What appear under an atomic force microscope to be tiny rings with little bits missing are actually nanoscopic rings made of double-stranded DNA with a little gap in the form of a short single-stranded fragment.
This November experts in the field of nanotechnology from MINATEC Corporation trained Vietnamese scientists and Master's students from Vietnamese universities, leading up to the first international workshop on nanotechnology (IWNA 2007) in the city of Vung Tau.
Researchers in Australia report development of a new type of gold nanoparticle that destroys the parasite responsible for toxoplasmosis, a potentially serious disease acquired by handling the feces of infected cats or eating undercooked meat.
Nine talented life scientists will receive the 2007 EMBO Installation Grants, assisting them to relocate and set up their research groups in Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Portugal and Turkey. These nine scientists are the second group of awardees since the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) introduced the scheme in 2006.
The Financial Times of London today carries an opinion piece by two Deloitte consultants about how nanotechnology, notwithstanding valid risks concerns, could turn out to have an important role in healing, not harming the planet.
Three Canadian cities - Edmonton, AB, Vancouver, BC, and Fredericton, NB - have been named among the world's 21 smartest communities as the result of their smart and sensitive use of technology to foster socioeconomic progress.
On January 1, 2008 the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) will establish ten new Collaborative Research Centers, which will receive a total of 74.4 million euros in funding over the next four years.