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MIT, Chesonis Foundation announce solar revolution

Promising to transform solar power from a 'boutique' option to an affordable, dependable, mainstream energy solution, MIT and the Chesonis Family Foundation launched a 'solar revolution' with the ultimate aim of making solar energy America's primary carbon-free fuel.

Posted: Apr 23rd, 2008

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Nanotubes grown straight in large numbers

Duke University chemists have found a way to grow long, straight cylinders only a few atoms thick in very large numbers, removing a major roadblock in the pursuit of nano-scale electronics.

Posted: Apr 23rd, 2008

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Photoluminescence in nano-needles

Silicon is the workhorse among semiconductors in electronics. But in opto-electronics, where light signals are processed along with electronic signals, a semiconductor that is capable of emitting light is needed, which silicon can't do very well. Here gallium-arsenide (GaAs) is the workhorse, especially in the creation of light emitting diodes (LED) and LED lasers.

Posted: Apr 22nd, 2008

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Nanotechnology education summit in Albany

The City School District of Albany and the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering of the University at Albany will build on the success of their pioneering 'NanoHigh' program by partnering to present the first-ever Capital Region NanoEducation Summit on Wednesday, April 23 at CNSE's Albany NanoTech Complex.

Posted: Apr 22nd, 2008

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Scientists discover how the structure of plutonium nanocluster contaminants increases risk of spreading

For almost half a century, scientists have struggled with plutonium contamination spreading further in groundwater than expected, increasing the risk of sickness in humans and animals. It was known nanometer-sized clusters of plutonium oxide were the culprit, but until now no one had been able to study its structure or find a way to separate it from the groundwater.

Posted: Apr 22nd, 2008

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First Kavli awards to open World Science Festival

The World Science Festival will get underway in New York City on May 28 with an announcement naming the laureates of the three inaugural $1 million Kavli Prizes, honoring researchers in astrophysics, nanoscience, and neuroscience.

Posted: Apr 22nd, 2008

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The lovely smell of U.S. stagnation

It has become a cliche to point out that the Russian government is busy reviving various ideological and symbolic trappings of the Soviet Union. One of the most amusing ideological constructs in the writings of 'patriotic' pro-Kremlin commentators, as well as in the minds of ordinary Russians, is the growing belief that the U.S. economy is somehow a spent force.

Posted: Apr 22nd, 2008

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