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Report highlights Ohio's nanotechnology strengths and growth

According to a report published today by NorTech and the Nano-Network, Ohio exhibits significant strengths in nanotechnology research, development, commercialization and entrepreneurship; and Northeast Ohio, in particular, is a leader in nanotech innovation. Through better cross-pollination of Ohio's regions and sectors, the State has the potential to become an even greater national player in nanotechnology.

Posted: Jan 17th, 2008

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Contact lenses with circuits, lights a possible platform for superhuman vision

Movie characters from the Terminator to the Bionic Woman use bionic eyes to zoom in on far-off scenes, have useful facts pop into their field of view, or create virtual crosshairs. Off the screen, virtual displays have been proposed for more practical purposes - visual aids to help vision-impaired people, holographic driving control panels and even as a way to surf the Web on the go.

Posted: Jan 17th, 2008

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Fano effect seen using quantum dots

Scientists have used new optical technologies to observe interactions in nanoscale systems that Heisenberg's uncertainty principle usually would prohibit.

Posted: Jan 17th, 2008

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io9 talks to Kathleen Ann Goonan about nanopunk and jazz

Science fiction author Kathleen Ann Goonan was writing about nanotechnology before most people even know it existed. Her Nanotech Quartet, including her celebrated first novel Queen City Jazz, is about a future United States where nanotech has gone wild and turned cities into living entities - and reprogrammed people to reenact scenarios from US history and literature.

Posted: Jan 17th, 2008

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Iridescence workshop promotes nature's nanotechnology

The phrase 'sex sells' takes on special significance when scientists and students gather. While nature's showiest subjects step out to promote reproductive success and survival with bright colors, flash and iridescence in feathers, scales, petals and wings, biologists, physicists, behaviorists and materials scientists will delve into whatâ??s behind all the bling at a workshop on 'Iridescence' to be held Feb. 6-9 at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz.

Posted: Jan 17th, 2008

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A bottom-up approach to nanotechnology safety

Within the next month, a panel of advisers to the Department of Public Health in Cambridge will deliver a set of recommendations to the City Council on how to deal with nanotechnology firms operating inside the city's boundaries.

Posted: Jan 17th, 2008

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Nanotechnology development initiative proposed in Wisconsin

The NanoSTEM initiative recognizes that the Chippewa Valley is positioned to be a hub of nanotechnology activity. It would provide additional resources to the Universities of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Stout and to Chippewa Valley Technical College, and provide tax incentives for businesses that partner with the schools to develop nanotechnologies.

Posted: Jan 16th, 2008

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New technique could dramatically lower costs of DNA sequencing

Using computer simulations, researchers at the University of Illinois have demonstrated a strategy for sequencing DNA by driving the molecule back and forth through a nanopore capacitor in a semiconductor chip. The technique could lead to a device that would read human genomes quickly and affordably.

Posted: Jan 16th, 2008

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Polymeric nanoparticles for tumor vaccines

The quest for an effective antitumor vaccine has received a boost from the results of work aimed at developing a nanoparticle that delivers tumor antigens to the immune system cells that trigger antibody production.

Posted: Jan 16th, 2008

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