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Geckos inspire new method to print electronics on complex surfaces

Researchers from Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign designed a clever square polymer stamp that allows them to vary its adhesion strength. The stamp can easily pick up an array of electronic devices from a silicon surface and move and print them on a curved surface.

Posted: Sep 20th, 2010

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Buckyball Discovery Gala to celebrate nanotechnology research at Rice

Next month Rice University's Richard E. Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology will kick off its Week of Nano with the Buckyball Discovery Gala, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the discovery of the buckminsterfullerene at Rice and the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry that followed.

Posted: Sep 20th, 2010

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Nano antenna increases light intensity 1000 fold

Everybody who's ever used a TV, radio or cell phone knows what an antenna does: It captures the aerial signals that make those devices practical. A lab at Rice University has built an antenna that captures light in the same way, at a small scale that has big potential.

Posted: Sep 20th, 2010

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Citizen scientist

Researchers have mapped out an approach to virtual organizations that might allow scientific advances made in part by citizen scientists to move forward much more quickly.

Posted: Sep 20th, 2010

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GDCh zeichnet Quantenchemiker Joachim Sauer aus

Eine der traditionsreichsten Auszeichnungen der Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh), die Liebig-Denkmuenze wurde am Montag in Dresden bei der Tagung der Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Aerzte an den Berliner Chemiker Prof. Joachim Sauer verliehen.

Posted: Sep 20th, 2010

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Technology in the extreme

Radio transmitters that can withstand temperatures of up to 900 degrees C could soon be dropped into the depths of the earth to provide early warning of a volcanic eruption.

Posted: Sep 20th, 2010

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EPA issues significant new use rules under TSCA for carbon nanotubes

EPA is issuing significant new use rules (SNURs) under section 5(a)(2) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for two chemical substances which were the subject of Premanufacture Notices (PMNs). The two chemical substances are identified generically as multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) (PMN P-08-177) and single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNT) (PMN P-08-328).

Posted: Sep 19th, 2010

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Early harvest of research results on nanosafety

Last April the Institute for Health and Consumer Protection (ICHP) Nanobiosciences Unit of the Joint Research Centre (JRC), of the European Commission organised a 2-day workshop to present an overview of various aspects of hazard, exposure and risk assessment of nanomaterials. Last week they published a report and the presentations from this event.

Posted: Sep 19th, 2010

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Better marker for breast cancer may reduce need for second surgeries

A new material could help surgeons more accurately locate breast cancers, reduce the need for second surgeries and minimize pre-surgical discomfort for patients. Microscopic gas-filled spheres of silica, a porous glass, can mark the location of early-stage tumors to show their position using ultrasound imaging in the operating room.

Posted: Sep 19th, 2010

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