NISE (the Nanoscale Informal Science Eductaion) Net has identified March 29–April 6, 2008, as the dates for NanoDays, a week of community-based educational outreach events to raise public awareness of nanoscale science and engineering. NISE Net will provide basic materials and facilitation to support the planning of these events in local communities across the United States.
Scientists have only been able to take naturally occurring materials so far when it comes to their physics and chemical properties. What they do in their natural form is simply what they do. They can't do any more by themselves, though compounds combining several different materials have been used to extend base abilities. Now, scientists are finding out that through nano construction processes, they can custom build new materials that don't naturally occur in nature, with some amazing properties.
Were you soaked in last summer's heavy rainstorms? John Simpson, a senior research scientist at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, has developed a new super-water-repellent coating that might make a dismal British summer more bearable.
The Center for Nanophase Materials Science at Oak Ridge National Laboratory was the first of five federally funded nanoscience research facilities to come into being within the past couple of years, and it's also been the busiest.
Engineers and researchers designing and building new microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) can benefit from a new test method developed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to measure a key mechanical property of such systems: elasticity. The new method determines the Young's modulus of thin films not only for MEMS devices but also for semiconductor devices in integrated circuits.
Two EU-funded projects have been pushing the limits of chip miniaturization, trying to make complementary metal-oxide semiconductor chips (CMOS) even smaller than they already are. While the NanoCMOS project, which was completed in 2006, helped develop 45 nanometer (nm) node semiconductors, its follow-up project NANOPULL is aiming at 32nm and ultimately 22nm features.
There is plenty of innovation in micro- and nanotechnologies, but bringing new devices to market is often prohibitively expensive. Many micro devices have small production volumes, while design, packaging and testing are costly. Now European researchers are breaking down the barriers by developing design methodologies that focus on manufacturing, packaging and testing.
Dr Melanie Webb from the Surrey Ion Beam Centre at the University of Surrey will be giving a presentation on security and crime prevention using nanotechnology at the Royal Society conference on January 17.
The birth of FermiGrid, an initiative aiming to unite all of Fermilab's computing resources into a single grid infrastructure, changed the way that computing was done at the lab, improving efficiency and making better use of these resources along the way.
Enhancing trade between the United States and the nations of the European Union while helping ensure the safety and quality of goods sold in both markets is the goal of a collaborative agreement signed on Dec. 17, 2007.
A new report from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) shows that investment in measurement science has and will continue to have a dramatic effect on innovation, productivity, growth and competitiveness in and among high technology sectors.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued its first reference standards for nanoscale particles targeted for the biomedical research community - literally 'gold standards' for labs studying the biological effects of nanoparticles.
With barriers between disciplines vanishing, there is need for biomedical scientists to familiarise themselves with subjects such as electronics, computers, and nanotechnology to take research forward.