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Inventor of IBM Racetrack memory wins IUPAP Magnetism Award and Neel Medal

At the International Conference on Magnetism today in Karlsruhe, Germany, IBM Fellow Stuart Parkin received the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics Magnetism award and the Louis Neel Medal for his pioneering work and fundamental contributions to the development of spintronic nano-materials and nano-devices for magnetic sensing, memory and logic devices.

Posted: Jul 27th, 2009

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Transparent aluminium is an exotic new state of matter

Oxford scientists have created a transparent form of aluminium by bombarding the metal with the world's most powerful soft X-ray laser. 'Transparent aluminium' previously only existed in science fiction, featuring in the movie Star Trek IV, but the real material is an exotic new state of matter with implications for planetary science and nuclear fusion.

Posted: Jul 27th, 2009

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UK NanoForum and Emerging Technologies 2009

Registration is now open for the UK NanoForum and Emerging Technologies 2009 will showcase the latest technologies and commercial opportunities. The event will take place on November 3-4, 2009, at the London Hilton on Park Lane Hotel.

Posted: Jul 27th, 2009

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Nanodiamonds deliver insulin for wound healing

Using nanodiamonds, researchers have demonstrated an innovative method for delivering and releasing the curative hormone at a specific location over a period of time. The nanodiamond-insulin clusters hold promise for wound-healing applications and could be integrated into gels, ointments, bandages or suture materials.

Posted: Jul 27th, 2009

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Exploiting electricity-producing materials for powering nanotechnology devices

Driven by the vision of our society one day being basically self-propelled, a team of University of Houston scientists has set out to both amplify and provoke that potential in materials known as piezoelectrics, which naturally produce electricity when literally subjected to strain. The goal is to use piezoelectrics to create nanodevices that can power electronics, such as cell phones, MP3 players and even biomedical implants.

Posted: Jul 27th, 2009

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One nano-step closer to weighing a single atom

By studying gold nanoparticles with highly uniform sizes and shapes, scientists now understand how they lose energy, a key step towards producing nanoscale detectors for weighing any single atom.

Posted: Jul 27th, 2009

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New device makes invisibility a reality

Researchers in Spain have developed a device that makes objects invisible under a certain kind of light. Called 'dc metamaterial', the device brings the inside of the magnetic field down to zero but does not change the exterior field.

Posted: Jul 27th, 2009

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Nanoparticle scientist wins environmental award

For her work on predicting the stability of nanoparticles in air and water, CSIRO scientist Dr Amanda Barnard has been awarded one of Australia's most prestigious environmental awards - the 2009 Mercedes-Benz Australian Environmental Research Award.

Posted: Jul 27th, 2009

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45-nanometer chips for ultra-fast WiFi

Powerful new radio technologies that promise blisteringly fast WiFi have been given a boost by a team of European researchers? cutting-edge work on miniscule microchips.

Posted: Jul 27th, 2009

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