Music, rather than electromechanical valves, can drive experimental samples through a lab-on-a-chip in a new system developed at the University of Michigan. This development could significantly simplify the process of conducting experiments in microfluidic devices.
Measurements with ytterbium-174, an isotope with 70 protons and 104 neutrons, have shown the largest effects of parity violation in an atom ever observed - a hundred times larger than the most precise measurements made so far, with the element cesium.
Carnegie Mellon University's Andrew J. Gellman will use a $2 million research grant from the Department of Energy to continue developing atomically and molecularly structured surfaces that will have an enormous impact on the efficiency of catalysts used to create products for the specialty chemical and petroleum industries.
EU-funded researchers in Germany have succeeded in tracking individual nanoparticles as they make their way into target cells, applying a highly sensitive, real-time microscopic technique that delivers high spatial and temporal resolution.
The board of the international award RUSNANOPRIZE-2009 has decided to award this year's prize to academician Leonid Keldysh (Russia) and professor Alfred Y. Cho (USA) for their research and development of 'Semiconductor superlattices and technology of molecular beam epitaxy (MBE)'.