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Unavoidable disorder used to build nanolaser

Scientists have discovered that imperfect nanostructures can offer entirely new functionalities. They have shown that imperfect optical chips can be used to produce 'nanolasers', which is an ultimately compact and energy-efficient light source.

Posted: Mar 23rd, 2014

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Surprising new way to kill cancer cells

Scientists have demonstrated that cancer cells - and not normal cells - can be killed by eliminating either the FAS receptor, also known as CD95, or its binding component, CD95 ligand.

Posted: Mar 21st, 2014

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New use for an old 'trouble maker'

A 'trouble maker' from a bygone method of glass production could find a new use as an optical diffuser in medical laser treatments, communications systems and household lighting.

Posted: Mar 21st, 2014

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Spintronic thermoelectric power generators

Imagine a computer so efficient that it can recycle its own waste heat to produce electricity. Researchers at the Nanostructured Materials Research Laboratory at the University of Utah have fabricated spintronics-based thin film devices which do just that, i.e. convert even minute waste heat into useful electricity.

Posted: Mar 21st, 2014

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