Low-cost, disposable cartridges that would let doctors perform diagnostic tests at the point-of-care could speed up diagnosis and treatment while lowering costs. European researchers are rapidly closing in on that goal.
A team of researchers pushing nanometer-sized metal blocks across an ultra-clean graphite surface reports that some of them skate freely, while others resist. The results support a theory that friction arises only when extra atoms get trapped between the surfaces.
Using a lump of graphite, a piece of Scotch tape and a silicon wafer, Cornell researchers have created a balloonlike membrane that is just one atom thick - but strong enough to contain gases under several atmospheres of pressure without popping.
Using new 'lab on a chip' technology, James Landers hopes to create a hand-held device that may eventually allow physicians, crime scene investigators, pharmacists, even the general public to quickly and inexpensively conduct DNA tests from almost anywhere, without need for a complex and expensive central laboratory.
The CENARIOS certification standard was presented at the 4th NanoRegulation Conference last week in Switzerland. The first and only nano safety standard with certificate worldwide brings transparency and safety for companies, authorities, investors and consumers.
Part of Nano Week in Cleveland, which is taking place September 22 - 26, the 'Nano 101' sessions will engage students in a discussion about nanotechnology and guide them through understanding its impact.
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland will coordinate the large EU research project called SmartCell. The four-year project focuses on developing methods for production of valuable pharmaceutical compounds using plant cells as a production host in an effective and controlled manner.
Nanodraehte aus Silizium kombiniert mit Polymer-Schichten sind der Schluessel zu neuartigen Solarzellen mit hohem Wirkungsgrad, die derzeit am Institut fuer Photonische Technologien in Jena (IPHT) entwickelt werden.