Radio waves are used for many measurements and applications, for example, in communication with mobile phones, MRI scans, scientific experiments and cosmic observations. But 'noise' in the detector of the measuring instrument limits how sensitive and precise the measurements can be. Now researchers have developed a new method where they can avoid noise by means of laser light and can therefore achieve extreme precision of measurements.
Terawatts of power in laser pulses, low cost graphene coatings. Luminescent nanotubes and air-breathing biofuel cells. Proteins confronting nanoviscosity inside living cells, flows improving medical diagnostics and drug testing in bacterial colonies clustering in controlled microdroplets. These and dozens other topics are presented in an electronic book prepared by the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences.
Researchers from Empa and ETH Zurich have succeeded in producing a prototype of a vibration-damping material that could change the world of mechanics forever. The material of the future is not only able to damp vibrations completely; it can also specifically conduct certain frequencies further.
Scientists report that rough zinc oxide coatings can prevent tiny silicon parts from adhering to each other. The study could accelerate the development of even more advanced, high-performance electronics and small sensors.
On May 15th, 2014, NanoForum 2014 will take place in Stockholm, Sweden. The theme is Public Private Partnerships with presentations spanning all the way from international policy issues right down to hands-on examples from existing programmes.