To cost-effectively protect the climate, not only an emissions trading scheme but also financial support for new technologies is needed. Economising on targeted funding, for example for renewable energies, makes climate protection more expensive - as scientists of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research now calculated for the first time, using a complex computer simulation that spans the entire 21st century.
Controlling the behavior of nanoparticles can be just as difficult trying to wrangle a group of teenagers. However, a new study has given scientists insight into how tweaking a nanoparticle's attractive electronic qualities can lead to the creation of ordered uniform supraparticles'.
Australian researchers have engineered one of the world's smallest ever nanowires for the next generation of telecommunication technology, bringing them one step closer to the holy grail of optics - the creation of a 'photonic chip' which would lead to a faster, more sustainable internet.
Stephen Curry has made a film by interviewing six scientists who are at different stages of their careers. They were kind enough to share their stories of how they got into science and to talk about why they like doing it and what they think it takes to be a good scientist.
Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), the world's leading university-research consortium for semiconductors and related technologies, joined today with the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund $20 million for 12 four-year grants on nanoelectronics research.
Scientists have shown that certain nanomaterials, such as carbon nanotubes, enter cells tip-first and almost always at a 90-degree angle. The orientation ends up fooling the cell; by taking in the rounded tip first, the cell mistakes the particle for a sphere, rather than a long cylinder. By the time the cell realizes the material is too long to be fully ingested, it's too late.
Researchers from the University of Toronto, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology and Pennsylvania State University have created the most efficient colloidal quantum dot (CQD) solar cell ever.
The National Institutes of Health will collaborate with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to develop a chip to screen for safe and effective drugs far more swiftly and efficiently than current methods, and before they are tested in humans.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst has received a five-year, $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support a national research center on nanomanufacturing. The grant will fund the university's Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing.
An Italian-British team of scientists has succeeded in drawing superconducting shapes using an X-ray beam. The study shows how being able to create and control tiny superconducting structures could lead to innovative electronic devices.
Just as a camera flash illuminates unseen objects hidden in darkness, a sequence of laser pulses can be used to study the elusive quantum behavior of a large "macroscopic" object. This method provides a novel tool of unprecedented performance for current experiments that push the boundaries of the quantum world to larger and larger scales.