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From opals to optical chips

Materials known as photonic crystals could form the building blocks of future optical computers and micro-scale communications devices. Scientists have developed a low-cost and versatile way to make photonic crystals, and combined them in ways that bring optical 'transistors' a step closer.

Posted: Mar 2nd, 2008

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Inspired by Etch A Sketch, team invents technique for switching electrical properties at nanoscale

A University of Pittsburgh-led research team developed a process wherein the ability to conduct electricity can be turned on and off at nanoscale dimensions. This capability holds promise for more powerful and compact information technologies including ultra-high density information storage, reconfigurable logic devices, single-electron devices, and quantum computers.

Posted: Mar 2nd, 2008

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Nanotechnology helps change color of pearl

These pearls in various colors are produced by researchers from the Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University. The researchers use nanotechnology to make pearl in other colors.

Posted: Mar 2nd, 2008

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UK panel revealed consumer understanding of nanotechnology

In November 2007, Which?, the UK consumer advocat group, commissioned a short survey among the general public which highlighted low levels of awareness for nanotechnologies and how they are being used. Following on from this, Which? undertook an additional research project with consumers - the Citizens' Panel on Nanotechnologies - which was published yesterday.

Posted: Feb 29th, 2008

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New funding charges energy research at UCL and LCN

Professors Neal Skipper and Franco Cacialli, of the London Centre for Nanotechnology (LCN) and the Department of Physics & Astronomy, University College London (UCL), have been awarded a GBP200,000 laboratory refurbishment grant to help them develop alternative fuel supplies for transport and electricity generation.

Posted: Feb 29th, 2008

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Forschungsstrategie Nanotechnologie erarbeitet

Die Bundesanstalt f. Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin (BAuA), das Bundesinstitut f. Risikobewertung (BfR) und das Umweltbundesamt (UBA) haben eine gemeinsame Forschungsstrategie 'Nanotechnologie: Gesundheits- und Umweltrisiken von Nanopartikeln' erarbeitet.

Posted: Feb 29th, 2008

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Biomagnetics developed for use in new breast cancer tests

A team from University College London has developed a new medical device which will make the early detection of breast cancer more cost effective and easier to administer. The team plans to use magnetic nanoparticles and an extremely sensitive magnetometer called the 'HistoMag' to detect cancerous cells in samples of breast tissue.

Posted: Feb 29th, 2008

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Prof posits metananocircuits as electronics' next frontier

A University of Pennsylvania professor is exploring an approach to nanotechnology that will allow circuit theory to operate in an entirely new regime - one where 'current' is no longer defined as the movement of electrons and holes, but instead as an electromagnetic wave.

Posted: Feb 29th, 2008

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China's top 10 events in basic research in 2007

Under the joint auspices of the Ministry of Sciences & Technology (MOST) and China Association for Science & Technology, more than 1,600 Chinese scholars including CAS and CAE members, chief scientists of the National Basic Research Program (dubbed 973 Program) and directors of national key labs, have voted for China's top 10 events basic research in 2007.

Posted: Feb 29th, 2008

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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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