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New report: Assessment tools for nanomaterials

The German Ministry of the Environment, Nature Protection and Nuclear Safety (BMU) has published a new report "Assessment tools for nanomaterials" ("Instrumente zur Bewertung von Nanomaterialien") which summarizes the discussion and results of the German NanoCommission's work and the Stakeholder Dialogue "Risk management in the nano world".

Posted: Apr 10th, 2012

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IDTechEx Printed Electronics Europe 2012 award winners

The annual printed electronics award winners were announced at the IDTechEx Awards Dinner in Berlin, Germany on April 3rd. The awards recognize outstanding progress in the development and commercialization of printed electronics, an industry that produces a huge amount of technical innovation which will be used in many products.

Posted: Apr 10th, 2012

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Using nanotechnology to hunt for hidden pathogens

Researchers at the University of Central Florida have developed a novel technique that may give doctors a faster and more sensitive tool to detect pathogens associated with inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn's disease.

Posted: Apr 10th, 2012

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Inexpensive separation method of graphene developed

The problem with commercializing graphene that is synthesized onto metals over a wide area is that it can not be separated from the metal. However, a groundbreaking separation technology which is both cheap and environment friendly has been developed.

Posted: Apr 9th, 2012

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The weird nanoscale phenomenon of remote heating

Scientists have discovered that when electric current is run through carbon nanotubes, objects nearby heat up while the nanotubes themselves stay cool, like a toaster that burns bread without getting hot.

Posted: Apr 9th, 2012

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Clean energy could lead to scarce materials

As the world moves toward greater use of low-carbon and zero-carbon energy sources, a possible bottleneck looms, according to a new MIT study: the supply of certain metals needed for key clean-energy technologies.

Posted: Apr 9th, 2012

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Nano-sized 'factories' churn out proteins

Drugs made of protein have shown promise in treating cancer, but they are difficult to deliver because the body usually breaks down proteins before they reach their destination. To get around that obstacle, a team of MIT researchers has developed a new type of nanoparticle that can synthesize proteins on demand. Once these "protein-factory" particles reach their targets, the researchers can turn on protein synthesis by shining ultraviolet light on them.

Posted: Apr 9th, 2012

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