The Hastings Center, long at the forefront of interdisciplinary research into ethical issues in emerging technology, has received a $500,000 grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for a two-year project to examine the issues surrounding new developments in synthetic biology.
Thanks to a new 'super-resolution' fluorescence microscopy technique, Harvard University researchers have succeeded in resolving the features of cells as miniscule as 20-30 nanometers, an order of magnitude smaller than conventional fluorescence light microscopy images.
It's a clear, colorless disk about 5 inches in diameter that bends and twists like a playing card, with a lattice of more than 20,000 nanotube transistors capable of high-performance electronics printed upon it using a potentially inexpensive low-temperature process.
Dr Andrew Nelson, a chemist at the University of Leeds, will lead the project which has been awarded EUR 3 million by the European Union and brings together experts from the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy and Spain to assess how nanotechnology impacts on our environment.
Melting icebergs are doing their own bit to halt the onward march of global warming. By releasing iron into the Southern Oceans, melting icebergs are fuelling the growth of plankton - which help to remove a substantial amount of CO2 from the atmosphere.
University of Pittsburgh researchers have developed the first natural, nontoxic method for biodegrading carbon nanotubes, a finding that could help diminish the environmental and health concerns that mar the otherwise bright prospects of the super-strong materials commonly used in products, from electronics to plastics.
The Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics announced the Nordita research program and symposium on 'Theoretical Assessment of the Biological Effects of Nanomaterials'. The event will take place from March 6-28, 2009, in Stockholm, Sweden.
The 2008 Foresight Institute Feynman Prizes, named in honor of pioneer physicist Richard Feynman, are given in two categories, one for experimental work and the other for theory in advances in nanotechnology.
The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN), one of the UK's primary knowledge-based networks for Micro and Nanotechnologies, has announced that their first Nano 4 Life event will take place on Wednesday 11th February hosted by The Wellcome Trust in London.
The summit is a highly efficient forum for varied stakeholders from solar, wind, biomass, IT, transport, construction, aviation, nanotechnology and biotechnology to bring together the business and science of the most important and relevant Green Energy and Clean technologies.
The technology involves a unique surface engineering process that adds micro and nano sized hair like structures to the surface which creates a ?living interface? between artificial implants and bone. The addition of a multilayer coating containing biological substances, such as growth factors and antibiotics, could improve bony integration, arterial and venous proliferation and reduce infection.
In a new tactic in the fight against cancer, Cornell researcher Michael King has developed what he calls a lethal 'lint brush' for the blood - a tiny, implantable device that captures and kills cancer cells in the bloodstream before they spread through the body.
A team of Cornell researchers has invented an efficient, inexpensive method to electrically characterize individual carbon nanotubes, even when they are of slightly different shapes and sizes and are networked together.