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Heat-powered cascade laser needs no electric current
University : 21 November, 2012
In micro electronics heat often causes problems and engineers have to put a lot of technical effort into cooling, for example micro chips, to dissipate heat that is generated during operation. Innsbruck physicists have now suggested a concept for a laser that could be powered by heat. This idea may open a completely new way for cooling microchips.
Laser-printed polymer circuits point to less expensive electronics
University : 18 November, 2012
The National Technical University of Athens in Greece has developed a method for potentially ushering in an age of cheaper electronics. The researchers successfully created polymer circuits using laser printing, which eliminates the needs for solvents that can cause more harm than good. So far, the team responsible has printed photovoltaic and biological sensing circuits.
Directed self-assembly (DSA) of block copolymers could bring fivefold disk drive storage boost
University : 16 November, 2012
The storage capacity of hard disk drives could increase by a factor of five thanks to processes developed by chemists and engineers at The University of Texas at Austin.
GRIN (Gradient Refractory INdex) polymer lens nearly identical to human eye lens
University : 16 November, 2012
A multi-layered polymer gradient refractive index (GRIN) lens inspired by the human eye could one day provide a more natural alternative to implantable eye lenses and consumer vision products.
Electrical and mechanical self-healing composite targets electronic skin applications
University : 16 November, 2012
Researchers at Stanford University have created a new flexible skin-like material that has the ability to heal itself, which could pave the way for a new generation of prosthetics. Further development could also lead to regeneration of organs and limitless other possibilities.
Looking through an opaque material
University : 12 November, 2012
A team of researchers from the Netherlands and Italy has succeeded in making sharp pictures of objects hidden behind an opaque screen.
Understanding how friction works - what if the nanoworld slides?
Contract Research Organisation : 12 November, 2012
A study published by three SISSA researchers - in PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) provides a new tool to better understand how sliding friction works in nanotribology, through colloidal crystals.
Assessing damage to steel-reinforced concrete from salting winter roads
University : 11 November, 2012
Swedish scientists have studied models to help road and bridge maintenance engineers work out how much damage salting the roads in winter might cause to steel-reinforced concrete structures.
Rotating vortex beams based on silicon nitride thin film - a fresh approach to electron microscopy
University : 11 November, 2012
A method of producing extremely intense vortex beams, rotating like a tornado, has been discovered at the Vienna University of Technology (TU Vienna) and offer new possibilities for electron microscopy.
Report discusses types and applications of filler-enhanced polymer nanocomposites
Market Research and Forecasting : 08 November, 2012
Research and Markets has announced the addition of Woodhead Publishing new book "Advances in polymer nanocomposites: Types and applications" to its offering.
Nottingham University opens Aerospace Technology Centre
University : 08 November, 2012
Nottingham University's new, £5m Aerospace Technology Centre has been opened by John Rishton, chief executive of Rolls-Royce.
Poor car sales to see European butadiene production overtake demand
Market Research and Forecasting : 05 November, 2012
European production of butadiene, the chemical required to create the synthetic rubber used for tyres, will soon overtake demand for the first time since 2000 as a result of the continent’s shrinking car industry, says industry analysts GBI Research in its latest report.
Preventing wear in electronics production
University : 05 November, 2012
In a solution to clamp damage in PCB production, the damaged clamps migrate in a circular path within the production facility as if on a carousel. And, like the PCBs that they hold, a new thin layer of copper is plated onto them.
MCM ITP annual call for proposals now open
Research Funding : 19 October, 2012
The MCM ITP programme is currently inviting proposals from industry and academia to start mid 2013.
Delivering solar geoengineering materials may be feasible and affordable
Professional Society : 10 October, 2012
A cost analysis of the technologies needed to transport materials into the stratosphere to reduce the amount of sunlight hitting Earth and therefore reduce the effects of global climate change has shown that they are both feasible and affordable.
Growth in Asia will help synthetic rubber bounce back
Market Research and Forecasting : 04 October, 2012
Asia’s weakened demand for synthetic rubbers, commonly used in tire production, is expected to recover following this year’s drop in car production, says a new report from petrochemical experts GBI Research. This in-depth report from GBI Research is focused on the Asia-Pacific butadiene industry. It was built using data and information sourced from proprietary databases, primary and secondary research, and in-house analysis conducted by GBI Research’s team of industry experts.
