes two

High-performance transistors based on silicon-germanium nanowires can be made using an approach compatible with existing mass-production techniques.

Posted: Jan 6th, 2010

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Tiny silver nanoparticles boost the efficiency of thin-film solar cells

Researchers from the Institute of High Performance Computing of A*STAR, Singapore, in collaboration with co-workers from CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering, Australia, have now revealed how metallic nanostructures can enhance light absorption - even in very thin silicon films - and thus increase the performance of thin-film solar cells.

Posted: Jan 6th, 2010

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Molecular worm algorithm navigates inside chemical labyrinth

With the passage of a molecule through the labyrinth of a chemical system being so critical to catalysis and other important chemical processes, computer simulations are frequently used to model potential molecule/labyrinth interactions. In the past, such simulations have been expensive and time-consuming to carry out, but now researchers have developed a new algorithm that should make future simulations easier and faster to compute, and yield much more accurate results.

Posted: Jan 5th, 2010

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Molekulare Wasserstoff-Systeme in Echtzeit

Prof. Thomas Elsaesser vom Max-Born-Institut fuer Nichtlineare Optik und Kurzzeitspektroskopie in Berlin erhaelt vom Europaeischen Forschungsrat (ERC) einen 'Advanced Grant' in Hoehe von 2,49 Millionen Euro. Ziel des ausgezeichneten Forschungsprojekts ist die Aufklaerung extrem schneller Prozesse, die die Eigenschaften von Wasserstoffbruecken in molekularen Systemen bestimmen.

Posted: Jan 5th, 2010

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Quantum age edges closer

Superfast quantum computing is closer than ever following recent breakthroughs by an international team led by researchers from the University of New South Wales.

Posted: Jan 5th, 2010

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