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University of Arkansas to receive $4 million nanotechnology grant

Gov. Mike Beebe announced today that nanotechnology researchers at the University of Arkansas will receive a $4 million grant from the state's General Improvement Fund. The money will benefit research and facilities in the College of Engineering and the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences.

Posted: Jan 15th, 2008

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Dark, dark nanotechnology

An ideal black object absorbs all of the colors of light and reflects none of them. Researchers at Rice University have demonstrated a new concept based on a low-density nanotube array material that can be engineered to dramatically change an object’s index of refraction and nanoscale roughness, hence, its optical reflection.

Posted: Jan 15th, 2008

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Bacteria drop dead on killer surfaces

Work surfaces that kill bacteria on contact could soon be a reality in our homes and hospitals, thanks to researchers from the Curie Institute in Paris. The French group has developed a method for making surfaces bactericidal that it says is straightforward and versatile enough to be widely used.

Posted: Jan 15th, 2008

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Picking armchairs from zigzags

Nanotechnology researchers have spent the past few years developing a whole range of methods for separating different types of single-walled carbon nanotube (SWNT), from centrifuging them in a density gradient to attaching diazonium salts and then separating them by electrophoresis. But it now looks as though ion exchange chromatography might provide the best solution, not just being able to separate metallic SWNTs from semi-conducting SWNTs but able to separate every type of SWNT according to its specific electrical properties.

Posted: Jan 15th, 2008

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European Commission encourages development of 'innovative' foods

The Commission has proposed speeding up market authorisation for foods ranging from cloned meat to exotic products from third countries. But the proposed centralised authorisation system is raising questions at a time when the safety of GMOs is back under the spotlight.

Posted: Jan 15th, 2008

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IIT partners in global dialogue on tomorrow's technologies

The Center on Nanotechnology and Society is joining a new Washington, DC-based think tank, the Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies, and the University of Ulster to sponsor a global dialogue, bringing together leading figures from government, risk management, non-profits and the academic world from both sides of the Atlantic to brainstorm our response to tomorrow's technologies, later this month in London.

Posted: Jan 15th, 2008

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Nanotechnology in Coatings Symposium: Emerging Applications

Building on a very successful symposium on Nanotechnology offered in 2005, the Federation of Societies for Coatings Technology (FSCT) will host an Advancement in Coatings Series program on 'Nanotechnology in Coatings: Emerging Applications' in 2008.

Posted: Jan 14th, 2008

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Durham University leads UK research project into cheaper solar energy

A national team of scientists are embarking on one of the UK's largest ever research projects into photovoltaic solar energy. The £6.3 million PV-21 programme, led by experts at Durham University, will focus on making thin-film light absorbing cells for solar panels from sustainable and affordable materials.

Posted: Jan 14th, 2008

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T-cell 'nanotubes' may explain how HIV virus conquers human immune system

String-like connections found between T-cells could be important to how HIV spreads between cells in the human immune system, according to new research published online today in Nature Cell Biology. The newly-discovered strands, named 'membrane nanotubes' by scientists, could help to explain how the HIV virus infects human immune cells so quickly and effectively.

Posted: Jan 14th, 2008

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The Nanoethics Group to speak at Nanotechnology Law & Commerce Forum

The Nanoethics Group today announced that its co-founder, Dr. Fritz Allhoff, is scheduled to speak next week at the 'Nanotechnology Law & Commerce: Business at One-Billionth of a Meter' forum hosted by Chadbourne & Parke LLP on January 31 at the law firm's offices in New York City.

Posted: Jan 14th, 2008

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