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Nanotechnology shirt may someday power your iPod

Nanotechnology researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are developing a shirt that harvests energy from the wearer's physical motion and converts it into electricity for powering small electronic devices worn by soldiers in the field, hikers and other users.

Posted: Feb 13th, 2008

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Talk to the Experts about Nanotechnology R&D in Boston, Friday, Feb. 15

The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office, Arlington, Va., the Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, N.Y., and the National Science Foundation, Arlington, Va. invites media and members of the public to a roundtable on nanoenergy and nanomedicine on Feb. 15 in Boston.

Posted: Feb 13th, 2008

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Researchers make first direct observation of 3-D molecule folding in real time

Researchers at Stanford University are looking closer than ever at how the three-dimensional twists and turns in a riboswitch come together by grabbing it and tugging it straight. By physically pulling on this loopy RNA, they have determined for the first time how a three-dimensional molecular structure folds, step by step.

Posted: Feb 13th, 2008

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Emissions from photovoltaic life cycles

New photovoltaic technologies, such as the recent introduction of thin-film cadmium–telluride materials, have nearly doubled the efficiency of solar cells within the past few years. But the methods of making the materials used for photovoltaic cells, whether from silicon, metal, or other material, have raised doubts about the environmental friendliness of these passive energy collectors.

Posted: Feb 12th, 2008

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Bacteria and nanofilters - the future of clean water technology

Bacteria often get bad press, with those found in water often linked to illness and disease. But researchers at The University of Nottingham are using these tiny organisms alongside the very latest membrane filtration techniques to improve and refine water cleaning technology.

Posted: Feb 12th, 2008

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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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