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Micro- and nanosensor smart system to wake up sleepy drivers

Greek Transport Institute IMET at the National Center for Research and Technology Development in Thessaloniki is working on a smart system that will be able to monitor alertness levels in drivers, recognize symptoms of sleepiness and give drivers a wake-up call.

Posted: Sep 14th, 2007

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'Radio wave cooling' offers new twist on laser cooling

Researchers have used radio waves to dampen the motion of a miniature mechanical oscillator containing more than a quadrillion atoms, a cooling technique that may open a new window into the quantum world using smaller and simpler equipment.

Posted: Sep 14th, 2007

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Researchers find find flaw in model describing DNA elasticity

Scientists have found a flaw in the most common model for DNA elasticity, a discovery that will improve the accuracy of single-molecule research and perhaps pave the way for DNA to become an official standard for measuring picoscale forces, a notoriously difficult challenge.

Posted: Sep 14th, 2007

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Professor compares nanomaterials to asbestos - really?

Cosmetics Design-Europe.com runs an article today saying that "Nanomaterials used in cosmetics have been compared to the invisible airborne killer, asbestos, by a high-profile chemistry professor at the BA Festival of Science in York." Kristen Kulinowski answers.

Posted: Sep 13th, 2007

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European Commission is world's largest public investor in nanotechnology

With 1.4 billion Euros ($1.8 billion) allocated to 550 projects in the field of nanosciences and nanotechnology, the EU's 6th Research Framework Programme accounts for one-third of total public funding for nanotechnology and is the world's largest single funding agency worldwide for this exciting field.

Posted: Sep 13th, 2007

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