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Russia's retail industry kicks off "Store of the Future" project

The project will create nano-enabled solutions for introducing and exploiting RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology in Russia's retail industry. If successful in its development work, the project will establish a company-integrator to introduce RFID technology to domestic retail trade.

Posted: Jun 20th, 2011

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Nanotechnology at University of Warsaw gets rare dimensional nanostructure-generating equipment

State-of-the-art equipment for generating composite semiconductor structures has been launched at the Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw. First micropillars, micrometer-sized columns made up of many carefully selected layers of thickness of the order of nanometres, have been generated in the laboratory in Warsaw. They will be used, among others, to build efficient yellow light lasers. The new equipment also opens up unique educational possibilities for students in the field of nanotechnology engineering.

Posted: Jun 20th, 2011

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Measuring the forces of interactions between quantum dots and living cells

Quantum dots are particularly promising for biological imaging, having size-tunable light emission and excellent photostability. The development of such clinical applications, however, hinges on understanding how such nanoparticles interact with and penetrate living cells. A research team led by Hongda Wang from the Chinese Academy of Sciences has now developed a method to measure these interaction forces using atomic force microscopy.

Posted: Jun 20th, 2011

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Boron nitride nanotubes could form the basis for fluorescent cell sensors

Hollow nanotubes with walls just a few atoms thick are increasingly being used to monitor biological processes in individual cells. Such nanotubes can be loaded with fluorescent molecules that respond to certain biochemicals or a change in temperature or pH with a measurable change in fluorescence. Most of the biological probes developed so far rely on carbon nanotubes. Now, a research team from Japan has now produced a probe using nanotubes made of boron and nitrogen atoms.

Posted: Jun 20th, 2011

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Study evaluates engineered nanoparticles in wastewater

Have you ever wondered what happens to sunscreen after it swirls down the drain with your soap? Probably not, but it is a question that makes Prof. Chin-Pao Huang curious. Sunscreen contains titanium dioxide, an engineered nanoparticle (ENP) that improves the product's performance, reducing your sunburn risk while outdoors.

Posted: Jun 19th, 2011

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