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Nanocomposite solid-state lighting

Nanocrystal-based devices produce a higher quality white-light than current light sources and present an opportunity for higher efficiencies, say US scientists.

Posted: Jan 31st, 2008

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New adhesive mimics gecko toe hairs

A new anti-sliding adhesive developed by engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, may be the closest man-made material yet to mimic the remarkable gecko toe hairs that allow the tiny lizard to scamper along vertical surfaces and ceilings.

Posted: Jan 30th, 2008

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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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