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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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MIT creates gecko-inspired bandage

MIT researchers and colleagues have created a waterproof adhesive bandage inspired by gecko lizards that may soon join sutures and staples as a basic operating room tool for patching up surgical wounds or internal injuries.

Posted: Feb 18th, 2008

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India's Fab City investment to top $7 billion as focus moves to solar

The Indian government has approved an additional five companies to take part in projects in Fab City, a proposed semiconductor manufacturing location near Hyderabad. This would take the total investment in Fab City to $7 billion, Minister of State for Commerce, Jairam Ramesh said on Monday (Feb. 18), speaking at the two-day India Semiconductor Association summit.

Posted: Feb 18th, 2008

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