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30 - 11- 2004

Nano Medicine : Canada



University of Toronto researchers have developed a new class of hybrid materials that could one day move drug delivery systems to the molecular level.

The paper published in the Nov. 26 issue of Science outlines how a U of T research team combined two classes of nanomaterials to create an entirely new composite structure. This new porous architecture may one day act as a nanoscale sieve, enabling researchers to release drug molecules in a slow and controlled way. "We hope one day to create a film of this material and spread it on the skin," says the paper's senior author University Professor Geoffrey Ozin of the Department of Chemistry. "By doing so, drugs can be diffused through the skin, rather than injection, which would guarantee a continuous flow of a drug molecule at a tunable rate and concentration."...read the wave



Nano Medicine : USA

Astronaut's eyes may become windows
on the bloodstream


ANN ARBOR, Mich.---Our eyes may become more than windows of the soul if a multidisciplinary team of University of Michigan researchers succeeds with a clever combination of nanoparticles and ultrafast pulsed laser to see individual cells as they zip past in the bloodstream.

The U-M team of physicians, scientists and engineers has $3 million from NASA to determine a way of detecting radiation exposure on the fly by looking for individual cells that have been harmed. Now, such cell counting is only achieved by drawing blood and using an expensive machine called a cytometer, operated by a skilled lab technician...read the wave




Mini Generator Has Enough Power
to Run Electronics

New microengines would be smaller, last 10 times longer than batteries


ATLANTA — It may be tiny, but a new microgenerator developed at Georgia Tech can now produce enough power to run a small electronic device, like a cell phone, and may soon be able to power a laptop...read the wave



| Emerging Nanotechnology Firms and Access to Capital Markets |



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On August 4, 2004, Nanosys Inc. withdrew its Initial Public Offering application. Nanosys was widely viewed as the first start-up focused exclusively on nanotechnology to seek to go public. The offering was perceived to be a litmus test for investor interest in the field and many hoped it would clear the way for more nanotech IPOs. Nanosys’ withdrawal, however, made financing prospects for nanotech companies in both public and private markets unclear. A scholarly analysis of the outlook for future nanotech financing activities is urgently needed and in this article, R. Douglas Moffat and Ruben Serrato explore current capital market conditions for nanotech companies seeking funding.

| article courtesy of Nanotechnology Law & Business |

Nano Medicine : USA

Improved Molecular Switch
Could Serve as Sensor, Medical Tool


Newswise — Improving significantly on an early prototype, Johns Hopkins University researchers have found a new way to join two unrelated proteins to create a molecular switch, a nanoscale “device” in which one biochemical partner controls the activity of the other. Lab experiments have demonstrated that the new switch performs 10 times more effectively than the early model and that its “on-off” effect is repeatable.

The new technique to produce the molecular switch and related experimental results are reported in the November issue of the journal Chemistry & Biology. The paper builds on earlier research, led by Marc Ostermeier, which demonstrated that it was possible to create a fused protein in which one component sends instructions to the other. The second then carries out the task...read the wave



Nano News : EU

Revamped CORDIS service on nanotechnology reflects huge importance of the very small


CORDIS, the Community Research and Development Information Service, has launched a newly revamped information service on 'nanotechnology', bringing together news and information from diverse sources on developments in technologies based on nano-scale engineering.

Nanotechnology applications include health care, information and communication technologies, materials sciences, manufacturing, instrumentation, energy, security and space. Reflecting this growing importance, the European Commission held a public consultation on the future of nanotechnology in Europe, following its communication 'Towards a European strategy for nanotechnology' in May 2004. An action plan is in preparation, and initiatives in this area have been coordinated via the Irish and Dutch Presidencies, as well as the NanoForum, an EU sponsored thematic network for the business, scientific and social communities....read the wave



| A special interview with Dr. Mihail C. ROCO |



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Japan Nanonet Bulletin had an opportunity to interview him about his visions for the U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative during his visit to the National Institute for Materials Science at Tsukuba, Japan in February 2003.

This interview article was revised in October 2004.

This is the part I of this interview. The part II contains the objective of NBIC Convergence project, societal implications and international collaboration on nanotechnology. The part II will be issued on December 9, 2004

| article courtesy of Japan Nanonet Bulletin |

Nano Biz : USA

FEI to Build World's Highest-Resolution
Electron Microscope for U.S. Department of Energy's Team Project


HILLSBORO, Ore., PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- FEI Company (Nasdaq: FEIC) have announced that it has been selected by the several laboratories that have combined to form the TEAM project, as the R&D partner for building the highest resolution scanning - transmission electron microscope ((S)TEM) in the world. TEAM is a multi-million dollar microscopy project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Basic Energy Sciences. The project calls for a new microscope that will enable extraordinary new scientific opportunities for direct observation and analysis of individual nanostructures at an unprecedented resolution of 0.5 Angstrom -- approximately one-third the size of a carbon atom -- a key dimension for atomic level research...read the wave



Quantum Computing

New physics proof bridges gap between two disciplines, opens doors for medicine


(PRLEAP.COM) SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA – November 29, 2004. Advanced Electrical Engineer and physics theorist William T. Gray today released his “Wave-Particle Duality” proof. The mathematical proof, online at www.MQNF.com, provides the first ever predictability for quantum behaviors through an explanation of the experimentally observed but little understood wave-particle relationship...read the wave



Nano Products : Global

Nanotechengineering to make big splash in sports


Sometime in 2005, startup company NanoDynamics plans to sell a nanotech golf ball that promises to dramatically reduce hooks and slices for even the most frustrated of weekend golfers.

That will be a hint of the future of sports.

NanoDynamics says it’s figured out how to alter the materials in a golf ball at the molecular level so the weight inside shifts less as the ball spins. The less it shifts, the straighter even a badly hit ball will go...read the wave



Future Technology : Switzerland

Swiss say 'yes' to stem cell research


Switzerland has become the first country in the world to ask its citizens whether scientists should be allowed to carry out research on the stem cells of human embryos. The referendum provided a resounding 'yes' to government proposals, with 66.4 per cent of voters giving their approval.

Tight restrictions will remain on Swiss stem cell research, with stem cell production limited to embryos no more than seven days old. Therapeutic cloning and trade in embryos will be prohibited, along with research on the embryos themselves...read the wave



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Microscopic medical care on horizon

Nanotechnology could hold the cure for many ailments


Nanotechnology's bag of tricks for inventing new molecules and manipulating those available naturally could be dazzling in its potential to improve health care.

Evidence is accumulating that nanotechnology may enable better early warning systems for cancer and heart disease, cures for progressive diseases such as cystic fibrosis, techniques for making implants such as artificial hips more successful, and even provide artificial kidneys...read the wave



Nano News : South Korea

Korean Scientists Make Nanotech Breakthrough


A team of Korean scientists was successful in developing a revolutionary technology to mass produce nontoxic uniform nanoparticles, a must in various futuristic applications.

