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Physicist earns patent for materials weakness detection system

The first patent awarded to Southeastern Louisiana University through one of its faculty has the potential to identify weaknesses in structures ranging from massive bridge construction to the tiniest elements of nanotechnology no larger than a speck of dust on a pinhead.

Posted: Mar 4th, 2008

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Pentagon releases new analysis of China’s military development and strategy

The Pentagon on Monday released its latest analysis of China's military development and strategy and says that the country spent as much as $139 billion, more than three times its announced defense budget, modernizing its military forces last year and that China has gone from virtually no research or funding in nanotechnologies and processes five years ago, to being a close second to the United States in total government investment.

Posted: Mar 4th, 2008

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Biological electron transfer captured in real time

Two research teams led by Dr. Michael Verkhovsky and Prof. Marten Wikstrom of the Institute of Biotechnology of the University of Helsinki have for the first time succeeded in monitoring electron transfer by Complex I in real time. In the future, this work might, for example, have medical relevance, because most of the maternally inherited so-called mitochondrial diseases are caused by dysfunction of Complex I.

Posted: Mar 3rd, 2008

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Appelbaum wins NSF Career Award for research on silicon spintronics

Ian Appelbaum, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Delaware, has received the prestigious Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation for his pioneering research in the exciting next evolution of electronics known as spintronics.

Posted: Mar 3rd, 2008

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The march of the carbon nanotubes

Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory researchers have surpassed by a surprising margin the Department of Energy's goal for storing hydrogen within a unique material called carbon nanotubes.

Posted: Mar 3rd, 2008

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Rochester Institute of Technology to host new Pollution Prevention Institute

Governor Eliot Spitzer today announced the selection of the Rochester Institute of Technology as the host of the Pollution Prevention Institute, a cutting-edge research and development center to design and test 'green' manufacturing methods and provide technical support to businesses for pollution reduction measures that will help make them more competitive.

Posted: Mar 3rd, 2008

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Nanomedicine system engineered to enhance therapeutic effects of injectable drugs

In an article featured on the cover of the March issue of Nature Nanotechnology, Mauro Ferrari of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston presented a proof-of-concept study on a new multistage delivery system (MDS) for imaging and therapeutic applications. This discovery could go a long way toward making injectable drugs more effective.

Posted: Mar 3rd, 2008

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Physicists discover gold can be magnetic on the nanoscale

Physicists at the Georgia Institute of Technology have made important findings regarding gold on the nanoscale. They found that applying an electrical field on a surface-supported gold nanocluster changes its structure from a three-dimensional one to a planar flat structure. In another paper, they relate their discovery that gold in this size regime can be made magnetic through oxygenation of gold nanowires.

Posted: Mar 3rd, 2008

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From opals to optical chips

Materials known as photonic crystals could form the building blocks of future optical computers and micro-scale communications devices. Scientists have developed a low-cost and versatile way to make photonic crystals, and combined them in ways that bring optical 'transistors' a step closer.

Posted: Mar 2nd, 2008

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Inspired by Etch A Sketch, team invents technique for switching electrical properties at nanoscale

A University of Pittsburgh-led research team developed a process wherein the ability to conduct electricity can be turned on and off at nanoscale dimensions. This capability holds promise for more powerful and compact information technologies including ultra-high density information storage, reconfigurable logic devices, single-electron devices, and quantum computers.

Posted: Mar 2nd, 2008

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Nanotechnology helps change color of pearl

These pearls in various colors are produced by researchers from the Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University. The researchers use nanotechnology to make pearl in other colors.

Posted: Mar 2nd, 2008

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