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Nanotechnology and the environment - more support needed

Policies are needed to promote the development of nanotechnologies, and funding is needed to carry out research into the benefits and risks of these new technologies for both human health and the environment. These were the main messages coming out of a session on nanotechnology and the environment held during Green Week, an annual event organised by the European Commission.

Posted: Jun 15th, 2007

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Feynman prizes in nanotechnology nominations due June 30

Two prestigious nanotechnology prizes will be awarded at "Productive Nanosystems: Launching the Technology Roadmap," a conference sponsored by Society of Manufacturing Engineers and Foresight Nanotech Institute with the support of Battelle, to be held on October 9-10, 2007 in Arlington, Virginia.

Posted: Jun 14th, 2007

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UK funding agency appoints strategic advisor for nanotechnology

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the UK Government's leading funding agency for research and training in engineering and the physical sciences, has appointed Professor Richard Jones of the University of Sheffield as the Senior Strategic Advisor for Nanotechnology.

Posted: Jun 14th, 2007

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Using bacteria for nanoparticle cleanup

Bacteria from an abandoned mine excrete proteins that cause metal nanoparticles to aggregate. The bacteria are binding and immobilizing the metals in the nanoparticles and the nanoparticles themselves, which are potentially toxic to the bacteria.

Posted: Jun 14th, 2007

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Emulsion with a round-trip ticket

Researchers report a double inversion of a nanoparticle-containing emulsion: By the successive addition of a surfactant, they were able to convert an oil-water emulsion into a water-oil emulsion and then back again.

Posted: Jun 14th, 2007

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