Next-gen batteries possible with new engineering approach
Researchers devise encryption key approach that cannot be cloned, reverse-engineered.
By A'ndrea Elyse Messer
By Walt Mills
ZIF glasses, a new family of glass, could combine the transparency of silicate glass with the nonbrittle quality of metallic glass, according to researchers at Penn State and Cambridge University, UK.
“We are sure of the transparency,” said John Mauro, professor of materials science and engineering, Penn State. “We’ll have to wait until larger samples can be made to know if it has the amazing ductility of metallic glass, but it looks promising.”
Topological control of electrons means future electronic roadways are now possible.
By Walt Mills
Researchers are subject to all the virtues and vices of being human. Some remain kind and generous even under tremendous pressure, while others become cold, imperious, and contemptuous. In this short talk, I will consider whether there are things we can do to help researchers retain their humility and emotional balance. I also will explore what happens when researchers lose that balance. All of us have moments of anger and resentment, but it is incumbent upon people who purport to be teachers, mentors, and thought leaders to remain people of character, always.
“Outsmarting Cancer Cells” – Part II in the Art of Convergence at the NIH series
As the world has quickly evolved to embrace leading-edge technologies to improve mankind, how is cancer still a threat to human health? I’ll discuss our recent efforts to see the molecular culprits of human cancer cells with a new set of eyes. We use high-resolution cryo-EM to see native cancer proteins in a manner that allows us to image molecular defects. We expect molecular management plans based on these findings to enable next generation cancer-fighting therapies.
Penn State’s investment in its interdisciplinary research institutes, including the Materials Research Institute (MRI), has created a culture of strong collaborations across disciplines. At Penn State, many researchers have the support of both their academic departments and the university-wide institutes, such as MRI. By encouraging crosscutting research, MRI and its sister institutes open up traditional silos of knowledge to the stimulus of other viewpoints and new ideas. This mingling of disciplines, often called “convergence,” brings together the physical and life sciences with engineering and computation to solve the most complex problems facing society today and in the future.
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In the latest issue of Focus on Materials, the boundaries between materials science, engineering, and the life sciences are blurring. We offer a glimpse into the fascinating world of “convergence,” where the future of healthcare lies.
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