As the debate intensifies between those for and against nanotechnology, the Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development of the Parliamentary Assembly proposed this week that the Council of Europe should draw up legal standards which would be designed to protect citizens, while encouraging the potential beneficial use of nanotechnology.
The aim of the regular dialog with representatives from research institutes, labor unions, commerce, industry, churches as well as environmental and consumer organizations was to generate joint recommendations for improving transparency in communication about nanomaterials from manufacturers to consumers.
Researchers from the University of Illinois and Northwestern University have demonstrated tiny spheres that synchronize their movements as they self-assemble into a spinning microtube. Such in-motion structures, a blending of mathematics and materials science, could open a new class of technologies with applications in medicine, chemistry and engineering.
A new research published by the IRSST (Quebec Occupational Health and Safety Research Institute) developed a method for characterizing respirator and ventilation system filters at different air flow rates. This method could also apply to the evaluation of the effectiveness of porous protective clothing.
A field full of pyramids, but on a micro scale. Each of the pyramids hides a living cell. Thanks to 3D micro- and nanoscale fabrication, promising new applications can be found. One of them is applying the micro pyramids for cell research.
Researchers from the Bio-Nano Electronics Research Center at Toyo University in Japan, propose an uncomplicated alternative to acquiring renewable sources of reducing agents for the synthesis of nanoparticles.
A consortium of researchers are to embark on a programme called "Cleaning Land for Wealth", that will use a common class of flower to restore poisoned soils while at the same time producing perfectly sized and shaped nano sized platinum and arsenic nanoparticles for use in catalytic convertors, cancer treatments and a range of other applications.
Two research projects with a combined budget approaching 70 million euro achieved significant advances in semiconductor manufacturing efficiency and have been recognized with the 2012 ENIAC JU INNOVATION AWARD at the European Nanoelectronics Forum.