The East of England's reputation as a world leader in nanotechnology was boosted when the Japanese government unveiled plans to locate a new research satellite at the University of Cambridge as part of a $150 million global program.
Recent accomplishments by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) highlight the agency's leadership in collaborative research to determine if workers are at risk of job-related illness or injury in the production and industrial use of nanomaterials. The accomplishments include two new peer-reviewed papers, two new international partnerships, and a professional award.
The Safety of Nanoparticles Interdisciplinary Research Centre (SnIRC) is to host a 2 day workshop on October 20th - 21st 2008 at Central Science Laboratories, York, UK to discuss and evaluate EMERGNANO, a major evaluation of emerging evidence from Nanotechnology EHS research worldwide.
Carbon atoms are the building blocks for millions of organic molecules, yet this variety is built on the simple rule that carbon almost always shares a total of four chemical bonds with its neighbors. Now, an international team of chemists has mapped a highly unusual compound containing a carbon atom that hooks up to six atoms at once.
The book includes a general explanation of the properties, manufacture and uses of nanomaterials to provide the basis for assessing and understanding their life cycle. It also explores the possible risks that nanomaterials pose to human health and the environment, describes developing regulations around the world to manage those risks, and presents a framework for evaluating the balance between risk and reward as nanomaterials are manufactured, used and released to the environment.
Today Google.org, the philanthropic arm of Google, has unveiled a $4.4 trillion plan dubbed 'Clean Power by 2030' that, according to its creators, has the potential to significantly decrease the U.S. dependency on oil and fossil fuels while allowing for an estimated $1 trillion in profits before the program comes to an end in 2030.
A fresh discovery about the way water behaves inside carbon nanotubes could have implications in fields ranging from the function of ultra-tiny high-tech devices to scientists' understanding of biological processes.
In a step toward developing better fuel cells for electric cars and more, engineers at MIT and two other institutions have taken the first images of individual atoms on and near the surface of nanoparticles key to the eco-friendly energy storage devices.