The ferroelectric materials found in today's 'smart cards' used in subway, ATM and fuel cards soon may eliminate the time-consuming booting and rebooting of computer operating systems by providing an 'instant-on' capability as well as preventing losses from power outages.
Wired is carrying a story on how researchers in Canada have unveiled plans for a factory that will use nanotechnology to extract cellulose from wood and use it to form composite materials for airplanes.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced today it is accepting proposals for a program to support high-impact scientific advances through the use of some of the world's most powerful supercomputers located at DOE national laboratories.
Recent advances in DNA sequencing have made it relatively easy to acquire the full genotype of an individual, but it is equally important to match those genes to their functions. One useful step is to build up a 'metabolic phenotype' outlining all the processes operating to sustain the individual?s life.
RIKEN scientists, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Tokyo, Japan, and Sungkyunkwan University, Korea, have unveiled the possible existence of a new magnetic phase in the spatial arrangements of electron spins.
A multi-disciplinary team of scientists from the University of Leicester could be potentially paving the way for the development of a powerful new strategy for both the early diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer.
Among their many other interesting properties, carbon nanotubes have been found to act as catalysts for some important chemical reactions, including some that could be used to make cleaner fuels. Researchers have now pinpointed unique sites where the reactions take place on single-walled nanotubes.
Researchers in Germany and Canada have developed a new technique called ballistic spin resonance that 'flips the spin' of unpaired electrons without using oscillating fields, which are cumbersome to generate on microchips.
Physicists have measured and controlled seemingly forbidden collisions between neutral strontium atoms - a class of antisocial atoms known as fermions, which are not supposed to collide when in identical energy states.
New research involves taking a well-known oxide, strontium titanate, and depositing it on silicon in such a way that the silicon squeezes it into a special state called ferroelectric - a result that could prove key to next-generation memory devices.
A University of Colorado at Boulder team has developed a new method of shrinking the size of circuitry used in nanotechnology devices like computer chips and solar cells by using two separate colors of light.
By combining nanoparticles with a scorpion venom compound already being investigated for treating brain cancer, University of Washington researchers found they could cut the spread of cancerous cells by 98 percent, compared to 45 percent for the scorpion venom alone.