UK Gvt: We are backing the risk takers, and are willing to take a risk ourselves -perhaps

It’s wonderful to see new funding for life sciences in the UK being announced, but the amount is tiny compared with the potential of the industry. I think its obvious to most people that life sciences and material or nanotechnologies will be vital to the 21st Century economy, and more effort on diagnostics, therapeutics and sustainable manufacturing (biorefineries, green chemistry …

What Is Hampering The Deployment Of Emerging Technologies?

An editorial in this week’s issue of Nature “A charter for geoengineering” highlights the difficulties faced in the application of emerging technologies. As we argue in ‘Using Emerging Technologies to Address Global Risks” the technology itself is the least of our worries, and the fact that a relatively simple geoengineering experiment involving spraying water from a balloon at an altitude …

Pull me in—a tractor beam in Singapore

Who hasn’t wanted a tractor beam at one time or another? The notion that beaming a ray of light at something would allow you to bring it closer is very appealing. And, if you’re willing to settle for a particle, you could have  a tractor beam in the near future according to scientists in Singapore. […]

Teaching physics visually

Art/science news  is usually about a scientist using their own art or collaborating with an artist to produce pieces that engage the public. This particular May 23, 2012 news item by Andrea Estrada on the physorg.com website offers a contrast when it highlights a teaching technique integrating visual arts with physics for physics students, Based […]

Brains in the US Congress

Tomorrow, May 24, 2012, Jean Paul Allain, associate professor of nuclear engineering at Purdue University (Illinois) will be speaking to members of the US Congress about repairing brain injuries using nanotechnology-enabled bioactive coatings for stents. From the May 21, 2012 news item on Nanowerk, “Stents coated with a bioactive coating might be inserted at the […]

Building site for molecular complexes

Often the sum is greater than its parts. Using an atomic force microscope as a “crane”, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich researchers have succeeded in bringing two biomolecules together to form an active complex – with nanometer pr…

How ion bombardment reshapes metal surfaces

To modify a metal surface at the scale of atoms and molecules — for instance to refine the wiring in computer chips or the reflective silver in optical components — manufacturers shower it with ions. While the process may seem high-tech and p…

How ion bombardment reshapes metal surfaces

Ion bombardment of metal surfaces is an important, but poorly understood, nanomanufacturing technique. New research using sophisticated supercomputer simulations has shown what goes on in trillionths of a second. The advance could lead to better ways t…