Not that many companies claim they can turn a kilo of collagen from discarded hoki skins into a fibre that could reach all the way to the Sun. Auckland-based nano-technology start-up company Revolution Fibre does.
The new material, known as Nano Adaptive Hybrid Fabric (NAHF-X), is nicknamed 'fuzzy fiber' for its multiscale capabilities in electrical and thermal conductivity, chemical sensing and energy storage and conversion.
Call it the anti-sunscreen. That's more or less the description of what many solar energy researchers would like to find - light-catching substances that could be added to photovoltaic materials in order to convert more of the sun's energy into carbon-free electricity.
Scientists at the University of Toronto in Canada have shown that inexpensive nickel can work just as well as gold for one of the critical electrical contacts that gather the electrical current produced by their colloidal quantum dot solar cells.
Researchers from the Max Planck Institute of Biophysics in Frankfurt, and Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York have provided the first atomic-level glimpse of the proton-driven motor from a major group of ATP synthases, enzymes that are central to cellular energy conversion.
Team led by Pitt physics and astronomy professor Jeremy Levy to resolve the major challenges to creating computers more powerful and efficient than all the world's existing computers with five-year US Department of Defense MURI award.
Physicists recently developed a new theoretical model to explain how the Pauli exclusion principle can be violated and how, under certain rare conditions, more than one electron can simultaneously occupy the same quantum state.
Cancer and engineering scientists at The Ohio State University are collaborating to create molecule-sized nanofibers to mimic the structure of white matter in the brain. By combining nanotechnology with a medically-approved polymer, researchers are able to study the invasive behavior of tumor cells.
Ecological scientists will discuss findings on human-ecosystem interactions - from the effects of nanomaterials on plant growth to the diversity of insect species on green roofs, and even communities of airborne microbes in hospital buildings - at the Ecological Society of America's 95th Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh from August 1-6, 2010.