It is the first time ever a technology for mass production of nontoxic uniform particles was developed although small-scale production technology has been tried outside Korea...read the wave


Nano Medicine : USA


New US nanotech alliance follows in footsteps of EU research networks


In an interesting turnabout, the US National Cancer Institute (NCI) has just launched a new scheme to jumpstart nanotechnology-based cancer treatments and standards which seems to draw on the EU’s new research instruments under the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6).

On 13 September, the NCI formally unveiled what it calls the Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer, a five-year $144.3 million (just over €110 million) initiative to help private and public sector researchers to develop and launch nanotech-based products and standards to tackle the deadly disease..read the wave


Future Technology

Robots are being developed to help people, not replace them


C-3PO and R2D2 might be part of tomorrow's work force. But vacuum-cleaners robots, medical robots, surveillance robots, underwater robots and demolition robots are working today.

And rather than replacing humans, robots are creating a booming job market for engineers, software developers and other technical professionals...read the wave



Quantum Internet : Denmark

Danish Researchers Break the Limits of the Internet


The Internet is getting faster and faster – something which we all take for granted. However, communication on the Internet takes place via tiny pulses of light that are constantly becoming weaker as the network handles the increasing flow of information. Soon, we will reach the limit for how weak the pulses can be and still be able to function as information carriers. When that happens, we will have reached the limit for the Internet as we know it today.

But this is not a limit that can stop these Danish physicists. A new type of Internet, a so-called Quantum Internet, where information is...read the wave



Nano News : Finland

Finland invests €70 million euros in nanotechnology


Tekes launches FinNano technology programme on 1st January 2005. The total duration of the programme is five years, 2005 – 2009. The costs of the programme are € 45 million, including € 25 million in research funding, and € 20 million in corporate financing. The total volume of the programme is approx. 70 million euros.

The idea of the nanotechnology programme is to study, exploit and commercialise nanoscale systems and phenomena occurring on a nanoscale. Nanotechnology is horizontal and enabling and is associated with a minimum of three things: scale, functionality and the controllability of nanostructure. The approach is genuinely multidisciplinary.

The objective is to make Finnish research organisations into...read the wave



Nano News : USA

Hot world of cold atoms


WILLIAM Phillips works in what's definitely a three-dimensional physics laboratory in Gaithersburg, Maryland. But he has spent the past few months stuffing three-dimensional atoms into a one-dimensional world - just to see what happens.

"Weird things happen when you change the dimensions of the world you live in," says the multi-dimensional Phillips, a Nobel laureate, physicist and head of the laser cooling and trapping group of the US National Institute of Standards and Technology.

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Nano News : New Zealand

Boost for NZ nanotechnology


US nanotech organization NanoDynamics has signed a joint venture agreement with New Zealand-based technology company, Nano Cluster Devices (NCD).

The American company plans to commercialise NCD’s process for self-assembly of nano wires specifically for the production of semiconductors and other electronics.

Under the agreement, NanoDynamics will be responsible for sales and application development, targeting semiconductor companies and consumer applications among others. NCD will be responsible for further advancing the technology.

NCD, in conjunction with the University of Canterbury, has developed a method to produce “electrically-conducting nano wires through the deposition of atomic clusters onto lithographically prepared templates”.

The technology is said to produce...read the wave



Nano Optics : Global

Nanopositioning: fighting the myths

The need to align optical equipment and samples to within a nanometre is now crucial in many industries. Stefan Vorndran describes the technology that makes it possible.


Nanopositioning - the means of controlling motion on the nanometre scale - is now a key enabling technology in high-tech fields such as semiconductor test and measurement, photonics alignment, scanning microscopy and microlithography.

However, selecting the most appropriate nanopositioning stage doesn't only involve finding one with the required level of resolution and accuracy. A potential buyer must also...read the wave



Nano News : USA

Nano World: The rise of nanotech secrets


New York, NY, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Nanotechnology ideas that define how devices or parts are made most often are defended visibly with patents, but in the future the field may see the rise of secrecy to protect these crucial concepts. "In terms of what is trumpeted by companies, I would say the patents are likely to be eclipsed by trade secrets," Matthew Nordan, vice president of research at the nanotechnology analysis firm Lux Research in New York, told...read the wave



Nano News : USA

Nanotech may help autos cut fuel use

Dow Chemical and Veeco Instruments team up on a scanner to find lighter and stronger materials.


Dow Chemical Co. and Veeco Instruments, Inc. are teaming up to produce a scanning device to measure the mechanical properties of nanocomposites that the federal government hopes will lead to stronger, lighter, more fuel-efficient cars and faster, more reliable computer chips.

Nanocomposites are materials made up of particles smaller in diameter than 100 nanometers. Nanoscale materials have shown much promise for manufacturing, often being lighter and stronger than materials made of larger component parts.

Midland-based Dow and Veeco, a scientific instruments company in Woodbury, N.Y., were awarded a ...read the wave


24 - 11- 2004

Nano Medicine : USA



WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Researchers at Purdue University have shown that artificial joints might be improved by making the implants out of tiny carbon tubes and filaments that are all aligned in the same direction, mimicking the alignment of collagen fibers and natural ceramic crystals in real bones.

The researchers already have shown in a series of experiments that bone cells in Petri dishes attach better to materials that possess smaller surface bumps than are found on conventional materials used to make artificial joints. The smaller features also stimulate the growth of more new bone tissue, which is critical for the proper attachment of artificial joints once they are implanted.
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Nano Medicine : France

France aims to be European leader in biomedicine


France must take advantage of the biotechnology revolution to take lead and capture a share of the growing market for biological drugs, the French drug industry organisation LEEM has urged.

LEEM's first proposal is for lifesciences and nanosciences to be made an absolute priority in research and development (R&D). With this objective in mind, LEEM recommends that the new Agence Nationale de la Recherche (National Research Agency) should spend 60 per cent of its budget (one billion euro a year) on the life sciences, as well as nano- and biotechnology...read the wave



Nano Energy : USA

Alternative Energy Consortium


RENO, NV -- (MARKET WIRE) - Altair Nanotechnologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALTI), in collaboration with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Research Foundation (UNLVRF) and Hydrogen Solar LLC, have announced the consortium has received a $3 million grant award from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The fund is for joint research activities related to solar hydrogen production at a refilling station that is under development in Las Vegas. Vehicle integration testing and demonstration will also be included in the project.

Under the terms of the multi-year grant Altair will receive $400,000 for collaborative research and development efforts through its subcontractor agreement with UNLVRF. Additional project partners include University of Nevada Center for Energy Research (UNLVCER), Proton Energy Systems (PES), and the Las Vegas Valley Water District...read the wave


" Look…its not about the Science its about the Money ! "
Ada C. Nielsen
Manager Commercial Development, BP Chemicals Inc.

Nano News : Canada

Unique electron microscope coming to nanotech facility


EDMONTON, AB--The National Institute for Nanotechnology (NINT) of the National Research Council will soon be home to a unique transmission electron microscope (TEM).

The NINT has recently contracted for a Hitachi HF 3300 TEM equipped with a cold field emission gun. The first instrument of its kind in the world, this microscope will assist researchers by allowing them to characterize individual nano-structures (such as nanotubes) by taking quantitative measurements of samples at an atomic resolution.

