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The joy of nano

There is an article over on the BBC News Magazine about the popularity of the word 'nano' in consumer products - latest example being the Tata Nano, the world's cheapest car rolled out in India this week.

Posted: Jan 12th, 2008

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Belgium's IMEC to establish liaison office in Taiwan

The Interuniversity Microelectronic Center (IMEC), Europe's leading independent research center in the field of micro- and nanoelectronics as well as nanotechnology, has decided to establish a liaison office in Taiwan to further encourage exchanges with this country.

Posted: Jan 12th, 2008

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Vote for your favorite Nano-Art work

37 nanoartists from 13 countries and 4 continents sent 121 NanoArt works to this second edition of the international competition. Public online voting is now open through March 31, 2008.

Posted: Jan 11th, 2008

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Chairman Wynn examines dangers of nanotechnology

On Wednesday, Congressman Albert R. Wynn (D-MD), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Environment and Hazardous Materials, convened a forum on nanotechnology and heard from some of the leading environmental, government and industry experts in the field.

Posted: Jan 11th, 2008

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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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