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Crackpot technologies that could shake up IT

Computerworld has an article that looks at eight technologies that 'straddle the divide between harebrained and brilliant - each with a promise to transform the future of the enterprise.' One of them being nanotechnology.

Posted: Feb 19th, 2008

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Birck Nanotechnology Center's Weaver to receive 2008 IEST Fellow Award

The 2008 Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST) Fellow Award will be presented to John Weaver for his 'numerous publications and significant technical contributions to the advancement of cleanroom design and construction, particularly in the emerging field of nanotechnology.'

Posted: Feb 19th, 2008

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Chemists measure copper levels in zinc oxide nanowires

Chemists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have been the first to measure significant amounts of copper incorporated into zinc oxide nanowires during fabrication. The issue is important because copper plays a significant—but not well-understood—role in important optical and electrical properties of the nanowires. Previous experiments found only trace amounts of copper.

Posted: Feb 19th, 2008

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Directed self-ordering of organic molecules for electronic devices

A simple surface treatment technique demonstrated by a collaboration between researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Penn State and the University of Kentucky potentially offers a low-cost way to mass produce large arrays of organic electronic transistors on polymer sheets for a wide range of applications including flexible displays, 'intelligent paper' and flexible sheets of biosensor arrays for field diagnostics.

Posted: Feb 19th, 2008

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The Bourne Report radio show kicks off its listener's challenge

he Bourne Report, a weekly talk radio show that focuses on nanotechnology and MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical systems), officially kicked off its Listener's Challenge this week. Listeners are being asked to pick a random item from everyday life and challenge host Marlene Bourne to find the MEMS or nanotech connection.

Posted: Feb 19th, 2008

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Lensless camera uses X-rays to view nanoscale materials and biological specimens

X-rays have been used for decades to take pictures of broken bones, but scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory and their collaborators have developed a lensless X-ray technique that can take images of ultra-small structures buried in nanoparticles and nanomaterials, and features within whole biological cells such as cellular nuclei.

Posted: Feb 19th, 2008

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Ask EPA: What's up with nanotechnology?

Tomorrow (Wednesday, February 20) at 1 p.m. EDT, James Gulliford, assistant administrator for Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances will host the online interactive forum Ask EPA and discuss the EPA's new Nancoscale Materials Stewardship Program.

Posted: Feb 19th, 2008

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University of Oregon dedicates nanoscience research center

University of Oregon students crossing a grassy oval in the Lorry I. Lokey Science Complex this spring will be surprised to learn that, under their feet, researchers are operating millions of dollars worth of delicate high-tech equipment to find answers that could help propel Oregon to the forefront of the fast-growing nanotechnology industry.

Posted: Feb 19th, 2008

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NASA MidSTAR-1 puts nanotechnology in space

Two new technologies launched onboard a U.S. Naval Academy satellite called MidSTAR-1 have proven successful in their tests in space. One technology is a sensor that can check for harmful chemicals and the other is a special 'film' that can control heat.

Posted: Feb 19th, 2008

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Astronomy technology brings nanoparticle probes into sharper focus

Georgia Tech and Emory researchers have created a technology based on stellar photometry software that provides more precise images of single molecules tagged with nanoprobes, particles specially designed to bind with a certain type of cell or molecule and illuminate when the target is found.

Posted: Feb 19th, 2008

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Federal nanotechnology risk research plan still comes up short

An improved but still flawed government-wide plan for nanotechnology risk research is the result of a broken system. Federally funded studies essential to managing possible risks from this cutting-edge technology should be guided by a top-down strategy tied to projected commercialization, expected human and environmental exposures, and the regulatory decision-making process.

Posted: Feb 19th, 2008

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