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Hybrid vehicles are only pale green

Hybrid electric vehicles that run on both conventional gasoline and stored electricity can be no more than a stop gap until more sustainable technology is developed, according to researchers in France. They suggest that the adoption of HEVs might even slow development of more sustainable fuel-cell powered electric vehicles.

Posted: Feb 7th, 2008

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Nanosafe 2008 conference announced

This conference is organised by the Integrated NANOSAFE2 project, funded by the European Commission under FP6. The conference is intended to present, on the one hand, the main results issued from the project and, on the other hand, to make known the major progress and projections in the domain of the safe production and use of nanomaterials.

Posted: Feb 7th, 2008

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Nanosieves save energy in biofuel production

A new type of membrane, developed by scientists of the University of Twente in The Netherlands, can stand high temperatures for a long period of time. This 'molecular sieve' is capable of removing water out of e.g. solvents and biofuels. It is a very energy efficient alternative to existing techniques like distillation.

Posted: Feb 7th, 2008

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Nanotechnology creates a once-a-month HIV drug

By encapsulating HIV drug molecules into tiny polymer particles that slow-release drug when they are injected, researchers are working on the next step in simplifying HIV therapy: injectable HAART you could take once a month.

Posted: Feb 6th, 2008

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U.S. Department of Energy to open 10th Small Fuel Cells Conference

The Knowledge Foundation announced today that Dr. Terry Payne, Technology Development Manager with the U.S. Department of Energy's Hydrogen, Fuel Cell & Infrastructure Technologies Program, will be the opening speaker at the 10th Small Fuel Cells conference to be held in Atlanta, GA from April 30 - May 2, 2008.

Posted: Feb 6th, 2008

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Program for FESPA's first Digital Textile Conference

FESPA has announced the conference programme for its first-ever Digital Textile Conference (March 31 to 1 April 1, 2008). Entitled Digital Printing for Commercial Success, the conference will focus on both commercial and technical topics, examining market opportunities in the sector.

Posted: Feb 6th, 2008

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The MONA Nanophotonics Technology Roadmap now available

During 2 years, the MONA ('Merging Optics and Nanotechnologies') consortium has been working through workshops, symposia and expert interviews at establishing a roadmap for photonics and nanotechnologies in Europe. Almost 300 people from industry and academia have been involved in the construction of this roadmap that gives insight into the future of materials, equipment, processes and applications. It also highlights the European position and outlook with respect to nanophotonics, and offers recommendations.

Posted: Feb 6th, 2008

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Shear ingenuity: Tweaking the conductivity of nanotube composites

New measurements by scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have uncovered an intriguing wrinkle. For a given CNT concentration, the electrical properties of the composite can be tuned from being a conductor to a non-conductor simply by changing processing conditions - basically how fast the polymer flows.

Posted: Feb 6th, 2008

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