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An easy way to control electric polarization in multiferroics

A rare class of materials, known as multiferroics, holds great promise for future applications, for example as data storage devices or sensors. Researchers in Japan have now synthesized a multiferroic material in which electric polarization can be easily controlled by small magnetic fields.

Posted: Aug 22nd, 2008

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Weaponized anthrax is coated with silica nanoparticles

When bacillus anthracis spores are weaponized, the spores are coated with silica nanoparticles that look almost like lint under the microscope. The 'lint' makes the particles 'bouncier' and less likely to clump and fall to the ground.

Posted: Aug 21st, 2008

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Mapping the unique smell of skin cancer

US researchers mapping the volatile chemicals emitted from skin cancers have found that the levels of just two compounds could differentiate diseased from healthy tissue.

Posted: Aug 21st, 2008

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Neues Kompetenzzentrum Analytik, Material- und Nanotechnik

Das 'Kompetenzzentrum Analytik, Nano- und Materialtechnik' der Georg-Simon-Ohm-Hochschule Nuernberg mit einem Projektvolumen von 1,2 Millionen Euro hat fuer die Jahre 2009 bis 2014 629.000 Euro aus dem Europaeischen Fonds fuer regionale Entwicklung (EFRE) bewilligt bekommen.

Posted: Aug 21st, 2008

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Critics say Consumer Product Safety Commission not ready for nanotechnology

The inability of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to carry out its mandate with respect to simple, low-tech products such as children's jewelry and toy trains bodes poorly for its ability to oversee the safety of complex, high-tech products made using nanotechnology, according to a new report released by the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies (PEN).

Posted: Aug 21st, 2008

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Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies launches RUSNANO brand

The Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies unveils a new brand image today. The Swedish agency Differ has replaced its double-headed eagle logo, traditional for Russian state companies, with a multicolored sphere and chopped off the last syllable of its name, making it Rosnano.

Posted: Aug 20th, 2008

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