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Call for scientific data on applications of nanotechnology and nanomaterials used in food and feed

The European Commission has requested an initial scientific opinion from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) relating to the risks arising from nanoscience and nanotechnologies on food and feed safety and the environment. The request also asks to identify the nature of the possible hazards associated with actual and foreseen applications in the food and feed area and to provide general guidance on data needed for the risk assessment of such technologies and applications.

Posted: Jan 28th, 2008

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Berkeley scientists bring MRI/NMR to microreactors

In a significant step towards improving the design of future catalysts and catalytic reactors, especially for microfluidic 'lab-on-a-chip' devices, researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California at Berkeley, have successfully applied magnetic resonance imaging to the study of gas-phase reactions on the microscale.

Posted: Jan 28th, 2008

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Tiny avalanche photodiode detects single UV photons

In a significant breakthrough, researchers at Northwestern University's Center for Quantum Devices (CQD) have demonstrated visible-blind avalanche photodiodes (APDs) capable of detecting single photons in the ultraviolet region (360-200 nm).

Posted: Jan 28th, 2008

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Rice wins innovation award for NanoJapan program

NanoJapan, a unique, Rice University-based program that combines a traditional study abroad experience in Japan with a targeted undergraduate research internship in nanotechnology, has been awarded the Institute of International Education's (IIE) prestigious Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education.

Posted: Jan 28th, 2008

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EPA takes first step In filling nanotechnology information gaps

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published today in the Federal Register its plan for the Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The plan takes a positive first step by offering industry, non-governmental organizations and other groups the opportunity to voluntarily submit safety data on engineered nanoscale materials.

Posted: Jan 28th, 2008

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Brain Drain: America needs more money for science

Increased funding, training students and teachers in science, math and related fields, and attracting high-skilled immigrants should be the key mantras for America to maintain its competitive edge in a global world, scientists and industry leaders say.

Posted: Jan 28th, 2008

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Defense department funds study of carbon nanotube-based drug

The Department of Defense has commissioned a nine-month study from Rice University chemists and scientists in the Texas Medical Center to determine whether a new drug based on carbon nanotubes can help prevent people from dying of acute radiation injury following radiation exposure. The new study was commissioned after preliminary tests found the drug was greater than 5,000 times more effective at reducing the effects of acute radiation injury than the most effective drugs currently available.

Posted: Jan 28th, 2008

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Programming biomolecular self-assembly pathways

Nature knows how to make proteins and nucleic acids (DNA and RNA) dance to assemble and sustain life. Inspired by this proof of principle, researchers at the California Institute of Technology have demonstrated that it is possible to program the pathways by which DNA strands self-assemble and disassemble, and hence to control the dynamic function of the molecules as they traverse these pathways.

Posted: Jan 26th, 2008

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Who are the rising stars in the new generation of chemists?

In Tomorrow's Chemistry Today, Bruno Pignataro has selected the rising stars of the new generation of chemists and compiled their innovative and award-winning research projects in one volume. Read Tomorrow's Chemistry Today and spot a future Nobel Prize winner or a development that may change the face of science.

Posted: Jan 25th, 2008

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