In an age where nanotechnology and stem cells could greatly extend human life, and where human-to-computer mind upload is discussed as casually as the latest iPad app, the Singularity may not be all it's cracked up to be.
Cryogenic ultrahigh vacuum scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) was employed by researchers in the Center for Nanoscale Materials Electronic and Magnetic Materials and Devices Group to uncover exceptionally weak molecule-surface interactions between fullerene C60 deposited onto epitaxially grown graphene on silicon carbide substrates.
North Carolina State University researchers have shown that the "bulkiness" of molecules commonly used in the creation of gold nanoparticles actually dictates the size of the nanoparticles - with larger so-called ligands resulting in smaller nanoparticles.
Andreas Richter vom Institut für Halbleiter- und Mikrosystemtechnik und seinem Team ist es gelungen, einen Mikroprozessor zu entwickeln, der im Unterschied zu den Mikroprozessoren der Computer keine elektronische Information, sondern chemische Information in Form von Chemikalienkonzentrationen verarbeitet.
Energy-efficient, high-speed electronics on a nanoscale and screens for mobile telephones and computers that are so thin they can be rolled up. Just a couple of examples of what the super-material graphene could give us. But is European industry up to making these visions a reality?
The Slovenian government treats nanotechnology as a national research priority, but the topic is virtually non-existent in the national mass media, according to new research. This lack of information for the public means it is difficult for them to make decisions about the safety of products, the study argues.
Scientists at INM - Leibniz Institute for New Materials found out that certain nanoparticles assemble into groups as if they were atoms. Like the atoms of metals or noble gases, they form specific structures depending on their number. Through their findings, the researchers are now able to make precisely defined structures from nanoparticles.
Given its novelty, there are not many scientific studies on the possible risks to health arising from the use of nanoparticles, the reason why, in 2010, Grupo Antolin (the Antolin Group) launched an R+D+i project with GAIKER-IK4 Technological Centre, with which the Group has been collaborating for a decade.