December, 2013: KIC Member and Cornell Professor of Physics Seamus Davis and Prof. Dung-Hai Lee of UC Berkeley have proposed a new theory unifying the odd behaviors of superconductors. Find out more in the Chronicle.
Read the full paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

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On November 21, 2013, science lost a great friend in Fred Kavli, an advocate, an innovator, a visionary and a champion. He was 86 years old.  Click here for the Kavli Foundation Press Release and Obituary.

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November, 2013:  President Barack Obama recently unveiled the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative: an ambitious research program that aims to map the functions of the brain with the ultimate goal to treat neurological and psychiatric diseases. Several Cornell professors played key roles in directing recommendations for this initiative, including Paul McEuen, director of the Kavli Institute of Nanoscale Science. Cornell Sun, 11/20/13

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Oct. 2013: KIC member Darrell Schlom and Co-Director David Muller have discovered the world’s best material for tunable capacitors.  The Cornell-designed and -created new type of tunable dielectric could greatly improve the performance of microwave circuit capacitors found in every cell phone and open up new possibilities for wireless communication at much higher frequencies. Read the Cornell Chronicle article here.

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Oct. 2013:  KIC Co-Director David Muller uses an electron microscope to bend, deform and melt atomically thin glass, showing the ‘dance’ of rearranging atoms in silica glass. This newest work is published Oct. 11 in the journal Science. See a video of the atoms and read the Cornell Chronicle article here.

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October 3, 2013: The Kavli Foundation has endowed a new institute at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) to explore the basic science of how to capture and channel energy on the molecular or nanoscale, with the potential for discovering new ways of generating energy for human use. Read the full press release here.

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September, 2013: At just a molecule thick, it’s a new record: The world’s thinnest sheet of glass is recorded for posterity in the Guinness Book of World Records. The “pane” of glass was identified in the lab of David Muller, Professor of Applied and Engineering Physics and Co-Director of the Kavli Institute at Cornell for Nanoscale Science. Read the full Cornell Chronicle article here.

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July, 2013: KIC members Paul McEuen, David Muller, and Jiwoong Park have imaged solitons in bilayer graphene with atomic resolution. These solitons are predicted to act as ‘electrical highways’ allowing electrons to shoot from one end of the graphene sheet to the other.  Their work, published online in the June 24 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is also featured in the Cornell Chronicle (July 11).

 

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Discover Magazine, Summer 2013 Issue: Paul McEuenJune, 2013: In the summer 2013 issue of Discover Magazine Prof. Paul McEuen, Director of LASSP and the Kavli Institute at Cornell, gives a Q&A on advances in nanotechnology.  Preview the article at discovermagazine.com

 

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May, 2013: Alan Alda and staff from the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University visited campus May 21-24 to offer science communication training to two workshop tracks for about 50 Cornell faculty members. This workshop was hosted by the Kavli Institute at Cornell for Nanoscale Science. Funding was also provided by the Kavli Foundation, the Cornell Center for Materials Research (CCMR), and the Energy Materials Center at Cornell (emc2). Cornell Chronicle May 23, 2013.

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The Kavli Institute at Cornell hosted a public talk by Alan Alda on May 22, 2013. Speaking to a sold-out auditorium in Rockefeller Hall, Alda brought his experience as an actor in the TV classic “M*A*S*H,” as a host of the PBS series “Scientific American Frontiers,” and as a founding member of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University to initiate a dialogue on communication’s vital role in science.  Cornell Chronicle, May 23, 2013.

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Researchers from the Kavli Institute at Cornell and the Energy Frontier Research Center at Columbia University have grown high-quality crystals of molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), the world’s thinnest semiconductor, and studied how these crystals stitch together at the atomic scale to form continuous sheets. The study is published in the May 5, 2013 issue of Nature Materials.  Columbia Engineering, May 2013.

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April, 2013: KIC Co-Director David Muller and Member Sol Gruner have tweaked “sol-gel” chemistry to create nanoparticles with separate compartments that could carry two or more drugs to the same location, with precise control over the amounts.  Cornell Chronicle, April 18, 2013.

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April, 2013: The Kavli Foundation applauds President Obama’s all-hands-on-deck call to unlock mysteries of the human brain. Scientists who propelled the Brain Activity Map Project, including KIC Director Paul McEuen, attend the presidential announcement in Washington.  Press Release and other material.

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February, 2013: The New York Times on Monday revealed that the Obama administration will in its next budget proposal seek to launch a major research initiative, known as the Brain Activity Map (BAM) project, that could ultimately greatly expand our understanding of the healthy and diseased human brain.

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