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Where ethics and technology collide

Presenting ethical governance of technology development based on higher-order reflexivity, where ethical considerations become an integral part of the technology development cycle.

Posted: Dec 14th, 2010

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Nanotube probe for living cells can advance drug discovery

A Drexel University team of engineers, scientists and biologists have developed a carbon nanotube-based device for probing single living cells without damaging them. This technique will allow experts to identify diseases in their early stage and advance drug discovery.

Posted: Dec 14th, 2010

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Online Workshop: Nanotechnology for Solar Energy

Despite its current elusiveness in many parts of the northern hemisphere, no-one can boycott the sun! Harnessing nanotechnology development for sustainable energy enables us to focus on energy security and move away from our dependence on an ever-depleting supply of fossil fuels from regions that are often destabilised through ownership of these resources.

Posted: Dec 14th, 2010

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Iridium is attractive for improving flash memory chips

One of the rarest metals on Earth may be an excellent option for enabling future flash memory chips to continue increasing in speed and density, according to a group of researchers in Taiwan, who describe incorporating nanocrystals of iridium into critical components of flash memory.

Posted: Dec 14th, 2010

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Making wafers faster by making features smaller

Manufacturing semiconductors for electronics involves etching small features onto wafers using lasers, a process that is limited by the wavelength of the light itself. The development of a new, intense 13.5-nm light source will resolve this issue by reducing the feature size by an order of magnitude or so.

Posted: Dec 14th, 2010

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Single quantum dot nanowire photodetectors

Moving a step closer toward quantum computing, a research team in the Netherlands recently fabricated a photodetector based on a single nanowire, in which the active element is a single quantum dot with a volume of a mere 7,000 cubic nanometers.

Posted: Dec 14th, 2010

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Syntactic and Composite Foams III Conference

SCF-III, in this series will provide a continued forum for discussions in this rapidly growing field of syntactic foams and composite foams. Syntactic foams and rigid polymer, metal, and ceramic foams containing a reinforcing and/or functional phase are the intended focus of this conference.

Posted: Dec 14th, 2010

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The role of engineering in the study of infectious disease

Although engineering has long played a key role in developing technology for diagnosing and treating human disease, it has only recently started to have an impact on understanding the cellular and molecular basis of disease. In the past decade or so, engineers have started making major contributions to understanding diseases such as malaria, hereditary blood diseases and cancer, according to Subra Suresh, former dean of MIT's School of Engineering.

Posted: Dec 14th, 2010

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Novel tailor-made nanoferroelectric from building blocks

A research group headed by MANA Scientist Dr. Minoru Osada and Principal Investigator Dr. Takayoshi Sasaki of the International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (MANA) at the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) successfully developed a novel nanoferroelectric by a solution-based bottom-up nanotechnology.

Posted: Dec 14th, 2010

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Tiny channels carry big information

Researchers with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have been able to fabricate nanochannels that are only two nanometers in size, using standard semiconductor manufacturing processes. Already they've used these nanochannels to discover that fluid mechanics for passages this small are significantly different not only from bulk-sized channels, but even from channels that are merely 10 nanometers in size.

Posted: Dec 13th, 2010

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