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New nanotechnology focus group for the food and drink industry

Leatherhead Food International and the Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN) have teamed up to launch a focus group to promote and develop a dialogue between the Government and the Food Industry to concentrate on the role of emerging micro- and nanotechnologies in food, drink and pharmafood applications.

Posted: Nov 24th, 2008

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Nanoscale footballs made with boron atoms

A possible recipe for building a variety of nanoscale 'footballs' with boron, an element just next to carbon in the periodic table, has been proposed by researchers in China.

Posted: Nov 23rd, 2008

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Nanotechnology a focus of consumer health protection in Germany

In which foods and products are nanoparticles used? In what ways do consumers come into contact with nanoparticles? Does this lead to health risks? How can they be assessed? What information do consumers need about nanotechnologies? At the sixth BfR Consumer Protection Forum at the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) in Berlin the list of questions from the 200 participants to be addressed was long.

Posted: Nov 23rd, 2008

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Scienists may have found an easier way for making an invisibility cloak

Two physicists may have found an easier way to make things invisible. Cloaking devices, which are a form of advanced stealth technology, are used to render spacecraft invisible in Star Trek. So far all methods for invisibility require exotic materials and would only work at certain colours of light.

Posted: Nov 23rd, 2008

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Chemist predicts collapse of helium's chemical nobility

140 years since its discovery, and despite the best endeavours of many scientists, helium, the lightest of the 'noble' gases, still stubbornly refuses to enter into any chemical alliance. Now a new glimmer of hope has emerged as a chemist has calculated that two new compounds containing a helium-oxygen bond could be formed.

Posted: Nov 23rd, 2008

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Animations bring nanotechnology to life

Just as artists at Disney and Pixar Animation Studios bring Mickey Mouse, Shrek and Nemo to life, life science artists are using animation to bring viruses, bacteria and even nanowires to life and demystify scientific concepts.

Posted: Nov 22nd, 2008

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EU study confirms the Standard Model of particle physics

An EU-funded study by physicists in Germany, France and Hungary has demonstrated conclusively that the Standard Model of particle physics, a theory describing the fundamental interactions of the elementary particles that make up all visible matter in the universe, accurately accounts for the mass of protons and neutrons.

Posted: Nov 22nd, 2008

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