The social responsibilities of the global scientific community and the values that should guide the conduct of scientists are at the core of a new booklet released by the International Council for Science (ICSU).
The start of NANOCERTIFICA, the Russian Federation's first certification system for industrial nanotechnology production, was declared at a press conference held on October 22, 2008 at the President Hotel in Moscow.
In this information age, increased storage capacity is a central challenge for science and technology. A team of German and Italian researchers has pursued this by exploring the concept of 'nanostructured storage domains'.
Hyperbranched polymers have already been used to develop materials such as resins and wood coatings with improved durability and resistance to abrasion. These exploit the fact that molecules with multiple branches tend to cling together more strongly, making them resistant to wear. But hyperbranched polymers also have other properties, such as low viscosity, which makes them suitable for applications such as flexible electronic displays.
Some organic substances have a property called photochromism, meaning that their absorption spectrum, or color, changes when they are exposed to certain types of light. In particular, a new artificial protein called Dronpa shows great promise for applications because it can be switched back and forth between a 'bright' state and a 'dark' state.
Scientists at the RIKEN Advanced Science Institute, Wako, Saitama University, Saitama, and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Tsukuba, have demonstrated that an organic film can be switched from being a superconductor to an insulator through the proper choice of substrate.
The Ben Franklin Venture Investment Forum (BFVIF) in conjunction with the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern PA (BFTP) announces the Big Idea Business Plan Contest.The grand prize of $100,000 will be awarded to one technology-oriented company start or further develop the business in Pennsylvania.
The international chemical and pharmaceutical group Solvay today signs an agreement to become part of the research network of Holst Centre, an open-innovation initiative by IMEC (Belgium) and TNO (The Netherlands).
CSC today announced that a wave of disruptive technologies is reshaping industry, triggering new business models and altering consumer and employee behaviors, according to a report issued by CSC?s Leading Edge Forum (LEF).
How does one make and measure a qubit? The problem has engaged scientists for years. Many arrangements have been proposed and some demonstrated, each with its advantages and disadvantages, including tricky schemes involving superconducting tunnel junctions, quantum dots, neutral atoms in optical lattices, trapped ions probed by lasers, and so on.
University of New South Wales' (UNSW) ARC Photovoltaic Centre of Excellence has again asserted its leadership in solar cell technology by reporting the first silicon solar cell to achieve the milestone of 25 per cent effiency.
With a $1.6M grant from the U.S. Office of Naval Research, UC San Diego NanoEngineering professor Joseph Wang will lead a project to create a 'field hospital on a chip' that soldiers can wear on the battlefield.