Another Stunning Graphene Experimental Surprise

Graphene, the extraordinary form of carbon that consists of a single layer of carbon atoms, has produced another in a long list of experimental surprises. In the current issue of the journal Science, a multi-institutional team of researchers headed by Michael Crommie, a faculty senior scientist in the Materials Sciences Division at the U.S. Department […]

OECD on Risks and Benefits of Nanomaterials

Innovation can bring benefits, but possible risks too. The emergence of nanotechnology, which manipulates barely visible materials for industrial purposes, is a case in point, and policymakers are taking a close look. All kinds of nanomaterials are now found in common household items, from sports gear and sunscreens to socks and dresses, from beds and […]

World University News Special Report: Research and the World Cup

‘Hundreds of thousands of football fans from around the world descended on South Africa last week to watch the 2010 FIFA World Cup which kicked off on Friday. The mega-event has gripped the imagination of the nation, including its students, academics and universities. The World Cup has generated reams of research into the event and […]

Archaeopteryx: The Dinobird

X-Rays Reveal Chemical Link Between Birds and Dinosaurs. Researchers have found that a 150 million year old “dinobird” fossil, long thought to contain nothing but fossilized bone and rock, has been hiding remnants of the animal’s original chemistry. Using the bright X-ray beam of the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource, located at the Department of Energy’s […]