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New method for self-assembling molecules

Researchers at the University of Sheffield have discovered a new way of making small molecules self-assemble into complex nanopatterns, which will push the limits of what is possible in 'bottom-up' methods of nanopatterning for advanced functional materials through molecular self-assembly.

Posted: Apr 11th, 2011

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Nanotechnology researchers find replacement for rare material indium tin oxide

Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology have developed a replacement for indium tin oxide (ITO), an important material used in displays for all kinds of everyday products such as TVs, telephones and laptops, as well as in solar cells. Unfortunately indium is a rare metal, and the available supplies are expected to be virtually exhausted within as little as ten years. The replacement material is a transparent, conducting film produced in water, and based on electrically conducting carbon nanotubes and plastic nanoparticles. It is made of commonly available materials, and on top of that is also environment-friendly.

Posted: Apr 11th, 2011

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Nanotechnology keeps the shine on silver (w/video)

Using a special reactor inside a clean room, researchers apply nanometer thick films of aluminum oxide to a sample silver wafer about the size of a silver dollar. The films conform to the recesses and protrusions of the silver, creating a protective barrier.

Posted: Apr 11th, 2011

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NanoCode publishes synthesis report of stakeholder survey on EU Code of Conduct

The NanoCode Synthesis Report on its Stakeholder CoC Survey (pdf) provides the findings of the international, quantitative and qualitative NanoCode survey about the European Code of Conduct for Responsible Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies Research (EU-CoC). The results summarised in this report give insights into stakeholder's patterns of awareness, their expectations, attitudes and appraisals. The survey analyses the degree of compliance and commitment, identifies recommendations for the communication, possible incentives, disincentives and monitoring of the EU-CoC.

Posted: Apr 11th, 2011

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The magnetism - and mystery - of superconductors

Exactly 100 years ago today, physicist Kamerlingh Onnes cooled mercury to 4.2 degrees Kelvin, or -450 Fahrenheit, and discovered that it conducted an electric current perfectly - no electricity was lost as heat or friction. This phenomenon is called superconductivity.

Posted: Apr 8th, 2011

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Johns Hopkins Cancer Nanotechnology Training Center (CNTC) launched

To train new scientists and engineers to combat the spread of cancer, Johns Hopkins Institute for NanoBioTechnology (INBT) has established a pre-doctoral (PhD) training program in Nanotechnology for Cancer Medicine. Together with the institute's previously established Nanotechnology for Cancer Medicine postdoctoral fellowship, these two training programs will comprise the Johns Hopkins Cancer Nanotechnology Training Center (CNTC).

Posted: Apr 8th, 2011

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Nanotechnology for cancer medicine

Nanotechnology for Cancer Medicine forms the focus of the fifth annual symposium of Johns Hopkins Institute for NanoBioTechnology (INBT), May 12-13, 2011 at the university's Homewood campus.

Posted: Apr 8th, 2011

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Die kleinsten Hochzeitsringe der Welt

Wissenschaftlern an der Goethe-Universitaet ist es gelungen, zwei nur 18 Nanometer grosse Ringe aus DNA herzustellen und sie wie zwei Kettenglieder ineinander greifen zu lassen.

Posted: Apr 8th, 2011

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DARPA works to build electronic neural architectures that can learn, adapt, and respond

DARPA's Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic Scalable Electronics (SyNAPSE) program aims to fundamentally alter conventional designs by developing biological-scale neuromorphic electronic systems that mimic important functions of a human brain. Applications for neuromorphic electronics include robotic and manned systems, and sensory and integration applications such as image processing.

Posted: Apr 8th, 2011

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