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Free electron laser hits milestone

January 20, 2011 4:45 am | News | Comments

Scientists at Los Alamos National Lab, N.M., have achieved a remarkable breakthrough with the Office of Naval Research's Free Electron Laser (FEL) program, demonstrating an injector capable of producing the electrons needed to generate megawatt-class laser beams for the Navy's next-generation weapon system.

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Finite formula found for partition numbers

January 20, 2011 4:20 am | News | Comments

For centuries, some of the greatest names in math have tried to make sense of partition numbers, the basis for adding and counting. Many mathematicians added major pieces to the puzzle, but all of them fell short of a full theory to explain partitions. Instead, their work raised more questions about this fundamental area of math. Emory Univ. mathematician Ken Ono will unveil new theories that answer these famous old questions.

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Spend or save: Activity of a single brain cell can predict which outcome

January 20, 2011 4:10 am | News | Comments

By eavesdropping on the activity of a single brain cell, Yale Univ. researchers can predict the outcome of decisions such as whether you will dip into your retirement account to buy a Porsche.

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Technique developed to fabricate complex structure that assemble themselves

January 20, 2011 3:56 am | News | Comments

Univ. of Illinois materials scientists have developed a simple, generalizable technique to fabricate complex structures that assemble themselves. Their advance utilizes a new class of self-assembling materials that they developed. The team demonstrated that they can produce a large, complex structure from tiny colloidal particles called triblock Janus spheres.

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Revolutionizing computer memory

January 20, 2011 3:43 am | News | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State Univ. have developed a new device that represents a significant advance for computer memory, making large-scale “server farms” more energy efficient and allowing computers to start more quickly.

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Secrets of mysterious metal hotspots uncovered by new single molecule imaging technique

January 20, 2011 3:32 am | News | Comments

The secrets behind the mysterious nano-sized electromagnetic “hotspots” that appear on metal surfaces under a light are finally being revealed with the help of a BEAST. Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a single molecule imaging technology, dubbed the Brownian Emitter Adsorption Super-resolution Technique (BEAST), that has made it possible for the first time to directly measure the electromagnetic field inside a...

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Putting up a fight against cancer

January 20, 2011 3:06 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

MIT scientists have discovered that cells lining the blood vessels secrete molecules that suppress tumor growth and keep cancer cells from invading other tissues, a finding that could lead to a new way to treat cancer.

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Fume hood controller

January 20, 2011 2:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Triatek introduced the HMS-1650L, a fume hood controller. The HMS-1650L displays both numerical data as well as the general fume hood status via the unit’s background color.

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Integrated HPLC injector

January 20, 2011 2:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

VICI Valco’s Cheminert C55 Series Injectors are compact assemblies designed to be built into an OEM system.

A nanoscale rope, and another step toward complex nanomaterials that assemble themselves

January 19, 2011 5:59 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

Berkeley Lab scientists have coaxed polymers to braid themselves into wispy nanoscale ropes that approach the structural complexity of biological materials. Their work is the latest development in the push to develop self-assembling nanoscale materials that mimic the intricacy and...

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IBM study: Midsize businesses invest in more analytics and cloud computing

January 19, 2011 5:50 am | News | Comments

More than half of midsize companies are planning to increase their information technology budgets over the next 12 to 18 months, according to an IBM global study of more than 2,000 midsize companies representing more than 20 countries. Two-thirds are adopting cloud technologies, and almost as many are pursuing analytics for greater insight and efficiency.

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Complex sugar may become an effective weapon against cholera

January 19, 2011 5:14 am | News | Comments

A complex sugar may someday become one of the most effective weapons to stop the spread of cholera. A technique developed by Univ. of Central Florida scientists would allow relief workers to test water sources that could be contaminated with the cholera toxin.

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Mechanical Amazonian fish could pave way for highly agile underwater robots

January 19, 2011 4:31 am | News | Comments

Researchers at Northwestern Univ. have created a robotic fish that can move from swimming forward and backward to swimming vertically almost instantaneously by using a sophisticated, ribbon-like fin.

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Nanoscale rope assembles itself

January 19, 2011 4:14 am | News | Comments

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have coaxed polymers to braid themselves into wispy nanoscale ropes that approach the structural complexity of biological materials.

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Reactor paves the way for efficiently producing fuel from sunlight

January 19, 2011 3:57 am | News | Comments

Using a common metal most famously found in self-cleaning ovens, Sossina Haile hopes to change our energy future. The metal is cerium oxide—or ceria—and it is the centerpiece of a promising new technology developed by Haile and her colleagues that concentrates solar energy and uses it to efficiently convert carbon dioxide and water into fuels.

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