The facility has also purchased a...read the wave



Nano Textiles : Mexico

Nanomaterials help stop bullets


Nanomaterials have been used to improve the performance of bullet-proof vests.

The additives are chemically attached to well-known materials such as Kevlar.

Professor Victor Castano, of the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, says that ceramic nanoparticles could be chemically attached to the surface of previously-modified Kevlar 29 fibre, using an organic coupling agent between the fibre and the particles...read the wave



Nano Products : USA

New Process Could Lead to Carbon Nanotube Price Cut


Potential applications for carbon nanotubes--tiny straws of pure carbon just billionths of a meter wide--are wide ranging. But manufacturing them is a complicated process that is expensive and often tedious because of the number of steps required to remove impurities. A report published in the current issue of Science describes a simple approach to improving a common synthetic approach: just water it down. The resulting nanotubes were more than 99.98 percent pure without requiring additional refinement.
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Nano Biz : USA

Accelrys Launches Nanotechnology Consortium

Consortium Brings Together Industry, Scientists and Academia to Spur Nanotechnology Innovation


SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Enabling companies to bring nano-products to market more quickly and with reduced risk, Accelrys, Inc. (NASDAQ:ACCL), a leader in computer-aided nanodesign (CAN), have announced the launch of the Accelrys Nanotechnology Consortium. The goal of the Nanotech Consortium is to accelerate the development of software tools that enable the design of nanomaterials and nanodevices. Additionally, the Consortium will enhance nanotechnology R&D by fostering collaboration between scientists and engineers, two traditionally disparate groups within organizations. The Consortium provides a project framework and a detailed scientific proposal that addresses the challenges of rational nanomaterials and nanodevice design...read the wave



Nano Biz : USA

Nanogen Issued Patent for Device That Combines Optical Waveguides and Molecular Diagnostics


SAN DIEGO, PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Nanogen, Inc. (NASDAQ:NGEN) , developer of advanced diagnostic products, announced today that it was issued U.S. Patent No. 6,821,729, "Device for Molecular Biological Analysis and Diagnostics Including Waveguides," by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The '729 patent covers methods and technologies for coupling optical waveguides with a DNA microarray used for performing biological operations and illuminating it at an angle that allows the size and complexity of the diagnostic instrument to be reduced. Nanogen continues to build its patent portfolio with the '729 patent marking the company's 78th patent issued in the U.S...read the wave



Future Technology : Israel +Germany



Jerusalem, – For the first time anywhere, scientists from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and from Germany have succeeded in producing self-assembled spider web fibers under laboratory conditions, outside of the bodies of spiders. This fiber is significantly stronger than the silk fiber made by silkworms.

The achievement by the research team, described in an article in the Nov. 23 issue of Current Biology, opens the way to commercial development of this spider fiber for numerous industrial applications.

Silk has been in use by mankind for thousands of years. However, unlike silkworms, spiders are territorial in nature and thus not subject to domestication and commercial growth in quantities.
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23 - 11- 2004

Nano Research : USA

U-M researchers admire nature’s
nano-motors, want some of their own


ANN ARBOR, Mich.---Legendary CalTech physicist Richard Feynman closed his seminal 1959 talk on the potential of nanotechnology by offering a prize to the first person who developed an electric motor in a 1/64th -inch cube.

But nature already had nanotechnology nailed. To utter those words and to gesticulate as he spoke, Feynman was relying on biological motors throughout his body that were 20,000 times smaller than the device he imagined and far more efficient than anything our species has ever built.

Rather than re-invent the nano-motor, scientists and engineers at the University of Michigan are looking at these self-assembled, ultra-efficient, incredibly small, natural motors that exist all around us and within us...read the wave



Worldwide Services and Infrastructure
for Nano- and Microproduction

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NanoTsunami readers know that a large number of applications and markets could be served by products based on the various micro nano technologies (MNT). However, the variety of MNT manufacturing technologies also poses a threat to the commercial breakthrough of MNT. With so many technologies available, most of them not yet standardised, and non-availability of standard equipment for several of them, how can MNT become commercially successful?

| by Patric Salomon & Henne van Heeren

Nano Research : Austria

Superconductivity - Electrons in Single File Provide New Insights


A team at the University of Innsbruck, Austria has been successful in conducting electrons in metals along predetermined channels. This behaviour, observed for the first time in metals, provides important insights into the interactions of electrons - and on how the phenomenon of the current flow without any resistance loss, termed super-conductivity, can occur. Thereby this project aided by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) combines fundamental research, at its best, with potential applications in the future...read the wave



Following Mr. Robinson’s Advice: The Story of Nanosys



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Venture capitalists have demonstrated a keen interest in nanotechnology. Some investors even predict that the field could represent the next great technological wave. Yet, few start-up companies have attracted substantial venture financing. One exception to this general trend is Nanosys, which has been able to raise $55 million in private equity since its inception. In this article, CEO Larry Bock explains why investors have been willing to bet on Nanosys. He discusses Nanosys’ technology, scientific talent, intellectual property, management, and business strategy

| article courtesy of Nanotechnology Law & Business

Nano Electronics : Germany

Infineon Unveils World`s Smallest Nanotube Transistor


In its tireless efforts to create smaller and more powerful structures for integrated circuits, Infineon Technologies AG (FSE/NYSE: IFX) has achieved a further breakthrough in its Munich laboratories: researchers here have constructed the world's smallest nanotube transistor, with a channel length of only 18 nm - the most advanced transistors currently in production are almost four times this size. To build their nanotransistor, the researchers grew carbon nanotubes, each one measuring only 0.7 to 1.1 nm in diameter, in a controlled process. A single human hair is around 100,000 times thicker by comparison...read the wave


" Look…its not about the Science its about the Money ! "
Ada C. Nielsen
Manager Commercial Development, BP Chemicals Inc.

Nano Textiles : USA

'Self-cleaning' suits may be in your future


Sending your favorite suit to the dry cleaners could one day become an infrequent practice. Researchers at Clemson University are developing a highly water-repellant coating made of silver nanoparticles that they say can be used to produce suits and other clothing items that offer superior resistance to dirt as well as water and require much less cleaning than conventional fabrics.

The patented coating — a polymer film (polyglycidyl methacrylate) mixed with...read the wave



Nano Debate : Australia

Public shares nanotech fears


CSIRO needs to be more open about multimillion dollar developments like nanotechnology, and do a better job at including the public in setting its research agenda, a new report has found.

The report is of a CSIRO-hosted workshop in Bendigo, regional Victoria, designed to elicit public views on the emerging science of nanotechnology, the science and technology of manipulating matter at the atomic scale.

As a result of the discussions, the CSIRO project team that organised the workshop drew up a check-list of community issues. The team said this could be part of CSIRO's response to community needs on technology...read the wave



Nano Products : Global

Wanna fix a game? Nanotech is here


Help is on the horizon for sports enthusiasts who perform badly. American scientists say their game can be fixed with nanotechnology.

