Thought for the month

“Fame can take interesting men and thrust mediocrity upon them.” David Bowie, musician (1947 – 2016).

Monday, 1 February 2016

Atoms to products

DARPA Funds Atoms-to-Products Breakthrough - When small is too small

Friday, 29 January 2016

43 quintillion possible configurations

How to solve a Rubik’s cube in five seconds

Thursday, 28 January 2016

UK research and the EU

Royal Society report into the role that the European Union (EU) plays in UK research.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Fewer moustaches wanted

Men with moustaches outnumber women in top U.S. academic medical jobs: researchers

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Monday, 25 January 2016

Friday, 22 January 2016

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Monday, 18 January 2016

Si-Ge on chips

US engineers have fabricated a Si-Ge based electronic–photonic system on a single (3mm x 6mm) chip integrating over 70 million transistors and 850 photonic components.

Friday, 15 January 2016

Unreproducible life "science"?

It is estimated, in the United States alone, that $28 billion is spent annually on life sciences research that can’t be reproduced.

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

IBM said

IBM’s five year predictions made in 2011. Close but no banana?

Monday, 11 January 2016

Stuck for a scientific/technical definition?

For example, for sputtering rate - go to the ISO online browsing platform.

Friday, 8 January 2016

Le petit prix

2016 will see Toulouse in France host one of the more unusual international races. The track will be a (111) crystalline gold surface at 5K within a UHV scanning tunnelling microscope. The race will be the first NanoCar Race for molecule-cars. It is intended that the molecule-vehicles will have a chemical structure of about one hundred of atoms, preferably with 4 wheels, a chassis and a molecular motor. During the races the vehicles can be propelled using tunnel electrons passing through the molecule-car, also by light or by nano-magnetic effects.

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Unpronounceable-ium

Ununtrium, ununpentium et al will shortly be no more. The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry has reviewed the literature for elements 113, 115, 117, and 118 and has determined that the claims for discovery of these elements have been fulfilled. The RIKEN team in Japan having fulfilled the criteria for element Z=113 will be invited to propose a permanent name and symbol. The multiple collaborative teams across USA and Russia will similarly be invited to propose names and symbols for the elements Z= 115, 117 and 118.

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Monday, 21 December 2015

Friday, 18 December 2015

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Monday, 14 December 2015

Big computing beasties

Despite some performance related concerns, Los Alamos National Laboratory has followed Google and NASA in ordering a D-Wave 2X quantum computer.

Friday, 11 December 2015

InP lasers on Si

Imec and Ghent University have announced the fabrication of indium phosphide laser arrays monolithically integrated on 300 mm silicon substrates in a CMOS pilot line.

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Chipping away at the leader

Samsung is set to make in-roads into Intel's lead as the world's largest chip manufacturer in 2015, according to a list of chip companies ranked by forecast chip revenues from market research firm IC Insights.

Monday, 7 December 2015

Double decker

Interesting work at EMPA, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, where they have enhanced overall conversion efficiencies by stacking two different solar cells on top of each other. The upper, perovskite based, solar cell is semi-transparent with the lower cell made from copper indium gallium diselenide. The upper cell absorbs and converts the blue and yellow spectrum of visible light leaving the visible red and infrared radiation to transmit through for absorption by the lower cell.