||Lilliputian Laser: One-thousandth the diameter of a human hair
One of the smallest lasers ever made -- far too small to be seen even with the aid of
the most powerful optical microscope -- has been successfully tested by a team of
researchers with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University
of California at Berkeley
||The world's lightest
Developed by a team of scientists leaded
by professor Gideon Grader from Technion the Israel Institute of
Technology, the new ceramic foam contains 95 % of air enabling a
remarkably low density and high acoustic, and thermal insulation.
Some chemists worry plenty about nothing... Well, almost nothing. It's the holes inside
solid materials that are on their minds.
by Jessica Gorman
High strength Aerogels
It's not much more than smoke. Yet the new material developed at the University of
Oklahoma is no lightweight when it comes to strength. It is only half as dense as balsa
wood. But you need a hammer to break it.
by Philip Ball
Source: Nature Sienceupdate
||Sticking things to
Single-walled carbon nanotubes, for all their remarkable and promising properties, will
never totally fulfill their potential until an effective way is found to manipulate and
organize them into ordered arrays.
by Ron Dagani
Source : Chemical Engineering News
Quantum dots bar-code DNA
Microbead bar-codes make light work of screening biological molecules.
Mingyong Han and colleagues embedded light-emitting nanocrystals known, as quantum
dots, into tiny polymer beads. By tagging their microbeads onto strands of DNA, the
researchers created a "chemical lab" that detects and analyzes DNA molecules.
||Tiny silicon wires to
detect trace residues of explosives
Chemists at the university of California, San Diego have developed a silicon polymer
"nanowire", some 2,000 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair, that is
capable of detecting trace amounts of TNT and picric acid.
Source: University of California, San Diego
MAX phases: Unique New Carbide and Nitride Materials
The materials form a new class of solids,
the nanolaminates, which exhibits new physics along with unusual machinability
by M. Barsoum & T. El-Raghy
Source: American Scientist
speeds gene research
Cells do all the work in a novel biochip that might shorten the path to safer drugs.
Microarrays of living cells could provide a shorcut to the development of safer drugs and
a fuller understanding of the human genome.
by D. Cameron
Source: Technology Review
in on the mystery of colossal magnetoresistance
Dan Dessau of the University of Colorado has worked with students and colleagues at the
University of Tokyo and Berkeley Lab's Advanced Light Source to attack a recalcitrant
puzzle in contemporary electronic theory: what can explain colossal
magnetoresistance, or CMR?
by P Preuss
Source: Science beat Berkeley Lab
Researchers Build World's Fastest Silicon Transistors
Transistors at 20 nanometers in size to enable billion-transistor microprocessors later
this decade. This will allow Intel to build microprocessors running ar speeds approaching
20 Ghz and operating at less than one volt in approximately 2007.
Source: Intel press releases
If you like music, you probably have a substantial collection of compact discs, but
what if you were able to take them all and put them on something the size of a single CD ?