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From zero to hero: the renaissance of nanotechnology

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu has published its 2008 Technology Predictions. The study examines 10 emerging trends sure to have a major influence on the technology sector. The report from the DTT Technology, Media & Telecommunications industry group on how to take advantage of these emerging trends. One of the ten trends deals with nanotechnology.

Posted: Jan 24th, 2008

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Wisconsin State of the State: Doyle touts high-tech proposals

In a speech partly designed to prepare Wisconsin residents for the probability of tough economic times ahead, and partly to recommend ways to grow out of them, Gov. Jim Doyle reaffirmed some of his previously announced plans for capital formation in his annual State of the State address, and went a few steps further to simulate economic development amid fears of a national economic slowdown or a recession.

Posted: Jan 23rd, 2008

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FDA beginning to address nanotechnology regulatory concerns

Hundreds of nanotechnology products, including foods, medicines and medical devices, now have reached the market, and their number will grow exponentially in the years ahead. But the main regulating body, the Food and Drug Administration, is just beginning to address the unique issues presented by this groundbreaking technology, according to an Insighter article in FDLI.

Posted: Jan 23rd, 2008

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New use found for DNA as an artificial nose, and more

In a new study published this week in the open-access journal PLoS Biology, researchers demonstrate a previously unreported property of deoxyribonucleic acid. They show that single-stranded DNA molecules tagged with a fluorescent reporter and dried onto solid surfaces can respond to vapor phase odor pulses in a sequence-selective manner.

Posted: Jan 23rd, 2008

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UC Santa Barbara to Host 3rd Annual Global Energy Summit

The University of California Santa Barbara's Technology Management Program will assemble entrepreneurs, investors, technologists and senior policy makers from China, British Columbia and California at the Emerging Energy Technologies Summit on the UCSB campus, Corwin Pavilion, February 8th and 9th.

Posted: Jan 22nd, 2008

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Most powerful microscope in the world meets 0.5 Angstrom milestone

Performance tests on the TEAM 0.5 microscope have demonstrated 0.5Å information transfer in both broad beam (TEM) and scanning probe (STEM) operating modes. After extensive further testing and tuning, the instrument will become available as a user facility in the fall of 2008.

Posted: Jan 22nd, 2008

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DNA nanowires

Fastening azide-functionalised gold nanoparticles onto modified DNA holds great promise for nanoscale electrical circuits, say German researchers.

Posted: Jan 22nd, 2008

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China's 10 most significant S&T developments in 2007

Under the auspices of the Academic Divisions of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), and Science Times, a selection of China's 10 most significant developments in science and technology in 2007 was recently made in Beijing.

Posted: Jan 22nd, 2008

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European call for collaborative proposals in nanoscience

The present call is limited to ground-breaking research projects that address the issue of interfacing functional nano-objects or nano-materials. It covers primarily the controlled formation of contacts and the study of coupling or communication/exchange mechanisms between nano-objects. The emphasis is on interfacing rather than on interfaces.

Posted: Jan 22nd, 2008

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