Nanotechnology allows molecules to be manipulated into hitherto unimaginably strong and light shapes — and can create materials that cut friction and inhibit the growth of smell-producing bacteria...read the wave



Nano Meet : Germany + Israel

Saarland business and science delegation to visit next week


Four managers of nanotechnology companies will discuss possible joint projects with Israeli companies and research institutes.

A delegation of industrialists and scientists from Saarland, Germany will visit Israel next week to discuss possible joint projects with Israeli companies and research institutes.

Saarland Business Development Authority chairman Thomas Schuck will head the delegation, accompanied by four managers of nanotechnology companies that develop and manufacture a range of products...read the wave



Nano Batteries : USA

Smart Battery


mPhase Technologies Inc. announced it has entered into an agreement with Lucent Technologies to develop nanotechnology-based power cell technology. Bell Labs, the R&D arm of Lucent Technologies, and the New Jersey Nanotech Consortium at Bell Labs, have developed prototypes of this technology, which may lead to superior battery shelf life and rapid activation times. In addition to meeting the demand for high-power, long-life battery capacity for electronic devices, other potential uses for the new “Smart Battery” may include emergency and reserve power applications.

Bell Labs scientists and engineers recently made a significant breakthrough in...read the wave



Future Technology : UK

New Tissueflex System Makes Artificial Liver Cell Cultivation an Attractive and Viable Option


The drug development process from the discovery of an optimised lead then on to market is typically a seven to ten year process. It is well known to be an expensive process with a high risk of failure as recent high profile cases have shown. But even after extensive clinical trials new drugs can prove to be ineffective or at worst dangerous to humans. With this in mind, Bioengineers at the University of Oxford have developed a simple yet sophisticated solution to the problem of toxicity testing for new drugs. The new system named Tissueflex is a...read the wave


20 / 21 - 11- 2004

Worldwide Services and Infrastructure
for Nano- and Microproduction

...read the wave

NanoTsunami readers know that a large number of applications and markets could be served by products based on the various micro nano technologies (MNT). However, the variety of MNT manufacturing technologies also poses a threat to the commercial breakthrough of MNT. With so many technologies available, most of them not yet standardised, and non-availability of standard equipment for several of them, how can MNT become commercially successful?

| by Patric Salomon & Henne van Heeren

Nano Products : UK + Australia + Japan

No drilling, no filling in painless dentistry


A new way of treating tooth decay which means the end of both the injection and the dentist's drill is being introduced into this country.The method, popular in Australia and Japan, uses a special disinfectant, activated by laser, to kill instead of drill out the bacteria.

The tooth can then rebuild itself aided by a porous sealant and a tooth mousse, which is used at home and promotes tooth growth.

The revolutionary "no pain" dentistry is being pioneered by Myles Dakin, a private dentist with practices in Hertfordshire and London...read the wave



Following Mr. Robinson’s Advice: The Story of Nanosys



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Venture capitalists have demonstrated a keen interest in nanotechnology. Some investors even predict that the field could represent the next great technological wave. Yet, few start-up companies have attracted substantial venture financing. One exception to this general trend is Nanosys, which has been able to raise $55 million in private equity since its inception. In this article, CEO Larry Bock explains why investors have been willing to bet on Nanosys. He discusses Nanosys’ technology, scientific talent, intellectual property, management, and business strategy

| article courtesy of Nanotechnology Law & Business
" Look…its not about the Science its about the Money ! "
Ada C. Nielsen
Manager Commercial Development, BP Chemicals Inc.

Nano News : Iran

First nanotechnology center established in Kashan University


Tehran, Nov 19, IRNA -- Chancellor of Kashan University said the first nanotechnology research center was established in Kashan University this academic year (started September 22).
Hassan Daqiq added as per the approval of Development Council for Higher Education of Science, Research and Technology Ministry the first nanotechnology research center, divided into 3 research groups including carbonic structures, thin layers and nanoparticles, was established in Kashan...read the wave



Nano Products : UK + Australia + Japan

No drilling, no filling in painless dentistry


A new way of treating tooth decay which means the end of both the injection and the dentist's drill is being introduced into this country.The method, popular in Australia and Japan, uses a special disinfectant, activated by laser, to kill instead of drill out the bacteria.

The tooth can then rebuild itself aided by a porous sealant and a tooth mousse, which is used at home and promotes tooth growth.

The revolutionary "no pain" dentistry is being pioneered by Myles Dakin, a private dentist with practices in Hertfordshire and London...read the wave



Nano Medicine : USA

Indo-Americans Push Towards Nanomedicine


Today’s nanotechnology is developing at several levels: materials, devices and systems. The nanomaterials level is the most advanced at present, both in scientific knowledge and in commercial applications. A decade ago, nanoparticles were studied because of their size-dependent physical and chemical properties. Now they have entered a commercial exploration period.

Although nanomedicine has no official definition yet, most experts describe it as using nanometer-sized particles -- which are thousands of times thinner than a human hair -- to detect and treat diseases at the molecular level...read the wave



Nearly Nano : Weekend news

Physics Prof Develops System to Monitor Cement Curing


Newswise — An Elizabethtown College professor has developed an embedded sensor that functions in cement much like a thermometer in the Thanksgiving turkey.

“The thermometer indicates if the turkey is done by measuring its internal temperature,” said Nathaniel Hager III, an adjunct faculty member in Elizabethtown’s physics and engineering department. “The embedded sensor does the same thing in concrete by monitoring how quickly water involved in the curing process is chemically combining with portland cement.”...read the wave



Nano Electronics : Global

Nano World: Chipping away at chip size


NEW YORK -- New approaches to building microchips are needed to keep computer power steadily advancing as it has for the past 30 years, and that means chip features must shrink to the order of nanometers -- or billionths of a meter.

There are 10 methods competing for market share in this multibillion-dollar industry sector.

"Scientists have used every trick in the book to wring every last bit of performance out of...read the wave



Nano Medicine : USA

Nanotechnology to benefit drug discovery


The socio-political impact of Nanotechnology on molecular targeting and site specific drug delivery is set to become a trillion-dollar industry with the pharmaceutical sector’s economic and technological leadership key to the growth of the technology.

In addition, lab chips and microfluidics were singled out as the next nanotechnology breakthrough format in drug discovery. Liquid handling and microfluidics has made a breakthrough in...read the wave



Nano Medicine : USA

Unique Chemical Bond


Corvallis - Biochemists at Oregon State University have “re-discovered” and characterized an important type of chemical bond – the “halogen bond” - that once formed the basis for a Nobel Prize, but has been largely ignored for decades and never explored for its potential value in medical or pharmaceutical research.

These basic findings are outlined in the current edition of...read the wave


18 - 11- 2004

Nano Research : USA

Chemist Breaks 50-Year-Old Barrier to Better Electron Representation


Newswise — University of Chicago quantum chemist David Mazziotti has proposed a new research tool that could help scientists more rapidly solve problems in atmospheric chemistry, combustion, medicine and other areas of research where the behavior of electrons plays a key role.

