In military and security situations, a split second can make the difference between life and death, so North Carolina State University's development of new 'smart sensors' that allow for faster response times from military applications is important.
The ouroboros (ancient Greek for 'tail devourer') is a motif found in many cultures: a snake biting its own tail, it symbolizes eternity and cycles. Researchers have now constructed a molecular tail devourer, and have named this new class of compound 'ouroborand'. Their tail-biter is a molecular 'machine', which functions as a nanocontainer with a built-in switch that regulates access to the cavity.
A new biosensor developed at Purdue University can measure whether neurons are performing correctly when communicating with each other, giving researchers a tool to test the effectiveness of new epilepsy or seizure treatments.
The U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory will host on May 3-4 the symposium 'Research Opportunities in Electrochemical Energy Storage Beyond Lithium Ion: Computational Perspectives' to discuss advanced battery technologies for transportation, electronics and renewable energy applications.
Scientists and engineers have used uniform magnetic fields to drive iron-bearing nanoparticles to metal stents in injured blood vessels, where the particles deliver a drug payload that successfully prevents blockages in those vessels. In this animal study, the novel technique achieved better results at a lower dose than conventional non-magnetic stent therapy.
Florida State hired Steven Lenhert to further enhance the interdisciplinary cluster of faculty who form the Integrative NanoScience Institute (INSI) - a key part of the university's ambitious Pathways of Excellence initiative.
Showcasing its energy research initiatives for an Earth Day event on April 22 at the Pentagon, the Office of Naval Research (ONR) will highlight the microbial fuel cell, a device with the potential to revolutionize naval energy use by converting decomposed marine organisms into electricity.
A small blood lab that fits into the pocket of a jacket can quickly analyze the risk of blood clots in legs prior to a long distance flight; a sensor wristband for measuring electric smog can warn pacemaker patients of life-threatening exposure: 'Smart plastics' can turn such tools into reality.
A major new suite of laboratories, to be opened next week, will help scientists in the Green Chemistry group at the University of York to advance research into clean synthesis, catalysis, novel materials and the application of renewable resources.
A new experiments shows that photon pairs increase the frequency of the oscillation between light and matter over individual photons. These findings agree with theoretical predictions first made in the 1960s.
Flexibel, druckbar und preiswert: Elektronikbauteile, deren Aufbau auf Nanopartikeln und organischen Molekuelen beruht, erobern zunehmend den Markt. Drei Beispiele fuer Anwendungen zeigt der Exzellenzcluster Engineering of Advanced Materials (EAM) der Universitaet Erlangen-Nuernberg auf der Hannover Messe vom 19. - 23. April 2010.
A working group headed by Professor Rainer Waser from Forschungszentrum Juelich and RWTH Aachen University has developed a novel switching concept and the related technology for so-called memristor chips. With their research findings, the scientists are preparing for a paradigm shift in the architecture of computer chips.
Superschnell und leistungsstark: So sollen Quantencomputer einmal sein. Doch vor der Realisierung dieses voellig neuen Computertyps stehen noch technische Huerden. Ueber Fortschritte auf diesem Gebiet berichten Physiker der Uni Wuerzburg.