MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) are being put to use in some very innovative ways; find out more during the Bourne Report, a new weekly talk radio show that discusses the latest MEMS-based products, news and trends.
For those who dream of a cleaner, greener future thanks to nonpolluting technologies, recent auto shows have showcased some ideas. The biggest conglomeration was at the December 2006 Los Angeles Auto Show, where green machines were a dominant theme. The January Detroit auto show was more low-key on the green front, but there were a couple of intriguing, well-developed concepts on display there as well.
Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Polyset Company have developed a new inexpensive, quick-drying polymer that could lead to dramatic cost savings and efficiency gains in semiconductor manufacturing and computer chip packaging.
Undergraduate research experience provides students with lasting benefits. The Johns Hopkins Institute for NanoBioTechnology is pleased to offer a 10-week summer NanoBio research experience for undergraduates funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation.
The European Commission has requested an initial scientific opinion from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) relating to the risks arising from nanoscience and nanotechnologies on food and feed safety and the environment. The request also asks to identify the nature of the possible hazards associated with actual and foreseen applications in the food and feed area and to provide general guidance on data needed for the risk assessment of such technologies and applications.
In a significant step towards improving the design of future catalysts and catalytic reactors, especially for microfluidic 'lab-on-a-chip' devices, researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California at Berkeley, have successfully applied magnetic resonance imaging to the study of gas-phase reactions on the microscale.
In a significant breakthrough, researchers at Northwestern University's Center for Quantum Devices (CQD) have demonstrated visible-blind avalanche photodiodes (APDs) capable of detecting single photons in the ultraviolet region (360-200 nm).
NanoJapan, a unique, Rice University-based program that combines a traditional study abroad experience in Japan with a targeted undergraduate research internship in nanotechnology, has been awarded the Institute of International Education's (IIE) prestigious Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published today in the Federal Register its plan for the Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The plan takes a positive first step by offering industry, non-governmental organizations and other groups the opportunity to voluntarily submit safety data on engineered nanoscale materials.
Increased funding, training students and teachers in science, math and related fields, and attracting high-skilled immigrants should be the key mantras for America to maintain its competitive edge in a global world, scientists and industry leaders say.
The Department of Defense has commissioned a nine-month study from Rice University chemists and scientists in the Texas Medical Center to determine whether a new drug based on carbon nanotubes can help prevent people from dying of acute radiation injury following radiation exposure. The new study was commissioned after preliminary tests found the drug was greater than 5,000 times more effective at reducing the effects of acute radiation injury than the most effective drugs currently available.