"We're in the pioneering stage so we're not going to go and treat all of these problems right away," said Mazziotti, an Assistant Professor in Chemistry. But with his new method, "we can do chemistry that cannot be done otherwise," he said...read the wave



Nano Research : USA

ANSI-NSP Releases Priority Recommendations Related to Nanotechnology Standardization Needs


From the definition of the term "nano," to particle size and shape, to environmental impact, a series of recommendations released from the Nanotechnology Standards Panel of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI-NSP) provides a broad framework from which standards work in this emerging area of technology can be approached. The ANSI-NSP serves as the cross-sector coordinating body for standards in the area of nanotechnology and provides the forum within which stakeholders can work cooperatively to promote, accelerate, and coordinate the timely development of useful voluntary consensus standards...read the wave



Nano Environment : UK

Green Plus Helps Taxi Drivers in London Lower Emissions and Save Fuel


LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)---London's famous diesel "black cabs" are now running cleaner and more economically thanks to the addition of Green Plus in their fuel. Biofriendly Corporation and its sister company in Europe, Green Plus Limited, announced that they have received a letter of endorsement from British Clean Fuels, a fuel company in London known for its service to taxis in London. Green Plus is a liquid fuel combustion catalyst that can be added to diesel, gasoline, marine and other fuels...read the wave



Creating artificial nanofossils | by Seiji SHINKAI

Silica nanotubes and right- and left-handed nanohelices are various types of silica superstructures, which have been created by Prof. Shinkai. He developed a method to transcribe various shapes of aggregated organic molecules into
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17 - 11- 2004

Nano Research : USA

UO's molecular 'claws' trap arsenic atoms

Discovery could eventually lead to improved
treatments for arsenic poisoning


EUGENE, Ore.--Chemists at the University of Oregon have hit upon a way to build a molecular "claw" that grabs onto arsenic and sequesters it.

The discovery is published in the Nov. 5 issue of Angewandte Chemie International Edition, a premier journal in the field of chemistry.

Since the article was written, the UO team has developed additional ways of capturing arsenic so that it cannot bond with other substances in a laboratory setting, according to Darren Johnson, an assistant professor of chemistry specializing in supramolecular and materials chemistry. Johnson, who joined the UO faculty in 2003, is also affiliated with the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechologies Institute (ONAMI)...read the wave


Future Technology ; EU

Bio-inspired modules open new horizons for robotics


AlphaGalileo -- Inspired by cell biology, European researchers have created the world’s first shape-shifting robot made of many modules, which could lead to new applications in fields ranging from medicine and space exploration to education and entertainment.

On display at IST 2004 in The Hague and being showcased on 17 November in Tokyo, the HYDRA project’s robots have broken new ground in robotics and artificial intelligence through a simple but highly effective design that allows the devices to configure themselves into almost any shape and perform a variety of functions...read the wave



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Jason Des Forges | Sander Olson
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Nano Medicine : USA

MU Researchers Produce Nanoparticles to
Aid Medical Diagnosis, Therapy in
Fraction of Previous Time
By Cheri Ghan


Columbia, MO – November 16, 2004 Although they are one millionth the size of a human hair and are so small they cannot be seen with the naked eye, nanoparticles may become one of the most significant new products in the biomedical field thanks to University of Missouri-Columbia researchers who have developed a procedure to make them that is 240 times faster than previous methods.

Today, nanoparticles are used in applications as varied as making laundry detergent to medicines. However, for them to be beneficial in...read the wave



Nano Research : USA

Multipurpose Nanocables Invented


Tiny nanocables, 1,000 times smaller than a human hair, could become key parts of toxin detectors, miniaturized solar cells and powerful computer chips.

The technique for making the nanocables was invented by UC Davis chemical engineers led by Pieter Stroeve, professor of chemical engineering and materials science. They manufacture the cables in the nano-sized pores of a template membrane. The insides of the pores are coated with gold...read the wave



Nano Research : USA

TEAM designs world's highest resolution microscope


ARGONNE, Ill. (Nov. 12, 2004) — The country's best microscopists are teaming up to build the highest resolution microscope in the world, and researchers in Argonne's Materials Science Division (MSD) are playing a lead role.

The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Basic Energy Sciences is funding this $100 million microscopy project, called the Transmission Electron Aberration-corrected Microscope (TEAM). One of the goals is to achieve a resolution of 0.5 Ångstrom resolution – about one-million times smaller than the diameter of a human hair — by the end of the decade. Another objective is to acquire three-dimensional images at atomic resolution. Today's best microscopes can only image a two-dimensional projection of columns of atoms..read the wave



Nano Biz : EU

European Patent Office
Nanotechnology at the EPO


The EPO has initiated a process of continuous preparation for emerging technologies in order to be able to continue to deliver the best service possible. Emerging technologies, such as nanotechnology, can have a strong impact on the daily work of the EPO.

The number of nanotechnology patents filings is still less than 2 % of all patents filings, but since 2000 the number of published nanotechnology patents has increased by more than 60 %.
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Nano Research : Germany

Synergien energetisch nutzen

Max-Planck-Gesellschaft startet Forschungsinitiative zur Entwicklung nanochemischer Lösungen für eine nachhaltige Energieversorgung


Neue mobile Energiespeicher und effektivere Methoden der Energieerzeugung wollen fünf Max-Planck-Institute in einem gemeinsamen Forschungsverbund "Nanochemische Konzepte einer nachhaltigen Energieversorgung (ENERCHEM)" entwickeln. Das gemeinsam von den Max-Planck-Instituten für Kolloid- und Grenzflächenforschung (Potsdam), Festkörperforschung (Stuttgart), Polymerforschung (Mainz), Kohlenforschung (Mülheim) und dem Fritz-Haber-Institut (Berlin) gegründete Projekt wird von Prof. Markus Antonietti, Max-Planck-Institut für Kolloid- und ..read the wave



Nano Electronics : In French

Freescale revendique la place de leader du secteur du 90 nm


MUNICH, Allemagne — Déterminé à rejeter l’idée que Freescale Semiconductor Inc., bientôt indépendant, est en passe de devenir un IDM de deuxième niveau, la direction de la société a affirmé, lors de l’ouverture du salon Electronica, qu’elle était susceptible de prendre la tête du déploiement du procédé de fabrication 90 nm.
La direction a déclaré que, non seulement, la société était leader sur le secteur du 90 nm...read the wave



Nano Products : Global

Nanoscience reaps huge profits in consumer arena.

Molecular-level technology has reached a gigantic scale


TRENTON, N.J. - Although nanotechnology is about manipulating substances at the molecular level, it is starting to bring big profits to many makers of consumer products.

Already, "nanoscience" has produced stain- and wrinkle-resistant clothing, self-cleaning windows, glare-reducing and fog-resistant coatings for eyeglasses and windshields, dramatically increased computer memory, better sports equipment, improved cosmetics and sunscreens, and lighter and stronger auto components...read the wave



Nano Medicine : USA

Susmita Bose Develops Brand New Bones


Boston, 15 November -- Scientists are the first ones to admit that it is not easy to copy nature.

