Wie sicher ist Nano? Der Antwort wollen Wissenschaftler aus 29 Laendern beim Kongress Nanotox2008 vom 7. bis 10. September an der ETH Zuerich naeher kommen, der bislang groessten internationalen Tagung von Nanotoxikologen.
Just like works of art, wine is now being subjected to advanced testing to establish its authenticity: after measuring caesium 137 radioactivity levels to test the age of the wine, the glass in vintage wine bottles is now being tested by particle acceleration.
The NAD (Nanoparticles for therapy and diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease) Project is based on the use of nanoparticles for Alzheimer's diagnosis and therapy. The research, costing 14.6 million euros over 5 years, is financed by the European Union's 7th Framework Program and includes 19 European research centers.
The European Commission has published a number of calls for proposals under the specific programmes Cooperation and Capacities of the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). One of them is a 'Biorefinery' joint call (two sections), including energy; environment (including climate change); food, agriculture and fisheries, and biotechnology; and nanosciences, nanotechnology, materials and new production technologies.
C. Erec Stebbins, associate professor at The Rockefeller University, has been awarded an inaugural EUREKA grant from the National Institutes of Health for a project aimed at exploiting a bacteria-based ?nanosyringe? as a means of delivering proteins into specific cells for therapeutic purposes.
This new microscope technology uses helium ions to generate the signal used to image extremely small objects, a technique analogous to the scanning electron microscope, which was first introduced commercially in the 1960s. Paradoxically, although helium ions are far larger than electrons, they can provide higher resolution images with higher contrast.
Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Seoul National University (SNU) have learned how to tweak a new class of polymer-based semiconductors to better control the location and alignment of the components of the blend.
Three Johns Hopkins University researchers affiliated with the Institute for NanoBioTechnology hope to gain some insight by studying the ability of nanometals to access lung tissues, their potential to trigger pro-inflammatory reactions by cells that line the lung airways, and even the extent to which workers are exposed in a nanomaterials manufacturing setting.