A novel mechanism for long-term air retention under water is found in the sophisticated surface design of the water fern Salvinia. Its floating leaves are evenly covered with complex hydrophobic hairs retaining a layer of air when submerged under water. This Salvinia Effect provides an innovative concept to develop biomimetic surfaces with long-term air-retention capabilities for under water applications.
This new treatment for war injuries includes using a process or technology called Photochemical Tissue Bonding, which can replace conventional sutures, staples and glues in repairing skin wounds, reconnecting severed peripheral nerves, blood vessels, tendons and incisions in the cornea.
German scientists have refined and used a method to observe how individual nerve cells process visual information in a living brain. The new microscopic method made it possible for them to study tiny synapses on a single neuron, and to determine that each individual neuron performs an important role in sensory processing.
It looks like a piece of gel that slips into the sole of your sneaker, but it's a new nano-based technology that can make computers and the Internet hundreds of times faster - a communications technology 'enabler' that may be in use only five or ten years in the future.
The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) has recently been helping the Health Protection Agency (HPA) set up the National Nanotoxicology Research Centre (NNRC) at their Centre for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards with the aim of advancing research into the possible toxic effects of nanoparticles.
The so-called Clean Room of Fondazione Bruno Kessler in Povo (Trento), part of the Micro-Technologies Laboratory with a staff of 18 researchers and technicians, is expanding: on Tuesday, 4 May at 2.30 p.m. in the headquarters in via Sommarive, there will be the inauguration of a new area, a 200 quare meter sector in addition to the already operational 500.
Following the success of the 1st Joint Transnational Call in 2009, EuroNanoMed is launching its 2nd Joint Call for funding of transnational innovative research projects in Nanomedicine. This call will enable scientists from European and associated countries to establish collaborative research consortia spanning multiple disciplines.
Rice University's Nobel Prize-winning researchers dreamed of solving the world's problems, but that can only happen if new generations learn to carry on their work. That's a prime reason the tier-one university is celebrating the Year of Nano in 2010, the 25th anniversary of the discovery of the carbon 60 molecule - aka the buckminsterfullerene, or buckyball.
Positronium is a short-lived system in which an electron and its anti-particle are bound together. In 2007, physicists at the University of California, Riverside created molecular positronium, a brand-new substance, in the laboratory. Now they have succeeded in isolating for the first time a sample of spin polarized positronium atoms.