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One nano-step closer to weighing a single atom

By studying gold nanoparticles with highly uniform sizes and shapes, scientists now understand how they lose energy, a key step towards producing nanoscale detectors for weighing any single atom.

Posted: Jul 27th, 2009

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New device makes invisibility a reality

Researchers in Spain have developed a device that makes objects invisible under a certain kind of light. Called 'dc metamaterial', the device brings the inside of the magnetic field down to zero but does not change the exterior field.

Posted: Jul 27th, 2009

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Nanoparticle scientist wins environmental award

For her work on predicting the stability of nanoparticles in air and water, CSIRO scientist Dr Amanda Barnard has been awarded one of Australia's most prestigious environmental awards - the 2009 Mercedes-Benz Australian Environmental Research Award.

Posted: Jul 27th, 2009

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45-nanometer chips for ultra-fast WiFi

Powerful new radio technologies that promise blisteringly fast WiFi have been given a boost by a team of European researchers? cutting-edge work on miniscule microchips.

Posted: Jul 27th, 2009

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Strong growth forecast for nanotechnology food packaging

The applications of nanotechnology in the food and beverage sector are only now emerging, but these are predicted to grow rapidly in the coming years. Applications in this area already support development of improved tastes, color, flavor, texture and consistency of foodstuffs, increased absorption and bioavailability of nutrients and health supplements, new food packaging materials with improved mechanical, barrier and antimicrobial properties, and nano-sensors for traceability and monitoring the condition of food during transport and storage.

Posted: Jul 25th, 2009

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Reference materials for nanotechnology

The Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing in Germany has compiled a website which lists all nanoscale reference materials that are commercially available worldwide.

Posted: Jul 25th, 2009

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Scientists unlock optical secrets of jewel beetles

A small green beetle may have some interesting lessons to teach scientists about optics and liquid crystals - complex mechanisms the insect uses to create a shell so strikingly beautiful that for centuries it was used in jewelry.

Posted: Jul 24th, 2009

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