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California team to receive up to $122 million for energy innovation hub to develop method to produce fuels from sunlight

As part of a broad effort to achieve breakthrough innovations in energy production, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman today announced an award of up to $122 million over five years to a multidisciplinary team of top scientists to establish an Energy Innovation Hub aimed at developing revolutionary methods to generate fuels directly from sunlight.

Posted: Jul 24th, 2010

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NASA telescope finds buckyballs in space

Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have discovered carbon molecules, known as 'buckyballs', in space for the first time. Buckyballs are soccer-ball-shaped molecules that were first observed in a laboratory 25 years ago.

Posted: Jul 23rd, 2010

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Fabrication of photoluminescent glass capsules containing high concentrations of uantum dots

Researchers in Japan have developed photoluminescent glass capsules containing multiple CdSe/ZnS core/shell quantum dots that retain their photoluminescence properties. With high emission brightness and the durability of glass, the capsule can be used as a fluorescent reagent in a wide variety of bio-applications, from basic research to clinical applications. Its brightness and durability could make it useful as a phosphor for electronics.

Posted: Jul 23rd, 2010

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Do-it-yourself microtechnology for smaller companies

A European project has developed a one-stop shop to support companies, especially SMEs, in the rapid design and manufacture of novel micro-devices for use in applications ranging from medical diagnosis to mobile phones.

Posted: Jul 23rd, 2010

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A trick of the light

Unusual properties predicted in superconducting thin films could deliver perfect lenses and other novel applications.

Posted: Jul 23rd, 2010

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