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Adoption of the new definition of nanomaterials by the European Commission: first reactions and analyses

This Tuesday, October 18, the European Commission published its long-awaited definition of nanomaterials after a year of intense negotiations. The reactions were not long in coming, revealing power struggles so far mainly confined to Brussels area. Here is a first insight into the politics hidden behind this supposedly neutral and "scientific" definition, the next obstacles and important meetings.

Posted: Oct 20th, 2011

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Shining light on carbon nanotubes

Their size makes carbon nanotubes difficult to detect, examine and manipulate. Michael Blades, a senior electrical engineering and physics double-major, worked on this problem last summer in a research internship with Lehigh's Environmental Initiative.

Posted: Oct 20th, 2011

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'Microring' device could aid in future optical technologies

Researchers at Purdue University and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have created a device small enough to fit on a computer chip that converts continuous laser light into numerous ultrashort pulses, a technology that might have applications in more advanced sensors, communications systems and laboratory instruments.

Posted: Oct 19th, 2011

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Manufacturing goes viral

Researchers coax viruses to assemble into synthetics with microstructures and properties akin to those of corneas, teeth and skin.

Posted: Oct 19th, 2011

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Register now for Nanoinformatics 2011

Nanoinformatics 2011 will bring together informatics experts, nanotechnology researchers, and other stakeholders and potential contributors to advance Nanoinformatics 2020 Roadmap goals. The workshop will set a clear path for Nanoinformatics participants through the presentation of projects and research, open discussions, and strategic planning sessions.

Posted: Oct 19th, 2011

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Glowing beacons reveal hidden order in dynamical systems

A dynamical system in which repeated measurements on a single particle yield the same mean result as a single measurement of the whole ensemble is said to be ergodic. The ergodic theorem expresses a fundamental physical principle, and its validity for diffusive processes has now been demonstrated.

Posted: Oct 19th, 2011

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Magnetic attraction: Mmicrochip demonstrates concept of 'MRAM for biomolecules'

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology and University of Colorado Boulder have developed a low-power microchip that uses a combination of microfluidics and magnetic switches to trap and transport magnetic beads. The novel transport chip may have applications in biotechnology and medical diagnostics.

Posted: Oct 19th, 2011

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