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Efficacy of protective gloves against nanoparticles

In view of the need to use individual means of protection, researchers at the École de technologie supérieure, École Polytechnique, Université de Montréal and Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST) have developed a method for measuring the efficacy of the materials used to make gloves that protect the wearer against nanoparticles.

Posted: Jun 14th, 2012

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Billion-euro research race enters closing stage

EU scientists and member states will decide over the next six months which future high-tech industries - from a choice including robot servants and nano clothing - should receive a 1 billion euro European funding boost.

Posted: Jun 14th, 2012

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Scientists synthesize first genetically evolved semiconductor material

In the not-too-distant future, scientists may be able to use DNA to grow their own specialized materials, thanks to the concept of directed evolution. UC Santa Barbara scientists have, for the first time, used genetic engineering and molecular evolution to develop the enzymatic synthesis of a semiconductor.

Posted: Jun 13th, 2012

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Ancient effect harnessed to produce electricity from waste heat

A phenomenon first observed by an ancient Greek philosopher 2,300 years ago has become the basis for a new device designed to harvest the enormous amounts of energy wasted as heat each year to produce electricity. The first-of-its-kind 'pyroelectric nanogenerator' is the topic of a new report.

Posted: Jun 13th, 2012

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