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NIH grants $3 million for nanotechnology risk and DNA sequencing research

Arizona State University has been awarded nearly $3 million in federal stimulus funds from the National Institutes of Health. ASU professors Stuart Lindsay and Paul Westerhoff will lead a pair of two-year, innovative projects designed to tackle challenges in the fields of rapid DNA sequencing and the potential health risks of nanotechnology.

Posted: Nov 16th, 2009

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Ten technologies that made news in 2009 and warrant watching in 2010

A first-of-its kind inhalable measles vaccine for developing countries, where the disease remains a scourge. A nanogenerator that could recharge iPods and other electronic devices with a shake. And for Fido and Fluffy, a long-awaited once-a-month pill for both ticks and fleas. It's list season, the time to prepare inventories of what stood out in 2009 and holds promise for the year ahead.

Posted: Nov 16th, 2009

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Tiny beam of light can budge nano-objects

With a bit of leverage, Cornell researchers have used a very tiny beam of light with as little as 1 milliwatt of power to move a silicon structure up to 12 nanometers. That's enough to completely switch the optical properties of the structure from opaque to transparent.

Posted: Nov 16th, 2009

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NSF awards Cornell grant to deploy MATLAB on the TeraGrid

Cornell University announced today that the Cornell Center for Advanced Computing (CAC) in partnership with Purdue University has received a National Science Foundation award to deploy The MathWorks MATLAB on the TeraGrid as an experimental computing resource.

Posted: Nov 16th, 2009

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Freezing: a phenomenon that 'jumps'

The freezing of suspensions of particles is not always a uniform phenomenon; in certain conditions it leads to a modification of the redistribution of particles and the growth of crystals.

Posted: Nov 16th, 2009

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Tiny bubbles clean oil from water

Small amounts of oil leave a fluorescent sheen on polluted water. Oil sheen is hard to remove, even when the water is aerated with ozone or filtered through sand. Now, a University of Utah engineer has developed an inexpensive new method to remove oil sheen by repeatedly pressurizing and depressurizing ozone gas, creating microscopic bubbles that attack the oil so it can be removed by sand filters.

Posted: Nov 16th, 2009

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