Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have created a road map that brings academia and the semiconductor industry one step closer to realizing carbon nanotube interconnects, and alleviating the current bottleneck of information flow that is limiting the potential of computer chips in everything from personal computers to portable music players.
The European ICT research project OLLA organizes its fourth and last edition of the International Summer School on OLEDs. During this event an international group of top experts will explain and discuss the latest developments and challenges of Organic Light Emitting Diodes, a new and promising lighting technology.
The cooling of atoms to near absolute zero has been possible thanks largely to laser-based techniques, but only about 10 percent of elements in the periodic table have the necessary atomic level structure. A new two-step technique promises to cool atoms representing 90 percent of the elements.
Two leaders in biomedical research - the University of California, Berkeley, and Stanford University School of Medicine - will join forces in a new stem cell initiative that will catalyze research and serve as a magnet for scholars from around the world.
A novel aerosol version of the most common tuberculosis (TB) vaccine, administered directly to the lungs as an oral mist, offers significantly better protection against the disease in experimental animals than a comparable dose of the traditional injected vaccine, researchers report this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
NIST researchers reported at the March Meeting of the American Physical Society how they have improved manipulation of so-called block copolymers - polymers made of a mixture of two or more different molecule building blocks that are tethered at a junction point - which can form arrays of tiny dots that could be used as the basis for electronic components that pack terabytes (1000 gigabytes) of memory in something as small as a pack of gum.
Researchers in the United States and Austria report an advance toward the next generation of plastic solar cells, which are widely heralded as a low cost, environmentally-friendly alternative to inorganic solar cells for meeting rising energy demands.
In yet another twist on the strangeness of the nanoworld, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Maryland-College Park have discovered that materials such as silica that are quite brittle in bulk form behave as ductile as gold at the nanoscale. Their results may affect the design of future nanomachines.