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Exploring the frictional characteristics of atomically thin sheets

A team of nanotechnology researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University has used friction force microscopy to determine the nanoscale frictional characteristics of four atomically-thin materials, discovering a universal characteristic for these very different materials.

Posted: Apr 1st, 2010

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Nature ranks A*STAR 7th in Asia-Pacific for research publications

The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) is the seventh most prolific agency in the Asia-Pacific region, in terms of the total number of research papers published in the prestigious Nature Publishing Group's portfolio of Nature-branded journals in 2009, according to the Nature Asia-Pacific Publishing Index.

Posted: Apr 1st, 2010

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Carbon nanostructures - elixir or poison?

A Los Alamos National Laboratory toxicologist and a multidisciplinary team of researchers have documented potential cellular damage from fullerenes. The team also noted that this particular type of damage might hold hope for treatment of Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, or even cancer.

Posted: Mar 31st, 2010

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Nanotechnology-enabled pill signals it has been swallowed

Seeking a way to confirm that patients have taken their medication, University of Florida engineering researchers have added a tiny microchip and digestible antenna to a standard pill capsule. The prototype is intended to pave the way for mass-produced pills that, when ingested, automatically alert doctors, loved ones or scientists working with patients in clinical drug trials.

Posted: Mar 31st, 2010

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