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Conference on the state of knowledge about the health risks of nanosilver

From 8 to 9 February 2012, experts from Europe and the USA exchanged knowledge at the "Conference on Nanosilver" organised by the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment. Apart from toxicological aspects, the discussions covered the possible development of silver resistances in pathogenic germs as well as analytical procedures for the detection of nanosilver in various matrices such as foods, sprays and consumer products and its release from such matrices.

Posted: Feb 29th, 2012

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Nanotechnology fiber breakthrough holds promise for medicine and microprocessors

A new method for creating nanofibers made of proteins, developed by researchers at Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly), promises to greatly improve drug delivery methods for the treatment of cancers, heart disorders and Alzheimer's disease, as well as aid in the regeneration of human tissue, bone and cartilage.

Posted: Feb 29th, 2012

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Exotic material boosts electromagnetism safely

Using exotic man-made materials, scientists from Duke University and Boston College believe they can greatly enhance the forces of electromagnetism, one of the four fundamental forces of nature, without harming living beings or damaging electrical equipment.

Posted: Feb 29th, 2012

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Free AFM webinar - Park NX10: The world's most accurate AFM

Park Systems is offering an interactive webinar to learn more about breaking technologies at the company. They will walk you through the benefits of Park NX10, talk to you about their Park nanotechnology solutions for your application needs, and show you a short overview of technology behind Park NX10.

Posted: Feb 29th, 2012

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New laser can point the way to new energy harvesting

New ultrafast laser equipment, capable of generating intense pulses of light as short as a few femtoseconds from the UV to the Infrared, will help scientists at the University of East Anglia (UEA) measure how energy is transferred from molecule to molecule and point the way to molecular structures for exploiting solar radiation.

Posted: Feb 28th, 2012

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EPSRC issues Graphene Engineering call

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is issuing a call for proposals in graphene engineering research. The aim of the call, where there will be up to GBP20 million of funding available, is to focus research on manufacturing processes and technologies linked to graphene in order to accelerate the development and generation of novel devices, applications technologies and systems.

Posted: Feb 28th, 2012

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New measuring techniques can improve efficiency, safety of nanoparticles

Using high-precision microscopy and X-ray scattering techniques, University of Oregon researchers have gained eye-opening insights into the process of applying green chemistry to nanotechnology that results in high yields, improves efficiency and dramatically reduces waste and potential negative exposure to human health or the environment.

Posted: Feb 28th, 2012

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Gruenen erkundigen sich nach Umgang mit Ergebnissen der NanoKommission

Der Umgang der Bundesregierung mit den Ergebnissen und Empfehlungen der NanoKommission stehen im Mittelpunkt einer Kleinen Anfrage der Fraktion Buendnis 90/Die Gruenen. Die Fraktion kritisiert, dass die Bundesregierung im Januar 2011 - einen Monat vor der NanoKommission - einen Aktionsplan zur Nanotechnologie vorgelegt hat, in dem die NanoKommission nur an einer einzigen Stelle erwaehnt wird.

Posted: Feb 28th, 2012

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