The world's smallest trumpeter

Imagine how passionately this 0.00007 metre short musician blows his instrument toward the sky at dawn to make a sound with his tiny lungs (Picture #1). His full height is about the diameter of a thick human hair; the diameter of the trumpet tube is around about 0.0000001 metre (100 nanometres) and its length about 0.00001 metre (10 micrometres). This contender for the world's smallest standing statue of a musician has been fabricated as a part of a Nanotechnology MSc student project at the London Centre for Nanotechnology (LCN).

£5million for nanotechnology healthcare research

UCL has won four grants worth a total of just over £5million from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to support research into large-scale integrated projects that exploit nanotechnology for healthcare purposes.
The projects will focus on using nanotechnologies –systems that function at the level of molecules – to advance knowledge and treatment of cancer, dementia and HIV.

A step forward to predicting rare events

 This week Nature Physics (03 May 2009) reveals how a scientist from the London Centre for Nanotechnology at UCL (University College London) has found a simple way of predicting the chance that a larger than normal event will happen. This will help us to understand the changes of river levels, and have application in the engineering of sustainable energy sources such as fusion reactors.

The Future of Fusion: are diamonds forever?

Increasingly, we live in a time that is obsessively motivated towards alternative energies, as global warming and its effects begin to dominate the world’s collective consciousness. Favour is irreversibly shifting away from ‘traditional’ fossil fuels as it becomes clear that the future of energy production must tick all the boxes; abundant, financially viable and, above all, green.

UCL forges new research links with China in nanospintronics

The London Centre for Nanotechnology – a joint venture between UCL and Imperial College London – is taking a strategic lead in the emerging field of nanospintronics, by initiating collaborative projects with research groups at China’s top two universities, Peking University and Tsinghua University. The projects aim to develop radically new approaches to miniaturization of computer systems, based on the exploitation of special magnetic “spin” properties of individual molecules and single atoms.


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