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Keeping nanotechnology safe

The second generation of nanotechnology research will involve creating predictive models for the safe use of nanoparticles.

Posted: Jul 3rd, 2008

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Austria launches nanoimprint lithography project NILaustria

The Austrian government will fund a series of nanoimprint lithography (NIL) research projects. The NILaustria project will focus on large-area nanostructuring, using NIL to transfer different nanostructures to large surfaces in a cost-efficient manner.

Posted: Jul 2nd, 2008

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Study shows quantum dots can penetrate skin through minor abrasions

Researchers at North Carolina State University have found that quantum dot nanoparticles can penetrate the skin if there is an abrasion, providing insight into potential workplace concerns for healthcare workers or individuals involved in the manufacturing of quantum dots or doing research on potential biomedical applications of the tiny nanoparticles.

Posted: Jul 2nd, 2008

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Super atoms turn the periodic table upside down

Researchers at Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands have developed a technique for generating atom clusters made from silver and other metals. Surprisingly enough, these so-called super atoms (clusters of 13 silver atoms, for example) behave in the same way as individual atoms and have opened up a whole new branch of chemistry.

Posted: Jul 1st, 2008

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Trade Unions call for REACH amendment to cover nanomaterials

European labour unions have called on the European Commission to amend the REACH regulation on chemicals to better protect workers against nanomaterials throughout their lifecycle. Their call comes shortly after the EU executive argued that nanotechnology is already covered by existing EU regulation.

Posted: Jul 1st, 2008

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