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University of Washington buys multimillion-dollar tool for nanotechnology research

The University of Washington will acquire an electron beam lithography machine, a key instrument required to build devices at the nanometer scale. A $1.3 million gift from the Washington Research Foundation provides about half the cost of the $2.5 million electron beam lithography machine, which will be the only one of its kind in the Northwest.

Posted: Aug 28th, 2008

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Nanoparticles stick a perfect landing

A silicon nanoparticle flying at 8 times the speed of sound can slam into a surface and stick, but it bounces off if colliding at half that speed. This puzzling observation is now explained by computer simulations.

Posted: Aug 27th, 2008

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Photonic crystal drug detective

A new high-throughput screening system based on photonic crystals could quickly and cheaply detect molecules that disrupt binding between proteins and DNA, offering a new way to look for novel classes of drugs, say scientists in the U.S.

Posted: Aug 26th, 2008

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Rare earth elements as tags for living cell protein microscopy

While sophisticated microscopes allow scientists to take pictures of a single molecule, capturing images of single molecules in a living cell has been particularly challenging. Lawrence Miller, assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Illinois at Chicago, hopes to meet that challenge with the help of a four-year, $1.16 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

Posted: Aug 26th, 2008

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