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NanoDays festival celebrated at 200+ sites across the U.S. (w/video)

NanoDays is a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering and its potential impact on the future. It features exhibits and educational programs at more than 200 locations throughout the nation through April 3rd, at science museums, research centers, and universities.

Posted: Apr 2nd, 2011

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Cell surgery using nano-beams

Using a simple glass capillary, atomic physicists at RIKEN are developing an ultra-narrow ion beam that pinpoints a part of organelles in a living cell, enabling biologists to visualize how the damage affects cell activities.

Posted: Apr 2nd, 2011

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Electrons seem heavier in extremely thin silicon

Research conducted by Jan-Laurens van der Steen of the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology at University of Twente has shown that electrons in silicon which is less than ten nanometres thick take on unusual characteristics.

Posted: Apr 1st, 2011

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Feasibility studies will help stimulate development of nanotechnologies

Eight British companies are set to receive a total of nearly GBP 200,000 in government investment for feasibility studies aimed at helping to stimulate innovation with technologies that will be able to address potential environmental health and safety (EHS) aspects of the development of nanoscale technologies.

Posted: Apr 1st, 2011

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World record: Calculations with 14 quantum bits

Quantum physicists from the University of Innsbruck have set another world record: They have achieved controlled entanglement of 14 quantum bits (qubits) and, thus, realized the largest quantum register that has ever been produced. With this experiment the scientists have not only come closer to the realization of a quantum computer but they also show surprising results for the quantum mechanical phenomenon of entanglement.

Posted: Apr 1st, 2011

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Nanoparticles shorten roundworms' lives

Even though nanoparticles are increasingly entering the environment, scientists still have a lot to learn about their biological effects. Now Chinese researchers have found that exposure to cerium dioxide nanoparticles shortens the lifespan of the roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans.

Posted: Apr 1st, 2011

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Electrons set free

Free-floating electrons on top of liquid helium yield insights into their transport behavior.

Posted: Apr 1st, 2011

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New nanomaterial can detect and neutralize explosives

Scientists described development and successful initial tests of a spray-on material that both detects and renders harmless the genre of terrorist explosives responsible for government restrictions on liquids that can be carried onboard airliners.

Posted: Apr 1st, 2011

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Novel nanowires boost fuel cell efficiency

A team of engineers at the Yale School of Engineering and Applied Science has created a new fuel cell catalyst system using nanowires made of a novel material that boosts long-term performance by 2.4 times compared to today's technology.

Posted: Mar 31st, 2011

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