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Forum to promote creating jobs through nanotechnology innovation

Building on the success of the past two years, the N.C. Office of Science and Technology will host the 2011 N.C. Nanotechnology Commercialization Conference at the UNC Charlotte Barnhardt Student Center on March 29-30. The third annual conference brings together entrepreneurs, business leaders, researchers, and investors to accelerate the commercialization of nanotechnology and drive economic development.

Posted: Mar 23rd, 2011

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Sticking power: new adhesive earns patent, could find place in space

A recently patented adhesive made by Kansas State University researchers could become a staple in every astronaut's toolbox. The patent, "pH dependent adhesive peptides", covers an adhesive made from peptides -- a compound containing two or more amino acids that link together -- that increases in strength as moisture is removed.

Posted: Mar 23rd, 2011

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Genes mimic Facebook workings

Scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and the German Cancer Research Centre (DKFZ) in Heidelberg in Germany have developed a method to uncover the combined effects of genes. The method should help scientists understand how different genes can amplify, cancel out or mask the effects of each other.

Posted: Mar 23rd, 2011

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Nanomodified surfaces seal leg implants against infection

Researchers at Brown may have come across the right formula to deter bacterial migrants. The group reports two ways in which it modified the surface of titanium leg implants to promote skin cell growth, thereby creating a natural skin layer and sealing the gap where the device has been implanted into the body. The researchers also created a molecular chain to sprinkle skin-growing proteins on the implant to hasten skin growth.

Posted: Mar 22nd, 2011

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Cheap catalyst made easy with carbon nanotubes

Catalysts made of carbon nanotubes dipped in a polymer solution equal the energy output and otherwise outperform platinum catalysts in fuel cells, a team of Case Western Reserve University engineers has found.

Posted: Mar 22nd, 2011

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High efficiency infrared photodetectors using gold nanorods

Toyohashi Tech researchers develop an innovative infrared photodetector exploiting 'plasmon resonance' at the surface of gold nanorods, which enhances the density of photoelectrons excited over the Schottky barrier. This technology shows potential as the basis for the development of high efficiency infra-red photodetectors for optical communications systems.

Posted: Mar 22nd, 2011

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Nanocoating medical tubes prevents the risk of thrombosis

Small artificial tubes in the veins, so-called stents, dilate the veins and allow the blood to circulate again without hindrance. But after a while, the deposit of cells and blood components starts at these tubes, as well, and thus the blood vessel narrows again. In an international joint project, scientists are now investigating the feasibility, how to change the surface of these tubes so that no unwanted components may no longer be deposited there.

Posted: Mar 22nd, 2011

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