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Breakthroughs in nanotechnology on edge of 'knowledge frontier'

University of Missouri scientist Kattesh Katti recently discovered how to make gold nanoparticles using gold salts, soybeans and water. Katti's research has garnered attention worldwide and the environmentally-friendly discovery could have major applications in several disciplines.

Posted: Feb 28th, 2008

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Single particles of light are now for sale

The world's first commercial source of individual photons (particles of light) using diamond based quantum technology has been developed by Quantum Communications Victoria (QCV) within the School of Physics at The University of Melbourne, Australia.

Posted: Feb 28th, 2008

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New method for creating tough metallic glass composites

Scientists at the California Institute of Technology have developed a new strategy for creating 'liquid metal' that makes it able to bend significantly without breaking, while retaining a strength twice that of titanium. It is among the toughest, or least brittle, known materials, and could be used anywhere that strong metal alloys are traditionally found, but may prove most useful in the aerospace industry, where lower density means fuel savings.

Posted: Feb 28th, 2008

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Nanotechnology: An insurer's perspective

February's Feature Article over at the Safenano website comes from David Baxter, Lead Researcher on Emerging Risks for Lloyd's of London. In this article, David introduces the concept of insuring new technologies, and discusses the issues presented to the insurance industry by nanotechnology.

Posted: Feb 28th, 2008

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Nanotechnology at the OECD

The OECD has prepared an overview of its work on nanotechnologies for Forum VI of the Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety (IFCS). This event will be held in Dakar, Senegal, September 15-19, 2008.

Posted: Feb 28th, 2008

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Magnetic atoms of gold, silver and copper have been obtained

An international team led by Physics and Chemistry teams from the Faculty of Science and Technology at the University of the Basque Country has achieved, by means of a controlled chemical process, that atoms of gold, silver and copper - intrinsically non-magnetic - become magnetic.

Posted: Feb 28th, 2008

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Finland is preparing for cleantech era

Energy & Enviro Finland describes some examples of Finnish research efforts and success stories on clean energy and environmental technology development. Many of the projects are creating know-how and technologies which can be utilized in combating climate change - globally.

Posted: Feb 28th, 2008

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Electronic structure of DNA revealed for first time

Utilizing a technique that combines low temperature measurements and theoretical calculations, Hebrew University of Jerusalem scientists and others have revealed for the first time the electronic structure of single DNA molecules.

Posted: Feb 28th, 2008

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Designer genes

With the growth of the field of synthetic biology in recent years, so too have the numbers of UW-Madison scientists devoted to this area of research. UW-Madison professors in genetics, biochemistry, electrical engineering, chemical engineering and chemistry all dabble in synthetic biology.

Posted: Feb 28th, 2008

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IIT hosts pioneers in nanotechnology

Members of the Chicago Section of the American Chemical Society met jointly with IIT students and faculty for an enlightening experience in the world of chemistry. The featured speaker was Dr. Fraser Stoddart, who has earned great prestige for his contributions to nanotechnology. This joint meeting was the first of three to be hosted at IIT and part of our chemistry department’s Kilpatrick Lecture series.

Posted: Feb 27th, 2008

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New vision for nanotechnology in Victoria

A new framework for the development of Victoria's nanotechnology sector was released today by the Innovation Minister Gavin Jennings. Speaking at the opening of the 2008 International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in Melbourne, Mr Jennings said nanotechnology would be a key transforming factor for industry and society in this century.

Posted: Feb 27th, 2008

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