The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has awarded a grant valued at GBP 5m to a consortium of researchers in the UK, led by the University of Surrey, to work on Silicon Photonics.
Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) demonstrate a technique that allows them to selectively grow nanowires on sapphire wafers in specific positions and orientations accurately enough to attach contacts and layer other circuit elements, all with conventional lithography techniques.
Dutch researchers have developed a new type of biodegradable nanoparticle. The spherical structures can encapsulate various fat-soluble medicines, which makes it easier to target tumour tissue. These nanoballs are highly promising carriers for the controlled release of anticancer drugs.
Arizona State University has a new take on old memory, one that promises to boost the performance, capacity and battery life of consumer electronics from digital cameras to laptops. Best of all, it is cheap, made from common materials and compatible with just about anything currently on the market.