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OECD issues final report for nanotechnology standards workshop

The International Workshop on Documentary Standards for Measurement and Characterisation in Nanotechnologies was held February 26-28, 2008 at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg (USA), in co-ordination with ISO, IEC, NIST and the OECD. The participants discussed the development, efficacy, harmonisation and uptake of documentary standards broadly relevant to the field of measurement and characterisation for nanotechnologies.

Posted: Jul 28th, 2008

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'Nanoblades' simplify assembly of magnets used in many advanced weapon systems

Ultra-strong, high-temperature, high-performance permanent magnet compounds, such as Samarium Cobalt, are the mainstay materials for several industries that rely on high-performance motor and power generation applications, including the Department of Defense (DOD) and the automotive industry. Until now, producing Samarium Cobalt has been a difficult and expensive multi-step process. Northeastern University researchers have broken new ground with an innovative invention of a rapid, high-volume and cost-effective one-step method for producing pure Samarium Cobalt rare earth permanent magnet materials.

Posted: Jul 28th, 2008

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Golden scales

Using the same technology with which they created the world's first fully functional nanotube radio, researchers with Berkeley Lab and the University of California (UC) at Berkeley have fashioned a nanoelectromechanical system (NEMS) that can function as a scale sensitive enough to measure the mass of a single atom of gold.

Posted: Jul 28th, 2008

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Scaling down to diamond quantum electronics

La Trobe physicist Chris Pakes is aiming to scale the technology down further into the realm of quantum physics. He and co-researchers are talking about one-dimensional nano-wires and individual atoms performing the tasks of transistors, not using silicon, but diamond.

Posted: Jul 28th, 2008

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NanoKTN launches HiPerNano focus group

This new venture will raise awareness and promote developments in nanomaterials for the high performance engineering industry. Members of the HiPerNano group have the opportunity to discuss materials challenges and developments with end-users and industry professionals.

Posted: Jul 28th, 2008

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ACS National Meeting Aug. 17-21 offers bounty of news and features

Thousands of scientists from around the world will gather in Philadelphia, PA, August 17-21 to report new discoveries in medicine, energy, environment, food science, and other fields that involve chemistry during the 236th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

Posted: Jul 28th, 2008

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Nanoparticles in sewage could escape into the environment

In a conventional sewage works, nanoparticles should really be bound in the sludge and should not represent a major problem in the aqueous effluent. This is not true, however, as shown by a new study of the ceramic model material cerium dioxide.

Posted: Jul 28th, 2008

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Ultraviolet convenience

Scientists have developed electrically powered semiconductor laser diodes that operate at a shorter wavelength than any others used today.

Posted: Jul 28th, 2008

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