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Molecular beauty

The New Straits Times in Malaysia carries a funny editorial that makes for a perfect Slow News Friday article. Nanotechnology is now being used for facial and hair care. But Shannon Teoh will have none of it. Because, he rails, beauty is being sacrificed for health in the process.

Posted: Jan 11th, 2008

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Europe launches new Joint Technology Initiatives

Joint Technology Initiatives (public-private partnerships, involving industry, the research community and public authorities) are proposed as a means to implement the Strategic Research Agendas of a limited number of European Technology Platforms.

Posted: Jan 11th, 2008

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Cell printout

The design of the human body is an excellent example of bioengineering, and this means engineers and chemists are able to apply their technical knowledge to the body. Suwan Jayasinghe, at University College London, is collaborating with other experts to apply the principles of ink-jet technology to create a viable method of 'printing' living cells.

Posted: Jan 11th, 2008

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Nanoparticles to clean up mercury emissions

Washington University in St. Louis is partnering with Chrysler LLC and a major Midwest utility company in a project to determine if paint solid residues from automobile manufacturing can reduce emissions of mercury from electric power plants.

Posted: Jan 11th, 2008

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Insulated nanowires bring molecular machines one step closer

In a development that brings superdense memory devices and molecule-sized machines a step closer to reality, scientists at Japan's Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN) have succeeded in creating 1-nanometer-thick electric wires with a layer of insulation.

Posted: Jan 11th, 2008

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Feeling the heat: Berkeley researchers make thermoelectric breakthrough in silicon nanowires

Energy now lost as heat during the production of electricity could be harnessed through the use of silicon nanowires synthesized via a technique developed by researchers with the Berkeley Lab and the University of California at Berkeley. The far-ranging potential applications of this technology include DOE's hydrogen fuel cell-powered 'Freedom CAR,' and personal power-jackets that could use heat from the human body to recharge cell-phones and other electronic devices.

Posted: Jan 10th, 2008

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Nanotechnology innovation may revolutionize gene detection in a single cell

Scientists at Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute have developed the world’s first gene detection platform made up entirely from self-assembled DNA nanostructures. The results could have broad implications for gene chip technology and may also revolutionize the way in which gene expression is analyzed in a single cell.

Posted: Jan 10th, 2008

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Forces out of nothing

Stuttgart-based physicists observe the critical Casimir force and use it to cancel out an effect that brings nanomachines to a standstill.

Posted: Jan 10th, 2008

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