Consider this: Every year, nearly one million bone replacement procedures are performed in the United States – a number that is expected to rise with an aging population. Though the procedures will, in most cases, restore mobility and relieve pain, the average lifespan for metal implants is about 10 years, primarily because metal is not easily incorporated into the body.

To develop a good bone imitation with the same physical, mechanical, and biological properties as real bones is the goal of...read the wave



Nano Medicine : USA

Nanotubes keep tabs on breathing

Tiny technology could monitor patients' vital signs.


A nanotechnology device that can gauge the levels of carbon dioxide in a puff of air could help medical workers to check patients' breathing at the scene of an accident.

Changing levels of carbon dioxide in the breath show that a patient is running into respiratory trouble and may need...read the wave




Apogee Announces a Cooperative Research Agreement to Develop New Generation of Nanoscale Sensors


NORWOOD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)---Apogee Technology, Inc. (AMEX: ATA), have announced that its MEMS Division, an emerging designer and developer of Micro Electro Mechanical Systems ("MEMS") silicon devices, had entered into a cooperative agreement with The Research Foundation of State University of New York at Stony Brook and The Center for Advanced Sensor Technology (Sensor CAT) to jointly develop technologies that will enable a new generation of ultra-sensitive micro-sized sensors. The research will focus on combining nano-composite materials and silicon-based microfabrication processes to produce sensors for the industrial, automotive, medical, military and homeland security markets...read the wave




UNH builds invisible tools


University scientists hope their research project will put their program on the map.

Fordism, step aside. Manufacturing is about to go nano. A group of scientists at the University of New Hampshire and two other universities recently received a $12.4 million grant to develop nanomanufacturing, or assembly lines scaled down to nanoelements and their one-billionth-of-a-meter size.

With the five-year National Science Foundation grant, the scientists hope to produce a series of tools that can assemble nanoelements into precise patterns and then transfer those patterns onto another surface, like stamps would...read the wave


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Nano Medicine : USA



CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — A new approach to outwit resistance to antibiotics has been discovered by a team of researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

By inserting a naturally occurring molecule into an antibiotic-resistant bacterium, the team was able to gradually destroy the machinery responsible for the resistance.

“Multidrug-resistant bacteria are now ubiquitous in both hospital settings and the larger community,” wrote Paul J. Hergenrother, a professor of chemistry, in a paper that appeared online ahead of publication in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. “Clearly, new strategies and targets are needed to combat drug-resistant bacteria.”...read the wave



Nano Medicine : Switzerland + USA

A single water molecule acting as gate keeper


How do the bonds cells form with their environments rupture? What enables some cells to migrate? It is known since quite a while that cells can have complex mechanical interactions with their environments. Not only the biochemical but also the physical properties of their environment can thus have significant impact on cell behavior and even gene expression.

Together with fellow researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle, David Craig, and the Beckman Institute in Urbana-Champaign (USA), Klaus Schulten and Mu Gao, ETH Professor Viola Vogel explored the mechanical interactions between cells and their extracellular matrices. They wanted to know how the bond between the proteins which anchor cells in their environment ruptures if exposed to tensile forces...read the wave



Creating artificial nanofossils | by Seiji SHINKAI

Silica nanotubes and right- and left-handed nanohelices are various types of silica superstructures, which have been created by Prof. Shinkai. He developed a method to transcribe various shapes of aggregated organic molecules into
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Nano Products : Global

Nanoscience producing big changes


For a science that's about manipulating substances at the molecular level, nanotechnology is starting to bring big profits to many consumer product makers.

Already, "nanoscience" has produced stain- and wrinkle-resistant clothing, self-cleaning windows, glare-reducing and fog-resistant coatings for eyeglasses and windshields, dramatically increased computer memory, better sports equipment, improved cosmetics and sunscreens, and lighter, stronger auto components.

What's next?...read the wave



Nano Products : South Korea

New technology breathes life into your food


Silver has long been been known for its sterilising effects. So when Samsung and LG began devising micro or nano technology to prolong the shelf life of frozen foods, it was no surprise that they turned to silver to assist them.

"It's an old science that's been made into an active technology that is now used to make food last longer, freshen air and even make your clothing less smelly," explained Samsung's home appliance marketing executive, Bronwyn Williams...read the wave



Nano Electronics : USA

AMD researches strained silicon


AMD and Albany Nanotech have announced a strained silicon R&D joint effort.

The chipmaker will team with the nanotechnology R&D complex to develop a new nanometrology capability for measuring the stress state in strained silicon. The project is focused on near-field nano-optical techniques, exploiting the enhancement of the optical field at a nanoprobe tip, the duo announced this week...read the wave



Nano Electronics : Taiwan

TSMC's 65-nm process set to arrive late 2005, cost $1 billion


TAIPEI, Taiwan — By the time Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. ramps its first 65-nanometer manufacturing process technology into volume production, late in 2005, it will have cost about $1 billion to develop, according to company chairman Morris Chang.

That's about twice the cost of developing 130-nm technology at TSMC, and about a third higher than that of 90-nm, Chang estimated...read the wave



Nano Research : USA

Groundbreaking Nanotechnology Research at The University of Scranton Published in `Science'


"This is the first time that anyone has measured how a specific motion of a molecule on one side of a molecular wall causes molecules within the wall to move," said John Deak, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry at The University of Scranton. "In nanotechnology, researchers design materials whose
properties originate in clusters of molecules on the nanometer level. This research can be used to help us better understand how molecules interact on these dimensions."...read the wave



Nano Research : USA

Nanocrystals Show a Quick Route to Change


BERKELEY, CA -- Just as the Microtechnology Age was built upon the introduction of impurities into crystals of semiconductor materials, so, too, will crystalline doping be the bedrock upon which the Nanotechnology Age is built. To advance the arrival of this next technological era at a faster pace, however, scientists need a better understanding of what happens to nano-sized crystals under the various forms of doping.

Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California at Berkeley have good news for the burgeoning nanotechnology industry...read the wave



Nano Meet : Cuba + UK

Cuba-Great Britain Nanotechnology Meeting Begins in Havana


HAVANA (PL) - The first bilateral meeting Cuba-Great Britain on Nanotechnology began Tuesday in Havana with the participation of prominent experts on this field.

The meeting, organized by the Cuban Science, Technology and Environment Minister CITMA and the British Council, includes nine British post doctorate scientists who will debate with Cuban colleagues about recent advances in nanotechnology...read the wave



Nano Environment : USA

Size Does Matter - When it Comes to Reducing Environmental Pollution


PASADENA, Calif.-When it comes to mitigating the harmful impacts of environmental pollution--size does matter . . . or, at least, that's the hypothesis that California Institute of Technology professors Janet Hering and Richard Flagan will be testing.

Hering is professor of environmental science and engineering executive officer for Keck Laboratories. Flagan is executive officer of chemical engineering Irma and Ross McCollum professor of chemical engineering and professor of environmental science and engineering.

