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Rochester Institute of Technology to host new Pollution Prevention Institute

Governor Eliot Spitzer today announced the selection of the Rochester Institute of Technology as the host of the Pollution Prevention Institute, a cutting-edge research and development center to design and test 'green' manufacturing methods and provide technical support to businesses for pollution reduction measures that will help make them more competitive.

Posted: Mar 3rd, 2008

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Nanomedicine system engineered to enhance therapeutic effects of injectable drugs

In an article featured on the cover of the March issue of Nature Nanotechnology, Mauro Ferrari of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston presented a proof-of-concept study on a new multistage delivery system (MDS) for imaging and therapeutic applications. This discovery could go a long way toward making injectable drugs more effective.

Posted: Mar 3rd, 2008

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Physicists discover gold can be magnetic on the nanoscale

Physicists at the Georgia Institute of Technology have made important findings regarding gold on the nanoscale. They found that applying an electrical field on a surface-supported gold nanocluster changes its structure from a three-dimensional one to a planar flat structure. In another paper, they relate their discovery that gold in this size regime can be made magnetic through oxygenation of gold nanowires.

Posted: Mar 3rd, 2008

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From opals to optical chips

Materials known as photonic crystals could form the building blocks of future optical computers and micro-scale communications devices. Scientists have developed a low-cost and versatile way to make photonic crystals, and combined them in ways that bring optical 'transistors' a step closer.

Posted: Mar 2nd, 2008

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Inspired by Etch A Sketch, team invents technique for switching electrical properties at nanoscale

A University of Pittsburgh-led research team developed a process wherein the ability to conduct electricity can be turned on and off at nanoscale dimensions. This capability holds promise for more powerful and compact information technologies including ultra-high density information storage, reconfigurable logic devices, single-electron devices, and quantum computers.

Posted: Mar 2nd, 2008

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Nanotechnology helps change color of pearl

These pearls in various colors are produced by researchers from the Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University. The researchers use nanotechnology to make pearl in other colors.

Posted: Mar 2nd, 2008

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UK panel revealed consumer understanding of nanotechnology

In November 2007, Which?, the UK consumer advocat group, commissioned a short survey among the general public which highlighted low levels of awareness for nanotechnologies and how they are being used. Following on from this, Which? undertook an additional research project with consumers - the Citizens' Panel on Nanotechnologies - which was published yesterday.

Posted: Feb 29th, 2008

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New funding charges energy research at UCL and LCN

Professors Neal Skipper and Franco Cacialli, of the London Centre for Nanotechnology (LCN) and the Department of Physics & Astronomy, University College London (UCL), have been awarded a GBP200,000 laboratory refurbishment grant to help them develop alternative fuel supplies for transport and electricity generation.

Posted: Feb 29th, 2008

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Forschungsstrategie Nanotechnologie erarbeitet

Die Bundesanstalt f. Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin (BAuA), das Bundesinstitut f. Risikobewertung (BfR) und das Umweltbundesamt (UBA) haben eine gemeinsame Forschungsstrategie 'Nanotechnologie: Gesundheits- und Umweltrisiken von Nanopartikeln' erarbeitet.

Posted: Feb 29th, 2008

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Biomagnetics developed for use in new breast cancer tests

A team from University College London has developed a new medical device which will make the early detection of breast cancer more cost effective and easier to administer. The team plans to use magnetic nanoparticles and an extremely sensitive magnetometer called the 'HistoMag' to detect cancerous cells in samples of breast tissue.

Posted: Feb 29th, 2008

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Prof posits metananocircuits as electronics' next frontier

A University of Pennsylvania professor is exploring an approach to nanotechnology that will allow circuit theory to operate in an entirely new regime - one where 'current' is no longer defined as the movement of electrons and holes, but instead as an electromagnetic wave.

Posted: Feb 29th, 2008

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