Black hole study will add to nanotechnology knowledge base
Space Technology : 04 October, 2012
Heriot-Watt University (Edinburgh) scientists have been awarded EUR3 million (£2.35 million) to investigate new areas of quantum physics, looking at how energy and matter interact in a bid to revolutionise information and communication.
Nanotechnology health and safety guidance aims to be consistent with global position
Professional Society : 21 September, 2012
The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) co-commissioned the UK NanoSafety Partnership Group to produce the first-ever health and safety guidance for working with nanomaterials in research and development.
M-era.Net announces €30m investment for projects in materials science and engineering
Research Funding : 21 September, 2012
M-era.Net, a European network of public funding organisations and funding programmes in materials science and engineering, is pleased to announce the first joint call for transnational projects. The call opened on 20 September 2012 and will invest an estimated total of €30m.
Electrochromic glazing for glass windows could save 23% on daily lighting usage
University : 20 September, 2012
An advanced electronic glazing system that darkens windows at the touch of a button and has the potential to revolutionise building façade design is being tested in offices at De Montfort University (DMU).
Female metallurgist from University of Leicester tkaes up Presidency of Engineering Professors
Professional Society : 12 April, 2011
Professor Helen Atkinson FREng, Head of the Mechanics of Materials Group in the Department of Engineering at the University of Leicester, will be the first ever woman to become President of the Engineering Professors
Low Carbon Vehicle Technology Research and Development.: UK Premiere of TATA PIXEL Concept Car
Contract Research Organisation : 10 April, 2011
On 28 March 2011, the University of Warwick
Golden window electrodes for organic solar cells
Contract Research Organisation : 07 April, 2011
Researchers at the University of Warwick have developed a gold plated window as the transparent electrode for organic solar cells. This innovation is set to be exploited by Molecular Solar Ltd, a Warwick spinout company dedicated to commercialising the discoveries of its academic founders in the area of organic solar cells.
Touch-controlled microscope from giant display
Contract Research Organisation : 07 April, 2011
Researchers at the Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM) have in collaboration with the Finnish company Multitouch Ltd created a hand and finger gesture controlled microscope. The method is a combination of two technologies: web-based virtual microscopy and a giant-size multitouch display.
Contract Research Organisation : 04 April, 2011
The Research Council of Norway
Power cables light the future path of superconductivity
Professional Society : 04 April, 2011
One hundred years ago in April 2011, superconductivity was discovered in the lab of Dutch physicist Heike Kamerlingh Onnes. Since then many more materials have shown to be superconducting, providing new applications and creating a new realm of physics.
The cracks are beginning to show - a profile of Bill Clegg
Contract Research Organisation : 03 April, 2011
Bill Clegg was promoted to a Professorship of Materials Science in October but what steps led to this achievement?
AMRC Sheffield develops industrial research links with Mexico
University : 01 April, 2011
The University of Sheffield has signed an agreement with Mexico
Metallurgy undergraduates on the rise again
University : 27 March, 2011
From the mid-1980s, the number of undergraduates taking courses in the Department fell away, as it did in Materials Departments around the UK and North America. Happily in the last few years our numbers have been recovering steadily with increases in the firstyear course feeding through into later years.
Splat process - interaction of free falling copper droplets with heated substrates
University : 23 March, 2011
Researchers have been investigating the processes involved when coatings are applied to materials since the physical mechanisms underlying interactions between surfaces and the coatings sprayed onto them are poorly understood.
