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Stakeholders applaud measure to develop nanotechnology EHS research roadmap

A diverse group of nanotechnology stakeholders, including non-governmental organizations, large and small companies and research organizations, applaud the inclusion in the Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2008 of a measure that will aid in the development and implementation of a comprehensive federal nanotechnology environmental, health, and safety (EHS) research strategy.

Posted: Jan 16th, 2008

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Nanotechnology goes underground to boost oil production

The Bureau of Economic Geology at The University of Texas at Austin's Jackson School of Geosciences announces the Advanced Energy Consortium (AEC), a multimillion-dollar research consortium dedicated to the development of micro and nanotechnology applications to increase oil and gas production.

Posted: Jan 16th, 2008

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America's poor scientific literacy

Don't worry about that sound. It's just the ghost of C.P. Snow lamenting the persistent gulf between what he long ago labeled the two cultures - science and the rest of learning. The latest survey results have just come out on what laymen know about science, and the picture, mainly concerning Americans, is not pretty. But on the bright side, though most of us know relatively little about it, we generally like it.

Posted: Jan 15th, 2008

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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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