Week in Review: 9/20/15 – 9/26/15

September 24, 2015

Los Alamos explores hybrid ultrasmall gold nanocluster for enzymatic fuel cells
With fossil-fuel sources dwindling, better biofuel cell design is a strong candidate in the energy field. In research published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, Los Alamos researchers and external collaborators synthesized and characterized a new DNA-templated gold nanocluster (AuNC) that could resolve a critical methodological barrier for efficient biofuel cell design.
http://www.lanl.gov/discover/news-release-archive/2015/September/09.24-hybrid-ultrasmall-gold-nanocluster-enzymatic-fuel-cells.php

Computer Scientist Seeks Stronger Security Shroud for the Cloud
Dr. Zhiqiang Lin, of the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at UT Dallas, is working to advance the field of cloud computing, and in the process, has developed a technique that allows one computer in a virtual network to monitor another for invasions or viruses.
http://www.utdallas.edu/news/2015/9/24-31696_Computer-Scientist-Seeks-Stronger-Security-Shroud-_story-wide.html

4-D Technology Allows Self-folding of Complex Objects
Using components made from smart shape-memory materials with slightly different responses to heat, researchers have demonstrated a four-dimensional printing technology that allowed creation of complex self-folding structures. The technology, developed by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), could be used to create 3-D structures that sequentially fold themselves from components that had been flat or rolled into a tube for shipment. The components could respond to stimuli such as temperature, moisture or light in a way that is precisely timed to create space structures, deployable medical devices, robots, toys and range of other structures.
http://www.rh.gatech.edu/news/450111/4-d-technology-allows-self-folding-complex-objects