Researchers in Japan have fabricated a nanometer-sized ruler to be used as a primary standard, which is integral to nanotechnology research and production, by taking advantage of the crystal structure of diamond.
Lord Drayson, Science and Innovation Minister and chair of the Ministerial Group on Nanotechnologies, is calling on industry and interested groups to get involved in shaping a UK strategy for nanotechnologies
It's commonly accepted that electrical resistance of a given material cannot be adjusted as is the case with, for example, density and color. However, Dr Meike Stöhr and her collaborators have now succeeded in developing a new method to selectively tune surface properties such as resistance.
Scientists at DuPont and Lehigh University have refined a technique, first published in 2003, to sort carbon nanotubes using specific sequences of DNA. This technique offers the first demonstration that nanotubes can be sorted by size, property and symmetry (chirality).
The New York Times carries an article today on how universities are investing in nanotechnology start-ups and California's university research centers, small companies and venture finance firms are collaborating in this area.
The University of Queensland's Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology and the Nanobiotechnology Center (NBTC) at Cornell University in the United States are working together to develop new products and techniques that will promote new medicines, develop the next generation of biofuels and improve human health and quality of life.