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New funding charges energy research at UCL and LCN

Professors Neal Skipper and Franco Cacialli, of the London Centre for Nanotechnology (LCN) and the Department of Physics & Astronomy, University College London (UCL), have been awarded a GBP200,000 laboratory refurbishment grant to help them develop alternative fuel supplies for transport and electricity generation.

Posted: Feb 29th, 2008

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Forschungsstrategie Nanotechnologie erarbeitet

Die Bundesanstalt f. Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin (BAuA), das Bundesinstitut f. Risikobewertung (BfR) und das Umweltbundesamt (UBA) haben eine gemeinsame Forschungsstrategie 'Nanotechnologie: Gesundheits- und Umweltrisiken von Nanopartikeln' erarbeitet.

Posted: Feb 29th, 2008

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Biomagnetics developed for use in new breast cancer tests

A team from University College London has developed a new medical device which will make the early detection of breast cancer more cost effective and easier to administer. The team plans to use magnetic nanoparticles and an extremely sensitive magnetometer called the 'HistoMag' to detect cancerous cells in samples of breast tissue.

Posted: Feb 29th, 2008

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Prof posits metananocircuits as electronics' next frontier

A University of Pennsylvania professor is exploring an approach to nanotechnology that will allow circuit theory to operate in an entirely new regime - one where 'current' is no longer defined as the movement of electrons and holes, but instead as an electromagnetic wave.

Posted: Feb 29th, 2008

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China's top 10 events in basic research in 2007

Under the joint auspices of the Ministry of Sciences & Technology (MOST) and China Association for Science & Technology, more than 1,600 Chinese scholars including CAS and CAE members, chief scientists of the National Basic Research Program (dubbed 973 Program) and directors of national key labs, have voted for China's top 10 events basic research in 2007.

Posted: Feb 29th, 2008

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Breakthroughs in nanotechnology on edge of 'knowledge frontier'

University of Missouri scientist Kattesh Katti recently discovered how to make gold nanoparticles using gold salts, soybeans and water. Katti's research has garnered attention worldwide and the environmentally-friendly discovery could have major applications in several disciplines.

Posted: Feb 28th, 2008

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Single particles of light are now for sale

The world's first commercial source of individual photons (particles of light) using diamond based quantum technology has been developed by Quantum Communications Victoria (QCV) within the School of Physics at The University of Melbourne, Australia.

Posted: Feb 28th, 2008

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New method for creating tough metallic glass composites

Scientists at the California Institute of Technology have developed a new strategy for creating 'liquid metal' that makes it able to bend significantly without breaking, while retaining a strength twice that of titanium. It is among the toughest, or least brittle, known materials, and could be used anywhere that strong metal alloys are traditionally found, but may prove most useful in the aerospace industry, where lower density means fuel savings.

Posted: Feb 28th, 2008

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Nanotechnology: An insurer's perspective

February's Feature Article over at the Safenano website comes from David Baxter, Lead Researcher on Emerging Risks for Lloyd's of London. In this article, David introduces the concept of insuring new technologies, and discusses the issues presented to the insurance industry by nanotechnology.

Posted: Feb 28th, 2008

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Nanotechnology at the OECD

The OECD has prepared an overview of its work on nanotechnologies for Forum VI of the Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety (IFCS). This event will be held in Dakar, Senegal, September 15-19, 2008.

Posted: Feb 28th, 2008

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