Physicists have discovered a new way of harvesting waste heat and turning it into electrical power. Taking advantage of quantum effects, the technology holds great promise for making cars, power plants, factories and solar panels more efficient.
A team led by a North Carolina State University researcher has shown that water-gel-based solar devices can act like solar cells to produce electricity. The findings prove the concept for making solar cells that more closely mimic nature. They also have the potential to be less expensive and more environmentally friendly than the current standard-bearer: silicon-based solar cells.
The NanoKTN has announced the publication of its UK Nanotechnology Directory, a guidebook to the UK's world-class micro and nanotechnology (MNT) sector, featuring over 400 organisations active in nanotechnology in the UK.
STMicroelectronics, the leader of the EU Sixth Framework Program PULLNANO Advanced Technology Research and development project, today announced that PULLNANO has been selected and invited to be demonstrated at ICT 2010, an event organized by the European Commission and hosted by the Belgian Presidency of the European Union, to be held on September 27-29, 2010 in Brussels.
A portable MicroKit system developed by the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN), the world's first bioengineering and nanotechnology research institute, enables mass health screenings to be conducted at strategic locations such as airports, immigration checkpoints and train stations.
Government officials from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein met at the invitation of Liechtenstein for the 4th International Nano Authorities Dialogue. The participants discussed current developments in nanotechnologies, while the focus was on legal and technical issues about the insurability and regulation of nanotechnologies.
In materials science, spider silk is considered one of the most fascinating products of nature. The protein molecules, from which spider silk is made up of, can nowadays be biotechnologically produced with the help of genetically altered organisms. Possible applications of these biotechnologically produced proteins are the research focus of Prof. Dr. Thomas Scheibel, chairholder for biomaterials at the University of Bayreuth.
One touch directs a robotic arm to grab objects in a new computer program designed to give people in wheelchairs more independence. University of Central Florida researchers thought the ease of the using the program's automatic mode would be a huge hit. But they were wrong - many participants in a pilot study didn't like it because it was 'too easy'.
Engineering researchers from Tufts University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Harvard University have demonstrated the low-temperature efficacy of an atomically dispersed platinum catalyst, which could be suitable for on-board hydrogen production in fuel-cell-powered vehicles of the future.
Researchers at the California Institute of Technology have developed a new type of material - made out of silicon - that could lead to more efficient thermoelectric devices. The material - a type of nanomesh - is composed of a thin film with a grid-like arrangement of tiny holes.
A new document from the OECD provides information on current/planned activities related to the safety of manufactured nanomaterials in OECD member and non-member countries that attended at the 7th meeting of OECD's Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials in Paris France, on July 7-9, 2010.
Rohit Bhargava of the University of Illinois has come up with an intriguing new class of molecular probes for biomedical research called nanoLAMPs. Unlike most probes used in biomedicine or other types of research they don't require dyes or fluorescence but, like an ordinary house lamp, they do need a light switch in order to illuminate the molecular world.