The brain mechanisms of basic emotions such as anger and happiness are fairly similar across people. Differences are greater in social emotions, such as gratitude and contempt. According to a new doctoral dissertation at Aalto University, an emotional state affects the operation of the entire brain instead of individual emotions being localised only in specific regions in the brain.
The work at the Cern research centre in Switzerland became widely known when the 2013 Nobel-prize-winning discovery of the Higgs boson completed the standard model of particle physics. What Pekkanen and thousands of other physicists at Cern do now, is explore phenomena that fall beyond the current understanding of the sub-atomic world.
Aalto University researchers have developed a measurement technique called Scanning Droplet Adhesion Microscopy (SDAM) to understand and characterize the wetting properties of superhydrophobic materials. Their microscope is 1,000 times more precise than current techniques, allowing the creation of wetting maps as a new concept for hydrophobic surface characterization.
The working group headed by Aalto University Docent Mikko Möttönen received a total of EUR 950,000 in funding from the Technology Industries of Finland Centennial Foundation and Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation. The working group applied for funding through Future Makers, a joint funding programme administered by the two foundations to find bold, new research ideas.
An international research team at the University of Aalto has developed inks made of graphene-like materials for inkjet printing. This enabled the production of new functional photonic and optoelectronic devices by inkjet printing with excellent print quality and uniformity — just like the printing of intricate graphics or photographs on paper.
Scientist at the Aalto University and their colleagues at Utrecht University and TU Delft in the Netherlands discovered that essential electronic components, such as diodes and tunnel barriers, can be incorporated in single graphene wires (nanoribbons) with atomic precision.
Can a climate killer gas become a valuable resource? Recent projects are encouraging: At Aalto University in Finland, scientist managed to utilize CO2 to produce a mineral precursor for plastics and paint production.