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The L'Oreal Foundation and UNESCO recognize five exceptional women scientists with the 2011 For Women in Science Awards

Each year, five outstanding women scientists - one per continent - are honoured for the contributions of their research, the strength of their commitments and their impact on society. With the Marie Curie Nobel Centenary being celebrated in 2011, this year the For Women in Science Programme has a particularly strong resonance, placing women and chemistry at the heart of science today.

Posted: Nov 15th, 2010

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Teabag filter cleans water with nanotechnology

A new water filter developed in South Africa could provide millions of people with clean drinking water. The filter, about the size and shape of a teabag, would be inexpensive, easy to distribute and simple to use.

Posted: Nov 15th, 2010

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Swiss researchers working on nanoelectronic 'racetrack' memory

Imagine a computer equipped with shock-proof memory that's 100,000 times faster and consumes less power than current hard disks. EPFL Professor Mathias Klaui is working on a new kind of 'Racetrack' memory, a high-volume, ultra-rapid non-volatile read-write magnetic memory that may soon make such a creature possible.

Posted: Nov 15th, 2010

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Europeans and biotechnologies in 2010 - Winds of change?

The European Commission has released their latest Eurobarometer survey on the Life Sciences and Biotechnology, which also specifically addresses nanotechnologies in the context of biotechnology. The report points to a new era in the relations between science and society. While entrenched views about GM food are still evident, the crisis of confidence in technology and regulation that characterised the 1990s - a result of BSE, contaminated blood and other perceived regulatory failures - is no longer the dominant perspective.

Posted: Nov 15th, 2010

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QUEST - Three years of research at the quantum limit

With its main research areas of quantum engineering and space-time research, QUEST is the only cluster of excellence for physics in the North of Germany. QUEST's recently published interim report gives an overview of current research topics and achievements so far.

Posted: Nov 15th, 2010

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AIST and CNSE plan nanotechnology research cooperation

The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) and College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) of the State University of New York signed a memorandum of understanding on September 30, 2010 on cooperative research cooperation in nanotechnology, electronics and other fields.

Posted: Nov 15th, 2010

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A new read on DNA sequencing

Stuart Lindsay, of the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University, has demonstrated a technique that may lead to rapid, low cost reading of whole genomes, through recognition of the basic chemical units - the nucleotide bases that make up the DNA double helix.

Posted: Nov 14th, 2010

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New patent describes carbon nanotube binding peptides

Peptides have been generated that have binding affinity to carbon nanostructures and particularly carbon nanotubes. Peptides of or the invention are generally about twelve amino acids in length. Methods for generating carbon nanotube binding peptides are also disclosed.

Posted: Nov 13th, 2010

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