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New method for creating self-assembling, nanoscale materials

A team from The Scripps Research Institute unveiled a novel approach that yields a material with novel properties, which some might find reminiscent of Flubber. The material is produced using naturally occurring proteins as templates for uniform, self-assembled, nano-scale construction.

Posted: Jan 30th, 2008

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Tiny magnets to repel drug counterfeiters

A large pharmaceutical packaging company is hoping that nanotech security tags devised by a small Singaporean firm will help it combat counterfeit drugs. India-based drug supplier Bilcare says it is in talks with Indian pharmaceutical companies to commercialise the nanoscale magnetic fingerprinting technology by Singular ID, a spin-out they bought for SGD 19.58 million ($14 million) earlier this month.

Posted: Jan 30th, 2008

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Nanomedicine research for prostate cancer supported by $5 million gift

The Prostate Cancer Foundation, largely through the generosity of David H. Koch, has given $5 million to four institutions, including Weill Cornell Medical College, to support novel research in prostate cancer. The gift is one of the largest-ever individual donations for prostate cancer research.

Posted: Jan 30th, 2008

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Prestigious European grants for top TU Delft researchers Scarano and Vandersypen

Dr Fulvio Scarano and Prof. Lieven Vandersypen of TU Delft are each to receive an ERC Starting Grant from the European Research Council. Their proposals, together with those of about 300 other researchers, were selected from over 9,000 applications. The ERC Starting Grant is a subsidy which is awarded for a period of five years to scientists who lead an independent team or programme and who have the potential to develop into world-class researchers.

Posted: Jan 30th, 2008

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Screen-printed solar cells

Members of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE are traveling to Tokyo with bulky luggage these days. Their destination is Nanotech 2008, the world's largest trade fair for nanotechnology. Their solar module, which they will be presenting in the BMBF marketing campaign 'Nanotech Germany', is the size and shape of a door: two meters high and sixty centimeters wide.

Posted: Jan 30th, 2008

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Magnetism loses under pressure

Researchers from the Carnegie Institution's Geophysical Laboratory, together with colleagues at the Advanced Photon Source of Argonne National Laboratory, have found that when magnetite is subjected to pressures between 120,000 and 160,000 times atmospheric pressure its magnetic strength declines by half. They discovered that the change is due to what is called electron spin pairing.

Posted: Jan 29th, 2008

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