The Economist - Phase change memory chips are the great new hope to dethrone flash memory in smart phones and laptops. Last year a group led by Beckman researcher Eric Pop demonstrated how a prototype PCM memory cell could be made that was just 10 nanometers across, bridging a gap between two carbon-nanotube electrodes.
Martha Gillette led a study that included four other Beckman Institute colleagues which showed an intrinsic oscillation metabolism plays a role in the region of the brain that keeps time of the body’s cycles, or circadian rhythms. Gillette said the research breaks new ground in showing that metabolism is part of brain function.
Like a melody that keeps playing in your head even after the music stops, researchers at the Beckman Institute have shown that the beat goes on when it comes to the human visual system.
Rohith Reddy of Rohit Bhargava’s research group has been awarded the Tomas Hirschfeld Award from the Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies. Reddy is the third student from Bhargava’s Chemical Imaging and Structures Laboratory to win the prestigious award.
U of I News Bureau – Dan Morrow of the Human Perception and Performance group co-authored a study that found that older patients had more trouble comprehending important health information on websites if the site includes irrelevant material such as pictures of smiling faces.
U of I News Bureau – Beckman Institute researcher Prashant Jain is one of two University of Illinois professors chosen by Technology Review magazine as one of the world’s top innovators under the age of 35. Jain is a member of the Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials group.
American Chemical Society – Beckman Institute researcher Jonathan Sweedler talked about his work and that of others who have developed methods to analyze brain cells at the nanoscale during the National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society.
Prashant Jain from the Department of Chemistry is now a faculty member in the Beckman Institute. Jain, whose research involves molecular and nano-optics and imaging, is a member of the Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials group.
Institute of Physics – John Rogers of the 3D Micro- and Nanosystems group and his collaborators in a multi-university project reported on using semiconductor devices to mimic the properties of human fingertips. The method is a first step toward developing smart surgical gloves.