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Seeing the light: Scientists bring plasmonic nanofields into focus

In typical plasmonic devices, electromagnetic waves crowd into tiny metal structures, concentrating energy into nanoscale dimensions. Due to coupling of electronics and photonics in these metal nanostructures, plasmonic devices could be harnessed for high-speed data transmission or ultrafast detector arrays. However, studying plasmonic fields in nanoscale devices presents a real roadblock for scientists, as examining these structures inherently alters their behavior.

Posted: Feb 3rd, 2011

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New nanomaterials unlock new electronic and energy technologies

A new way of splitting layered materials to give atom thin "nanosheets" has been discovered. This has led to a range of novel two-dimensional nanomaterials with chemical and electronic properties that have the potential to enable new electronic and energy storage technologies.

Posted: Feb 3rd, 2011

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EUREKA program CATRENE call for nanoelectronics proposals

The recent EUREKA programme CATRENE (Cluster for Application and Technology Research in Europe on NanoElectronics) will effect Technological Leadership for a competitive European ICT industry. The Participation in Project Outline (PO) phase of CATRENE 4th call is now open and closes on March 3, 2011.

Posted: Feb 3rd, 2011

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Call for papers: DNA computing and molecular programming

Research in DNA computing and molecular programming draws together mathematics, computer science, physics, chemistry, biology, and nanotechnology to address the analysis, design, and synthesis of information-based molecular systems. This annual meeting is the premier forum where scientists with diverse backgrounds come together with the common purpose of advancing the engineering and science of biology and chemistry from the point of view of computer science, physics, and mathematics.

Posted: Feb 3rd, 2011

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Thailand's science and technology minister to lead team to nano tech 2011 Japan

Thailand's Minister of Science and Technology H.E. Dr. Virachai Virameteekul and Prof. Dr. Sirirurg Songsivilai, Executive Director of National Nanotechnology Center (NANOTEC) will lead a team of officials from NANOTEC, Thailand Board of Investment (BOI), and Thailand Science Park (TSP) to Nano tech 2011 at Tokyo Big Sight to help boost research collaboration and promote nanotechnology investment.

Posted: Feb 3rd, 2011

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Synthetic materials that behave like mollusk shells

Researchers report the identification of specific characteristics of the material microstructure of nacre that enable its outstanding performance. By performing detailed fracture experiments within an atomic force microscope, the group was able to directly visualize and quantify the way the tablets slid relative to each other as the material is deformed.

Posted: Feb 2nd, 2011

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Bismuth nanoparticles make blood clots visible

For almost two decades, cardiologists have searched for ways to see dangerous blood clots before they cause heart attacks. Now, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis report that they have designed nanoparticles that find clots and make them visible to a new kind of X-ray technology.

Posted: Feb 2nd, 2011

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Generic drug may improve the effectiveness of cancer nanotherapies

Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators describe experiments showing that the generic drug losartan, by modifying the network of collagen fibers that characterizes most solid tumors, improved the effectiveness of two nanotherapeutics against several types of cancer.

Posted: Feb 2nd, 2011

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New lithography technique allows nanoscale resolution with visible light

University of Maryland researchers have made a breakthrough in the use of visible light for making tiny integrated circuits. Though their advance is probably at least a decade from commercial use, they say it could one day make it possible for companies like Intel to continue their decades long tread of making ever smaller, faster, and cheaper computer chips.

Posted: Feb 2nd, 2011

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Fresh technology for new cell creation

The European MODPLEUV project brings together Austrian, Czech and Polish researchers to successfully develop a novel yet easy way to create nano-structured materials that would facilitate human cell development.

Posted: Feb 2nd, 2011

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