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New EUR 6 billion nanoelectronics R&D programme

MEDEA+, a European-wide collaborative research programme centred on microelectronics and part of the EUREKA project, has announced that CATRENE (Cluster for Application and Technology Research in Europe) is to be the follow-on programme designed to take electronics into the nanoscale era.

Posted: Nov 11th, 2007

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Nanotechnology focuses on new applications

Scientific advances today are accomplished at the intersections of various fields, according to Frans Johansson's brilliant book, 'The Medici Effect.' Breakthroughs come when disparate disciplines collide in new ways. This innovation is readily seen in nanotechnology, or the creation and use of materials - even machines - at the atomic or molecular scale.

Posted: Nov 9th, 2007

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MIT's 'electronic nose' could detect hazards

A tiny 'electronic nose' that MIT researchers have engineered with a novel inkjet printing method could be used to detect hazards including carbon monoxide, harmful industrial solvents and explosives.

Posted: Nov 9th, 2007

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New technology illuminates protein interactions in living cells

While fluorescence has long been used to tag biological molecules, a new technology developed at Yale allows researchers to use tiny fluorescent probes to rapidly detect and identify protein interactions within living cells while avoiding the biological disruption of existing methods.

Posted: Nov 9th, 2007

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Carbon nanotubes could go antiballistic

CSIRO has been granted $2 million under the Defence Capability and Technology Demonstrator Program to demonstrate the capabilities of carbon nanotubes as strong, lightweight antiballistic materials.

Posted: Nov 9th, 2007

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Nanotechnology at war

Mike Treder from the Center for Responsible Nanotechnology (CRN) has reviewed Jürgen Altmann's book, Military Nanotechnology: New Technology and arms Control in the current issue of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

Posted: Nov 9th, 2007

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Developing kryptonite for superbug

University of Idaho scientists' nanoelectronics, nanomaterials, and Staphylococcus aureus research efforts generate new MRSA detection and treatment strategies.

Posted: Nov 8th, 2007

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Soybeans strike nanogold

A simple mix of soybeans, water and gold salts may hold the secret to producing gold nanoparticles without harming the environment, according to one team of US researchers.

Posted: Nov 8th, 2007

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The tiniest refrigerator in the world

A Finnish group of researchers at the Low Temperature Laboratory of Helsinki University of Technology (TKK) have developed and fabricated a nanoscale heat transistor, and simultaneously the smallest refrigerator ever made.

Posted: Nov 8th, 2007

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Nanoparticle images and treats cancer, reports on drug delivery

Using a quantum dot plus an aptamer that doubles as a tether for the anticancer drug doxorubicin, a team of investigators at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)-Harvard Center of Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence has developed a multifunctional nanoparticle that not only treats cancer but also images those tumors that have received drug therapy.

Posted: Nov 8th, 2007

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