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Micron Foundation pledges $1.25m for University of Utah nanotechnology

The University of Utah today announced a $1.25 million pledge from the Micron Technology Foundation to support the development of a nanofabrication teaching and research laboratory as a core facility in the new Utah Science, Technology and Research (USTAR) building now under development on the university's campus.

Posted: Feb 12th, 2008

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DNA the link in nanoparticle construction

Previous efforts at building with DNA in three dimensions have most often yielded amorphous aggregates. Two independent groups have systematically studied the requirements for the DNA strands, and successfully directed gold nanoparticles to form three-dimensional crystals.

Posted: Feb 12th, 2008

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One electron makes all the difference

A research team from the department of condensed matter physics of the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid working in collaboration with the research group lead by professor Christian Schoenenberger at the University of Basel in Switzerland, have discovered that just an electron sets the conductive properties of a carbon nanotube.

Posted: Feb 12th, 2008

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Research team identifies novel anti-cancer drug from the sea

A collaborative team of researchers spearheaded by Dennis Carson M.D., professor of medicine and director of the Rebecca and John Moores UCSD Cancer Center at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) has identified a potent new anti-cancer drug isolated from a toxic blue-green algae found in the South Pacific.

Posted: Feb 11th, 2008

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Telecom research leads to solar cell breakthrough

Semiconductor insights gained by engineering physics researchers at McMaster University for the telecommunications industry have led to a research breakthrough in the future development of high-efficiency solar cells.

Posted: Feb 11th, 2008

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Wisconsin first in country to eye mandatory nanotechnology registry

In December, Rep. Terese Berceau (D-Madison) began calling for a statewide registry to account for what nanoscale materials are being produced and in what amounts. Citing myriad unknowns about the toxicological properties of nanomaterials, Berceau says it’s imperative for regulators to find ways to minimize any risks these suboptical particles might pose.

Posted: Feb 11th, 2008

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SEMATECH achieves single digit EUV mask blank defect goal

Technologists at SEMATECH have successfully demonstrated world-class results in low defect density for mask blanks used in extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUVL) - pushing the technology another significant step toward readiness for advanced manufacturing.

Posted: Feb 11th, 2008

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Huskies add flavor - green dog, nano dog, and alumni dog

People walking around Northeastern University campus may notice some new additions to outdoor scenery - husky statues. The statues, sponsored by Northeastern and the visual arts department, aim to bring art and creativity to campus while promoting some of the school's achievements. Nano Dog was created in recognition of Northeastern's efforts in nanomanufacturing research.

Posted: Feb 11th, 2008

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