Carbon, the active ingredient in charcoal, is normally not considered a fire retardant, but researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have determined that adding a small amount of carbon nanofibers to the polyurethane foams used in some upholstered furniture can reduce flammability by about 35 percent when compared to foam infused with conventional fire retardants.
Southern Methodist University chemist Brent Sumerlin has earned a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award, given to junior faculty members who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars in American colleges and universities.
Imagine tiny cracks in your patio table healing by themselves, or the first small scratch on your new car disappearing by itself. This and more may be possible with self-healing coatings being developed at the University of Illinois.
IBM and researchers from Harvard University are launching a new World Community Grid project to discover organic materials to create a more efficient and lower cost solar cell. The path-breaking effort will use idle computer power from volunteers to create large supplies of new clean energy.
The tunnel effect of magnetization, a highly unusual property of the world of quantum mechanics has been acknowledged as one of the milestones in the study of spin of the twentieth century in the special collection Milestones in Spin.
The fast pace of growing computing power could be sustained for many years to come thanks to new research from the UK's National Physical Laboratory (NPL) that is applying advanced techniques to magnetic semiconductors.
Chi-Chang Kao, a physicist and leader in synchrotron light research, has been named founding Director of the Joint Photon Sciences Institute (JPSI) at the U.S. Department of Energy?s Brookhaven National Laboratory, effective immediately.
Chalmers researcher Andreas Dahlin has developed a biosensor with an artificial membrane, which means that membrane-bound proteins can retain their natural structure and function. The method facilitates the study of the function of the proteins, which could be of major significance in the search for new drugs.
The 13th issue of the E-Nano newsletter from the EU funded nanoICT Coordination Action contains two position papers corresponding to the Working Groups on carbon nanotubes and modelling at the nanoscale.
In a sign the government might be taking nanomania a bit too seriously, Nanotechnology Corporation chief Anatoly Chubais rolled out plans last week for a war on nanothieves - companies who inaccurately use the 'nano' prefix to hawk wares ranging from breast implants to concrete.
Scholars from around the world participated in an ASU conference on Dec. 4-5, debating whether law and ethics are capable of keeping pace with science and technology and seeking potential solutions for the challenges created by the growing gap.
Summing up the results of the First International Contest of scientific papers in the sphere of nanotechnologies between young scientists became the central event of the last day of the First International Forum on Nanotechnologies that took place in Moscow from December 3-5, 2008.
This course is aimed at those already in possession of a sound knowledge of S/TEM requiring a deeper understanding of advanced electron optics, and is especially suited to those using, or expecting to use, any type of aberration-corrected and/or monochromated S/TEM instrument.