Physicists are divided on whether string theory is a viable theory of everything, but many agree that it offers a new way to look at physical phenomena that have otherwise proven difficult to describe. In the past decade, physicists have used string theory to build a connection between quantum and gravitational mechanics, known as gauge/gravity duality. MIT physicists have now used that connection to describe a specific physical phenomenon - the behavior of a type of high-temperature superconductor.
Materials KTN, supported by industry and academia held a roadmapping event on the use of nanomaterials in the transport sector. The objective was to determine the gaps in participants knowledge and ability, with a view to possibly providing SPARK Awards to help companies become more competitive.
Using a single material as both the button and the circuit for the first time, scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology have created tiny logic circuits that can be used as the basis of nanometer-scale robotics and processors.
Safe Work Australia commissioned RMIT to undertake a survey of the current substitution/modification practices used in Australian nanotechnology-related activities and a literature review in order to determine the potential substitution/modification options that may reduce the toxicity of engineered nanomaterials used in Australia.
The focus of the new report "Engineered Nanomaterials: Feasibility of establishing exposure standards and using control banding in Australia" (pdf; 273 KB) is to investigate the feasibility of 1) establishing group-based Australian National Exposure Standards for engineered nanomaterials and 2) using control banding for engineered nanomaterials in Australia.
Mit einer europaweit einmaligen Schriftenreihe bietet Hessen-Nanotech in leicht verstaendlicher und attraktiv aufbereiteter Form kompakte Informationen ueber die Anwendungsmoeglichkeiten von Nanotechnologie in den verschiedenen Branchen und Technikfeldern.
Two junior researchers at Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) Munich have been awarded prestigious Starting Grants by the European Research Council (ERC). Professor Dieter Braun and Professor Philip Tinnefeld, both members of the Faculty of Physics, will each receive research funding in the amount of some 1.5 million Euros over the next five years.
A compact microscope invented at Rice University is proving its potential to impact global health. This portable, battery-operated fluorescence microscope, which costs $240, stacks up nicely against devices that retail for as much as $40,000 in diagnosing signs of tuberculosis.
Biochemists and computer scientists at the University of Washington two years ago launched an ambitious project harnessing the brainpower of computer gamers to solve medical problems. The game, Foldit, turns one of the hardest problems in molecular biology into a game a bit reminiscent of Tetris.