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Tying up loose ends for a quantum leap

Quantum technologies have become the Holy Grail of the IT industry with research projects springing up all over Europe. Now a major effort is being made to spur development by adopting a coordinated, structured approach.

Posted: Jul 9th, 2009

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Nanoscientist receives highest honor U.S. government bestows on young scientists or engineers

UC Riverside's Chun Ning (Jeanie) Lau has received a national honor that few outstanding researchers who are beginning their independent research careers are given. Lau, an associate professor of physics, is one of the recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) for the 2008 competition. PECASE represents the highest honor a beginning scientist or engineer can receive in the United States.

Posted: Jul 9th, 2009

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DNA sorts out carbon nanotubes

DNA could be the answer to sorting different kinds of carbon nanotubes, say US researchers. Short strings of synthetic DNA wind onto nanotubes in a very sequence-dependent way, which has allowed researchers to separate 12 of the most common types of tubes from the inevitable mixtures that form when nanotubes are synthesised.

Posted: Jul 9th, 2009

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Virginia county working on nanotechnology park

A regional economic development body with a vacant, nearly 1,000-acre business park in Pulaski County endorsed Wednesday the concept of committing a small piece of it to a $20 million home for nanotechnology businesses and education.

Posted: Jul 9th, 2009

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Miniaturized lasers can emit quantum light

The discovery of this quantization of the light field has opened up a new field of physics - quantum optics. In modern lasers the light emission can take place within a picosecond, a 1000 times faster than has ever been detected before in photon sequence measurements. A team in Germany made a major breakthrough: in several years of work the worldwide first detector has been developed which has the necessary temporal resolution.

Posted: Jul 9th, 2009

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Stevens Assistant Professor recognized for exceptional contributions to mechanics education

Dr. Frank Fisher, an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Director of the Nanomechanics and Nanomaterials Lab, and Co-Director of the Graduate Nantoechnology Program at Stevens Institute of Technology, was recently awarded one of the two 2009 Ferdinand P. Beer and E. Russell Johnston Jr. Outstanding New Educator Awards by the American Society of Engineering Education.

Posted: Jul 8th, 2009

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New online map shows environmental cleanup sites that use nanomaterials

The map shows which nanomaterials have been used where and includes detailed information on the contaminants treated and the nature of the treatment. It provides a unique source of information on the intentional release of nanomaterials into the environment to treat contaminated ground and water.

Posted: Jul 8th, 2009

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New effort to monitor the effects of nanomaterials on the environment

University of Alberta biological sciences professor Gregg Goss is on the front line of a new effort to monitor the effects of nanomaterials on the environment. Goss will help lead a team of 19 researchers from across the country in a three-year study of the toxicity of nanomaterials in aquatic environments.

Posted: Jul 8th, 2009

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