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More than 200 public events planned for this year's Nano Days

From Puerto Rico to Montana, museums, universities and research centers are gearing up for one of the largest outreach efforts ever attempted for educating the public about science and engineering at the nanoscale, a barely conceivable environment where one can manipulate objects as small as a single atom.

Posted: Mar 25th, 2009

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St. Louis Institute of Nanomedicine Working Group established

Funding from the Missouri Life Sciences Research Fund, part of the 1998 state tobacco settlement, will establish the St. Louis Institute of Nanomedicine Working Group, a collaborative regional effort to apply advances in nanotechnology to the treatment of human diseases.

Posted: Mar 25th, 2009

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Thinner, less toxic, corrosion-resistant nanocoatings for metals

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory have developed a method for coating metal surfaces with an ultrathin film containing nanoparticles which renders the metal resistant to corrosion and eliminates the use of toxic chromium for this purpose.

Posted: Mar 25th, 2009

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Landmark report addresses regulatory oversight for emerging synthetic biology

The safety of early applications of synthetic biology may be adequately addressed by the existing regulatory framework for biotechnology, especially in contained laboratories and manufacturing facilities. But further advances in this emerging field are likely to create significant challenges for U.S. government oversight.

Posted: Mar 24th, 2009

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Magnetism governs properties of iron-based superconductors

Though a year has passed since the discovery of a new family of high-temperature superconductors, a viable explanation for the iron-based materials? unusual properties remains elusive. But a team of scientists working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology may be close to the answer.

Posted: Mar 24th, 2009

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