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Team to develop 'microbrain' to improve drug testing

Take a millionth of a human brain and squeeze it into a special chamber the size of a mustard seed. Link it to a second chamber filled with cerebral spinal fluid and thread both of them with artificial blood vessels in order to create a microenvironment that makes the neurons and other brain cells behave as if they were in a living brain. Then surround the chambers with a battery of sensors that monitor how the cells respond when exposed to minute quantities of dietary toxins, disease organisms or new drugs under development.

Posted: Jul 24th, 2012

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'Rattle memory', new computer memory thanks to nanotechnology

Researchers from the FOM Foundation and Eindhoven University of Technology have successfully made a 'magnetic domain-wall ratchet' memory, a computer memory that is built up from moving bits of magnetised areas. This memory potentially offers many advantages compared to standard hard disks, such as a higher speed, lower electricity consumption and much longer life.

Posted: Jul 23rd, 2012

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Ten nations represented at CENIDE's first nanotechnology summer program

Sixteen students from ten different countries are currently taking part in the 'Nano Summer Program' organized by the Center for Nanointegration (CENIDE) at the University of Duisburg-Essen. Over the course of the seven-week program, these students will expand their knowledge of all things 'nano' and have an opportunity to network with leading experts in the field.

Posted: Jul 23rd, 2012

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Radiation damage bigger problem in microelectronics than previously thought

The amount of damage that radiation causes in electronic materials may be at least ten times greater than previously thought. That is the surprising result of a new characterization method that uses a combination of lasers and acoustic waves to provide scientists with a capability tantamount to X-ray vision: It allows them to peer through solid materials to pinpoint the size and location of detects buried deep inside with unprecedented precision.

Posted: Jul 20th, 2012

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