Titan transmission electron microscopes unveiled in Cambridge is most powerful in UK
University : 20 March, 2011
On Friday 10 September David Willetts, the Minister for Universities and Science, devoted part of a visit to this University to unveil the latest addition to the Department
Sereno, team discover prehistoric giant Sarcosuchus imperator in African desert
University : 13 August, 2007
Paleontologist Paul Sereno has uncovered the remains of a giant prehistoric crocodile from the African Sahara that dwarfs its modern counterparts. The animal, called Sarcosuchus imperator (
Gesturing aids thinking, memory
University : 13 August, 2007
Susan Goldin-Meadow and her colleagues have discovered that gesturing while speaking aids a speaker
Study conducted in Chicago neighborhoods calls
University : 13 August, 2007
A major study by University researchers who videotaped street activity on thousands of blocks throughout Chicago shows there is a much smaller connection than commonly believed between a neighborhood
Brain activity is influenced by chemosignals, University researchers find
University : 12 August, 2007
University researchers have found for the first time that airborne
Prenatal exposure to methamphetamine increases risk to males who use drug in teen or adult years
University : 12 August, 2007
Exposure before birth to methamphetamine, the world
Herbal supplements may cause risks for patients anticipating surgeries
University : 12 August, 2007
A new study by researchers in the University Medical Center gives patients and physicians specific recommendations for discontinuing the use of herbal medications prior to surgery. In the Journal of the American Medical Association, the three physicians assess the interactions between herbs, anesthesia and surgery and suggest ways to reduce the associated risks.
University astronomers learn more about possible dangers of solar flares during solar maximum
University : 12 August, 2007
Once every 11 years, the sun
Molecular mechanism is key in brain development
University : 12 August, 2007
Elizabeth Grove, Assistant Professor in Neurobiology, Pharmacology & Physiology, and Tomomi Fukuchi-Shimogori, a postdoctoral fellow, have discovered a molecular mechanism associated with brain development.
Researchers discover mutations that increase risk of Crohn
University : 11 August, 2007
A team of researchers at the University, the University of Michigan and others has identified the first genetic abnormality that increases susceptibility to Crohn
Researchers find cause for neonatal diabetes
University : 11 August, 2007
In a report in The New England Journal of Medicine, an international team of researchers from Chicago, the University of Bergen, Norway, and the San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Italy, describes two cases of neonatal diabetes resulting from a complete deficiency of glucokinase, an enzyme that plays a crucial role in the regulation of blood-sugar levels.
Astronomers find clues to heavy elements in universe
University : 11 August, 2007
This image of a portion of the Small Magellanic Cloud was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. Welty and his colleagues used the HST imaging spectrograph to probe the space between the stars of the Small Magellanic Cloud.
DASI data support inflation theory
University : 10 August, 2007
The leading theory regarding the origin of the universe has just passed another major test, one posed by University astronomers and their colleagues working at a National Science Foundation observatory at the South Pole.
Physics of fluids shows promise for coating of transplanted cells
University : 10 August, 2007
Sidney Nagel, the Stein-Freiler Distinguished Service Professor in Physics, and Milan Mrksich, Associate Professor in Chemistry, have completed the first major step in developing a coating to protect islets from the immune system. They have developed one of the world
Professor finds that nonhuman primates have evolutionary reason to bond with their offspring
University : 10 August, 2007
Dario Maestripieri, Assistant Professor in the Committee on Human Development and the Committee on Evolutionary Biology, has studied the behaviors of nonhuman primates in his research. His most recent study found that these primates bond with their offspring and demonstrate a strong motivation to look after their young.
Researchers find cause of common genetic disorder
University : 09 August, 2007
Researchers from the University, Columbia University and Baylor University have separately identified genetic abnormalities in mice that are responsible for the multiple malformations associated with a human disorder called DiGeorge syndrome, which is the second most common genetic cause of heart defects.
Research shows students who begin school in small classes have an edge
University : 09 August, 2007
Students beginning school in small classes continue to benefit many years later and outscore other students in high school mathematics, according to new research co-authored by scholars at the University.
Mathematicians view unstable activity in brain to better understand circuitry of visual cortex
University : 09 August, 2007
Scientists are deducing the internal circuitry of the visual brain by mathematically reproducing the geometric hallucinations people see when they ingest mind-altering drugs, view bright, flickering lights or encounter near-death experiences.
Environment influences children
University : 08 August, 2007
University researchers show in a study, that the language environment children experience greatly influences their individual differences in syntax acquisition. This finding challenges a long-standing contention that syntax, the organization of words into sentences, develops uniformly and naturally because of inborn characteristics.
Hospitalists, a new medical specialty, reduce mortality, cut costs, study shows
University : 08 August, 2007
Physicians who concentrate on hospital care produce better results than the general internists who have traditionally managed hospital stays, a study by University researchers showed.
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