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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Robert Richardson, 1937-2013February, 2013 Nobel laureate Robert C. Richardson, an experimental low-temperature physicist and one of Cornell’s most influential administrators, died Feb. 19 at a nursing home in Ithaca, N.Y.  Richardson served as Cornell’s first vice provost for research from 1998 to 2007 and also served as director of the Kavli Institute at Cornell for Nanoscale Science and of the Laboratory of Atomic and Solid State Physics. Read more about his amazing contributions to science and to Cornell in the Cornell Chronicle.

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February 2013: Scientists studying high-temperature superconductivity know that the introduction of dopant atoms leads to the development of superconductive behavior.  However there is a lack of experimental work showing what these dopants do to the atomic-scale electronic structure of superconductive materials.  Professor of physics and KIC member J.C. Séamus Davis has now imaged the effects of these impurity atoms.  His work is published in the February 17 edition of Nature Physics.

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A rendering of the infinite layer cuprate superconductor structure. White is oxygen, red is copper and blue is strontium or lanthanum.January, 2013: Materials scientists at Cornell, including KIC member Kyle Shen, are one step closer to high-temperature superconductors. Read more about Shen’s work in the Cornell Chronicle, and read the paper highlighting this research in Physical Review Letters.

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A schematic of two optically coupled, micromechanical oscillators. Each consists of silicon nitride membranes set to a "flapping" oscillation by the force of light. This light force couples the mechanical motion of the oscillators by tunneling through the small gap between them, which eventually leads to their synchronization.December, 2012: Cornell researchers, including KIC members Paul McEuen and Michal Lipson, have now demonstrated synchronization at the nanoscale, using nothing but light. This research was published on December 5 in Physical Review Letters. Read the full Cornell Chronicle article here.

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December, 2012: Advances in detector technology, in concert with new synchrotron sources, x-ray optics, and computational methods, are opening new ways to probe the structure and dynamics of matter.  Read the full article by KIC member Sol Gruner in Physics Today.

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December 3, 2012: A research team supported by the Kavli Institute at Cornell for Nanoscale Science (KIC) has shed light on the topic of electron cooling through the first known direct measurements of hot electrons cooling in graphene. The team, which published its finding online Dec. 2 in the journal Nature Physics, includes lead researcher and KIC Director, Paul McEuen; first author and KIC Postdoc Fellow, Matt Graham; and co-authors Jiwoong Park and Dan Ralph, both KIC members. Read the full story here.

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November, 2012: KIC member David Erickson, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, and Largus Angenent, associate professor of biological and environmental engineering, have teamed up to design and build a completely new type of bioreactor that efficiently delivers light and collects fuel produced by algae inside the reactors.  Cornell Chronicle, Nov. 29, 2012

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Electron microscope image of a platinum-cobalt alloy nanoparticle, showing the arrangement of the metal atoms into an ordered lattice. A smaller particle overlaps the large one at the bottom. Yellow arrows indicate the three layers of platinum atoms on the surface.October, 2012: KIC Member David Muller‘s research produces ‘ordered’ fuel cell catalysts with increased efficiency and durability.  The research team has published a paper describing this work in the Oct. 28 issue of the journal Nature Materials.  Read the Cornell Chronicle article highlighting this research here.

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October, 2012: Kavli Institute at Cornell Members Kyle Shen, Darrell Schlom and David Muller‘s paper, “Quantum Many-Body Interactions in Digital Oxide Supperlattices,” featured as cover story for October Issue of Nature   Materials. http://www.nature.com/nmat/journal/v11/n10/covers/index.html


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September, 2012: By combining oxide molecular beam expitaxy and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy, Kavli Institute at Cornell members Kyle Shen, Darrell Schlom, and David Muller have gained the first insights into quantum interactions in transition metal oxide superlattices.  Cornell Chronicle, Sept. 4, 2012.

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August 2012: Integrated circuits, which are in everything from coffeemakers to computers and are patterned from perfectly crystalline silicon, are quite thin- but Cornell researchers and Kavli Institute at Cornell members Jiwoong Park and David Muller think they can push thin-film boundaries to the single-atom level.  Cornell Chronicle, Aug. 29, 2012.

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May 31, 2012: Jiwoong Park, Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology and Kavli Institute at Cornell member, finds that the “stitching” between individual crystals of graphene affects how well these carbon monolayers conduct electricity and retain their strength.  Click here for the full Cornell Chronicle article.

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May 30, 2012: High-temperature superconductivity starts with nanoscale electronic oases.  J.C. Séamus Davis, the J.G. White Distinguished Professor in the Physical Sciences, and Kavli Institute at Cornell Member, has for the first time observed how a high-temperature superconductor evolves as its chemical composition is modified. The research was reported May 20 in the online edition of the journal Nature Physics.  Cornell Chronicle, May 30, 2012.

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KIC Instrumentation Projects- Project Call. KIC instrumentation projects support the purchase, development, and use of novel scientific tools and approaches for probing the nanoscale. High-risk, high-reward projects are strongly encouraged.

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