Russian lawmakers today approved the creation of a state-run nanotechnology corporation, an area of science that President Vladimir Putin has elevated to a national priority and for which he has pledged $7 billion in state funds.
The European Commission will spend €1.8 million (approx. $2.4 million) over the next four years on "Exploitation strategy and innovation consultants for nanosciences, nanotechnologies, materials and new production technologies".
Discovery of the Buckyball at Rice University in 1985 that led to a Nobel Prize for three of the five team members, and ushered in the modern era of nanotechnology, will be recalled by surviving team members October 2 in Dallas, Texas.
The nanocytometer is a pocket-sized device that can rapidly identify diseases by testing a single drop of blood using an inexpensive disposable cartridge. The cartridges contain a silicon chip laden with artificial nanopores that mimic the filtration system of human cells.
To help engineering professionals and organizations benefit from the surge in nanotechnology R&D, Johns Hopkins' Engineering and Applied Science Programs for Professionals offers a Nanotechnology Option within its Master of Materials Science and Engineering program.
By shining ultraviolet laser light on tiny molecules of azobenzene adhered on a layer of gold, scientists could force the molecules to change shape at will. Potentially, the molecules could be incorporated into nanomachines in the form of remotely controlled switches, pistons or other movable components.