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Spaceward 2008 $2 million power challenge goals announced

The Spaceward Foundation announces the goals for the 2008 Space Elevator Power Beaming Challenge. Building on the results of the 2007 Challenge, the goals for 2008 have been set at 1 km height, 5 m/s minimum speed, for a prize level of $2M.

Posted: Jan 18th, 2008

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Copper's not coping: new chips call on light speed

The tiny copper wires that connect different areas of an integrated circuit may soon limit microchip-processing speeds. So European researchers have developed technologies to produce and combine semiconductor microlasers with silicon wave guides for novel, power-efficient optical connections.

Posted: Jan 18th, 2008

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European Research Project on Graphene Nanoelectronic Devices kicks off in 2008

Will graphene really take the semiconductor industry towards the 'Beyond CMOS' era? Some answers to this key question are sought through experiment and simulation in a European research project on Graphene-based Nanoelectronic Devices called GRAND. The project starts January 1st, 2008 and is coordinated by Nanotechnology specialist AMO GmbH in Aachen, Germany.

Posted: Jan 18th, 2008

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Microfluidics for Life Sciences ?? Micronit and Microfluidics for Life Sciences ?? Micronit and IVAM invite to Open Business Day in Enschede

Micronit Microfluidics b.v. and IVAM Microtechnology Network are organizing an Open Business Meeting on February 21 in Enschede, the Netherlands. Leading institutes such as IMTEK and Mesa+ and the companies Micronit Microfluidics, Medimate, Boehringer Ingelheim microParts, and Bartels Mikrotechnik will present current trends and developments of micro fluidics for life sciences and medical devices.

Posted: Jan 18th, 2008

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Nanomachines to treat cancer

Scientists at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) have signed a deal with a private investment firm to develop and market 'nanomachines' to treat cancer. The mechanised nanoparticles include tiny valves and impellers to help release chemotherapy drugs exactly where they are needed - reducing their side-effects and boosting the effectiveness of the treatments.

Posted: Jan 18th, 2008

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Oak Ridge leads DOE INCITE effort in 2008

Scientific studies on climate change, energy and alternative fuels are among the 30 projects awarded more than 145 million processing hours on supercomputers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory through the Department of Energy's Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) program.

Posted: Jan 17th, 2008

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Air pollution may cause heart disease; nano-sized particles most damaging

Patients prone to heart disease may one day be told by physicians to avoid not only fatty foods and smoking but air pollution too. A new academic study led by UCLA researchers has revealed that the smallest particles from vehicle emissions may be the most damaging components of air pollution in triggering plaque buildup in the arteries, which can lead to heart attack and stroke.

Posted: Jan 17th, 2008

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