In a study funded by the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Hering and Flagan will examine whether the effectiveness of iron nanoparticles in pollution remediation is influenced by their size...read the wave



Nano Defense : USA

Next Generation Extremity Protection Products for U.S. Military


JACKSONVILLE, Fla., /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Armor Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AH), a leading manufacturer and distributor of security products and vehicle armor systems serving law enforcement, military, homeland defense and commercial markets, have announced that its Aerospace & Defense Group has entered into a cooperative research and development initiative with the Florida Advanced Center for Composite Technologies (FAC2T) at Florida State University, whereby the two organizations will participate in joint research projects involving advanced materials and composites in an effort to rapidly develop new personnel safety products that improve soldier protection and survivability...read the wave



Nano Electronics : USA

New surface chemistry may extend life of technology for making transistors


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a technique that uses surface chemistry to make tinier and more effective p-n junctions in silicon-based semiconductors. The method could permit the semiconductor industry to significantly extend the life of current ion-implantation technology for making transistors, thereby avoiding the implementation of difficult and costly alternatives.

To make faster silicon-based transistors, scientists much shrink the...read the wave



Nano Electronics : UK

Organic LEDs are on the way


Imagine a TV that is not just thin like a plasma screen, but thin like a birthday card. That lives in a narrow box near the ceiling and has a string you pull to unroll it.

Something from the future?

No, it has already happened. Martin Cobb of Surrey-based Trident Displays saw it. "I was shown a demo. It pulled down just like a projector screen," he says...read the wave



Nano News :

Researchers to create stronger, lighter nanodevices


A group of researchers, including Indian American scientists in the US are working on a pathbreaking project to create stronger and lighter nanodevices like nanobatteries and nanopumps that consume less power.

The project, undertaken by the Centre of Integrated Nanochemical Systems (COINS) at the University of California, Berkeley, will explore the basic science of nanostructures...read the wave



Nano Funding : USA

U-M, state of Michigan gain from
$70 million nanotech access grant


ANN ARBOR, Mich.---The University of Michigan College of Engineering is a member of the winning team of universities that landed a $70 million National Science Foundation grant over five years to open access to nanotechnology resources.

The National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network is a group of 13 nanoscience powerhouse institutions that will receive $14 million annually to support additional staff at their respective nanoscience facilities, said Khalil Najafi, director of U-M's Solid State Electronics Laboratory in the College of Engineering. The NNIN's goal is to open access to nanotechnology resources and equipment to all universities and private companies...read the wave



Nano Medicine : USA

Mind and body team for advances


LOS ANGELES -- California Institute of Technology professor Richard Andersen is pursuing a futuristic way to help people with paralyzed limbs.

He is trying to develop high-tech artificial body parts that would enable a patient to move, say, a mechanical arm simply by thinking about doing it. That daunting goal, however, has required expertise beyond Andersen's neuroscience specialty.

So, when he launched the project in 1998, he brought in a campus robotics expert, Joel W. Burdick. As their work progressed, they added electrical engineers, a physicist and a neurosurgeon...read the wave



Nano Products : South Korea

'Well-Being' Fad Hits Cell Phone Market, Too


The well-being fad has found its way into the cellular phone market. Handsets providing various sorts of health care functions such as measuring fat layers and blood-sugar level are being released one by one. Samsung Electronics presented a brand-new cellular phone last week, the SPH-E3330, which can measure ones fat level. After entering ones name, weight, and height, a slight touch of the finger on the measuring device displays one's body fat level. The measured data can be estimated by daily, weekly, and monthly units in a graphical chart....read the wave



Nano Research : USA

Gold nano anchors put nanowires in their place


Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated a technique for growing well-formed, single-crystal nanowires in place---and in a predictable orientation---on a commercially important substrate.

The method uses nanoparticles of gold arranged in rows on a sapphire surface as starting points for growing horizontal semiconductor "wires" only 3 nanometers (nm) in diameter. Other methods produce semiconductor nanowires more than 10 nm in diameter...read the wave



Nano Products : USA

Monitoring Life, One Breath at a Time


Newswise — Researchers have created a tiny device that can monitor a victim's breathing in emergency situations by effectively shrinking an operating room machine into a small, disposable tool that can be carried to a disaster site.

NSF-supported researchers at Nanomix, Inc., in Emeryville, Calif., have created a transistor that fuses carbon nanotubes, polymers and silicon into a capnography sensor -- a human breathing monitor.

Alexander Star and his colleagues at Nanomix and the University of California, Los Angeles, describe the new sensor in the cover article of the November 15 issue of the journal Advanced Materials. Their study shows that carbon nanotube transistors fused with carbon dioxide-detecting polymers can determine carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations in both ambient and exhaled air...read the wave



Nano News : Holland + Australia

University of Twente MESA+ Institute signs MOU with CRC Centre for Microtechnology Melbourne


AlphaGalileo--The MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology at the University Twente in Enschede and the Australian CRC for MicroTechnology in Melbourne have announced the signing of an agreement to share best practice in defining new products and collaborating with industrial partners.

The CRC brings together leading participants from the research, government and industry sectors committed to achieving high levels of outcomes in adoption and commercialisation in the micro and nano technology arena...read the wave



Nano Research : Spain

The dance of crystal structures


The word “crystal” is a technical term; iron and steel, for example, are crystals whereas glass is not. In fact, "crystal" means materials of a crystalline structure.

Just like any other kind of material, crystals can change their structure. For example, if the temperature rises sufficiently, it passes from a solid to a liquid state.

But other, not so noticeable, structural changes also take place, such as those that occur in the solid state, itself. These changes are known as solid-to-solid phase transitions and are induced by changes in either temperature or pressure. Moreover, the electrical and magnetic properties of the crystals are affected during these transitions and are, thereby, of great interest for technology...read the wave



Nano Medicine : USA

Tiny Exosomes may be "Magic Bullet "for drug free transplants


PITTSBURGH, Nov. 10, 2004 – Bubble-like nano-scale particles that are shed by dendritic cells may hold the key to achieving transplant tolerance – the long-term acceptance of transplanted organs without the need for drugs, suggests a study by University of Pittsburgh researchers published in the Nov. 15 issue of the journal Blood. The results provide some of the first information about what these structures called exosomes actually do.

Exosomes are no larger than 65-100 nanometers – 1,000 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair – yet each contains a potent reserve of major histocompatibility complex (MHC) molecules. MHC molecules are gene products that cells use to determine self from nonself. Millions of exosomes scurry about within the bloodstream, and while their function has been somewhat of a mystery, researchers are beginning to surmise that they play an important role in immune regulation and response...read the wave



Nano News : Nepal

The World of Nanoparticles


People love gigantic things. Giant machines, for example, make us feel we control the world and can change it to suit our own designs. Anyone who has stood close to a brown-coal excavator in an open-cast mine knows this feeling. However, big changes can also be achieved with mini-machines – in the microcosm. This move into the microcosm began with computer technology. Ever smaller structures – strip conductors and transistors – were crammed onto silicon chips, enabling us carry out ever faster operations in the digital world. Then we started combining the electronic part with sensor technology on the chips. For example...read the wave



Nano Biz : USA

Market Strategy is the Key Challenge for Nanophotonics, Says Strategies Unlimited


MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 10, 2004--Nanophotonics has the potential to improve optoelectronic products in a wide array of new applications, including three target markets each worth billions of dollars. However, the technologies and applications are diverse and multidisciplinary, in early stages of development, and the opportunities are spread throughout the value chain, making market strategy a greater challenge than the technology. These findings are presented in a new study just released by Strategies Unlimited, Nanophotonics: Assessment of Technologies and Market Opportunities. Other findings in the report include the following...read the wave



Nano Research : USA

UC Santa Barbara researchers discover living nanoscale 'necklace'


(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– In an interdisciplinary endeavor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, a team of researchers in physics and biology have made a discovery at the nanoscale level that could be instrumental in the production of miniaturized materials with many applications. Dubbed a "living necklace," the finding was completely unexpected.

