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Quantum computers will require complex software to manage errors

Highlighting another challenge to the development of quantum computers, theorists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have shown that a type of software operation, proposed as a solution to fundamental problems with the computers? hardware, will not function as some designers had hoped.

Posted: Apr 8th, 2009

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Nanoscale changes rise to macro importance in a key electronics material

By combining the results of a number of powerful techniques for studying material structure at the nanoscale, a team of researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), working with colleagues in other federal labs and abroad, believe they have settled a long-standing debate over the source of the unique electronic properties of a material with potentially great importance for wireless communications.

Posted: Apr 8th, 2009

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Pittcon 2009 reports increased attendance

Pittcon 2009 reported today that 19,018 attendees from 90 countries participated in the annual Conference and Exposition, which was held in Chicago, Illinois, from March 8 to March 13. The scientific event was marked by a 6% increase in conferees over Pittcon 2008.

Posted: Apr 8th, 2009

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Nanoscale magnetic vortex switch leads to electric pulse

Researchers at the University of Arkansas have shown that changing the chirality, or direction of spin, of a nanoscale magnetic vortex creates an electric pulse, suggesting that such a pulse might be of use in creating computer memory and writing information.

Posted: Apr 8th, 2009

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Drug delivery via nanotubes on titanium implants

A Colorado State University mechanical engineering professor is in the first year of a new study to determine whether nanotubes on titanium implants can deliver chemotherapy drugs and antibiotics directly to skeletal implants, limiting the spread of drugs throughout the body and reducing side effects on patients.

Posted: Apr 7th, 2009

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Facing the ethical challenges of nanotechnology - Size Matters 2009

In what way will nanotechnology affect social life, the working and consumer environment, and our welfare systems? And to what extent are we prepared to accept such changes? Prominent experts will be discussing these issues at the SIZE MATTERS 2009 conference on June 17-18, 2009 from the perspective of the natural sciences, medicine, philosophy, theology and law.

Posted: Apr 7th, 2009

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