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AIST develops revolutionary products using clay films

Takeo Ebina, Advanced Functional Materials Team, the Research Center for Compact Chemical System of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), et al. have developed high-performance multifunctional sheets and a raw material of a clay film in collaboration with the private companies that are members of 'Clayteam', an AIST consortium, formed in May 2010.

Posted: Nov 4th, 2010

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First UNESCO medals for nanotechnology go to Russian and Chinese scientists

The first UNESCO Medals 'For contributions to the development of nanoscience and nanotechnologies' were awarded on November 2, at Paris headquarters to two laureates: Russian Academician Zhores Ivanovich Alferov, winner of the 2000 Nobel Prize in Physics; and Chunli Bai, Professor of Chemistry at the Laboratory of Molecular Nanostructure and Nanotechnology in Beijing and Executive Vice-President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Posted: Nov 4th, 2010

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Meta-flex: Your new brand for invisibility clothing

Flexible smart materials that can manipulate light to shield objects from view have been much-theorised but now researchers in Scotland have made a practical breakthrough that brings the possibility of an invisibility cardigan - or any other item of invisibility clothing - one step closer.

Posted: Nov 4th, 2010

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A new nanopropulsion method based on bipolar electrochemistry

The process is based on the novel concept of bipolar electrochemistry: under the influence of an electric field, one end of a metallic object grows while the other end dissolves. Thanks to this permanent self-regeneration, objects can move at speeds of the order of a hundred micrometers per second.

Posted: Nov 3rd, 2010

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Nanoimprint lithography NSF grant awarded to micro device lab at Stevens

Dr. Eui-Hyeok Yang, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Micro Device Laboratory (MDL) at Stevens Institute of Technology, The Innovation University (TM), will receive funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the acquisition of a Nanoimprint Lithography System (NIL) for the purpose of nanoscience research and education based on low-dimensional materials at Stevens.

Posted: Nov 3rd, 2010

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Nanoparticle emission of selected products during their life cycle

The German Federal Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt) has released a study paper 'Study of nanoparticle emission of selected products during their life cycle'. The summary is available for download in English or the full version in German: 'Emission von Nanopartikeln aus ausgewaehlten Produkten in ihrem Lebenszyklus'.

Posted: Nov 3rd, 2010

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Medvedev calls for fully-fledged nanotechnology sector in Russia

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev called on Wednesday for the establishment of a fully-fledged nanotechnology branch in Russia. 'All types of businesses should be represented - both private and state, up to transnational corporations', Medvedev told a nanotechnology forum in Moscow.

Posted: Nov 3rd, 2010

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European effort to bring smart textile at industrial manufacturing level

Imec and its project partners announce the launch of the European FP7 (Framework Program) project PASTA (Integrating Platform for Advanced Smart textile Applications) aiming at developing large-area smart textiles. Large-area manufacturability is an essential aspect in bridging the gap between lab prototyping and the industrial manufacturing of smart textiles for sports and leisure wear, technical textiles for safety and monitoring applications, and textiles for healthcare monitoring purposes.

Posted: Nov 3rd, 2010

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