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Probing the history of nanotechnology

Scanning probe microscopes feature prominently in the history of nanotechnology but, as a recent book on the subject makes clear, this history could have been very different.

Apr 11th, 2012

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How to turn a living snail into a power source

The world's first "electrified snail" has joined the menagerie of cockroaches, rats, rabbits and other animals previously implanted with biofuel cells that generate electricity - perhaps for future spy cameras, eavesdropping microphones and other electronics - from natural sugar in their bodies.

Apr 11th, 2012

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Nontoxic nanosheets could turn waste heat into power

Cornell materials scientists have developed an inexpensive, environmentally friendly way of synthesizing oxide crystal sheets, just nanometers thick, which have useful properties for electronics and alternative energy applications.

Apr 11th, 2012

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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".

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.

Apr 10th, 2012

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