This discovery could influence the development of...read the wave



Nano Electronics : EU

Light for the next generation of chips


AlphaGalileo-- The semiconductor industry is on the verge of a major technological breakthrough. From 2009 onwards, circuits will be created by exposure to extreme ultraviolet (EUV) rays. Researchers from Aachen were awarded the Stifterverband Science Prize – not only for their EUV source.

Since the earliest days of semiconductor fabrication, chips have been created by exposure to light. A stepper projects light through a mask on to the surface of a silicon wafer coated with photoresist, thus transferring the tiny structures. For more transistors to fit on a single chip, the structures have to be made smaller still. Manufacturers are therefore compelled to...read the wave



Nano Electronics : USA

Albany NanoTech and AMD team up to develop breakthrough silicon measurement technique


Albany Nanotech, one of the world's leading complexes for nanotechnology R&D and home to the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at the University at Albany – SUNY, and Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE:AMD) have entered into a joint R&D project to develop a new nanometrology capability for measuring the stress state in strained silicon, a material at the heart of high-performance microchips.

"Straining," or stretching, silicon speeds the flow of electrons through transistors, increasing the performance of semiconductors and decreasing power consumption. The new technique seeks to enable the...read the wave



Nano Electronics : USA - Japan

Japan's RIKEN Bases New Protein Modeling Solution on SGI Altix 350 System


RIKEN recently chose Altix 350, based on 16 Intel(R) Itanium(R) 2 processors and featuring 16GB of memory, as the host computer of its MDGRAPE-3 system, which also incorporates a special chip for force calculations. RIKEN's SC2004 demonstration will show how this low-cost, high-performance accelerator will become an important solution for computational biology, computer-aided drug design, nanotechnology and other demanding scientific applications. MDGRAPE-3 is a special-purpose computer system for molecular dynamics simulations developed by RIKEN to accelerate calculations of protein models, the most time-consuming part in simulations...read the wave



Nano Funding : USA

No small change: UT professor lands $625,000 fellowship


An University of Texas chemical engineering professor has received a five-year, $625,000 fellowship to study cell protein behavior and nano-size glassy materials. He was given the David and Lucile Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering.

Thomas Truskett's research group will work to develop techniques that will help them study the properties of nano-sized glassy materials, which are used in high-resolution printing and biomedical applications, among other things...read the wave



Tools of the Trade : USA

Molecular Imprints sells nano-lithography tool to HP


Austin-based Molecular Imprints Inc., which manufactures Step and Flash Imprint Lithography equipment, has sold a system to Palo Alto, Calif.-based Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ).The financial terms of the sale were not released; the system retails for about $1.5 million each...read the wave



Nano Medicine : USA

Chemists Use Tiny 'Chaperones' To Direct Molecules And Nanoparticles In Drop Of Liquid


Chemists at the University of California, San Diego have developed a method that uses dust-sized chips of silicon to surround and precisely direct the motion of molecules, cells, bacteria and other miniscule objects within a tiny drop of liquid.

Their development of these tiny silicon “chaperones,” detailed today in an advance online publication in a forthcoming issue of the journal Nature Materials, represents an important new achievement in the emerging field of “microfluidics,” in which new methods are sought to create, transport and experiment with ever smaller volumes of fluids
...read the wave



Nano Medicine : USA

Research fills dental need


South Dakota Tech research group is investigating a new type of dental filling that looks better, lasts longer, and has fewer safety concerns than the silver fillings widely used today.

Dr. Hao Fong and his research group are using a $64,905 grant from the National Institutes of Health/National Dental and Craniofacial Research to fund the first year of a two-year research project. Fong's research focuses on improving the polymer composite fillings already in use, despite their drawbacks. Polymer fillings stain, shrink and wear much more quickly than silver fillings, so they must be replaced in a fraction of the time...read the wave



Nano Textle / Biz : USA

Nano-Tex Expands North American Team with Seasoned Retail, Textile Professionals


EMERYVILLE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)---Nano-Tex, LLC, the leader in textile enhancements that deliver superior comfort, feel and performance in everyday fabrics, have announced the addition of two retail and textile veterans to its North American business development team. Their addition will enable Nano-Tex to expand the adoption of its nanotechnology-based textile enhancements among apparel and interior furnishings brands and retailers...read the wave



Nano Products : Japan

Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) Develops New Sample-Preparation Cartridge

Tokyo, Japan, Nov 8, 2004 - (JCN Newswire) - Showa Denko K.K. (TSE: 4004; NYSE: SHWDF) has developed a new sample-preparation cartridge based on solid-phase extraction1) that can substantially enhance the efficiency of analyzing trace amounts of chemical substances. Sales of the new cartridge, named "Autoprep @ Series," will start this month.

SDK has developed the new cartridge to meet a growing demand for analysis of trace amounts of residual chemical substances in water and food. The development is in response to increasing concern of the public about the environment and food safety...read the wave



Nano Electronics : the Netherlands

World standard transistor model sited in Delft

University research institute DIMES as neutral site between semiconductor companies


The Compact Model Council has recently elected MEXTRAM as a world standard transistor model. Since 2001 MEXTRAM is hosted and supported by DIMES of Delft University of Technology. Philips Research originally developed the model.

The Delft Institute of Microelectronics and Submicron-technology (DIMES) at TU Delft in, has received the mission to host and support the bipolar compact transistor model MEXTRAM (Most EXquisite TRAnsistor Model) as a world standard. The Compact Model Council (CMC) is financially supporting DIMES with an amount of US$ 50,000.- annually for that purpose. The team of Dr. Slobodan Mijalkovic at the High-Frequency Technology and Components (HiTeC) group headed by Prof. Joachim Burghartz will be in charge of this mission. They have been working at the model from 2001...read the wave



Nano Research : USA

New NSF center to study fundamentals of nanostructures, build and test nanodevices


Berkeley - Nanobatteries, nanopumps, nanomotors and a slew of other nanoscale devices - most with parts that move a mere fraction of the width of an atom - are among the promises of a new $11.9 million Center of Integrated Nanomechanical Systems (COINS) starting up this fall at the University of California, Berkeley.
The center, one of six new Nanoscale Science and Engineering Centers funded for five years by the National Science Foundation (NSF), will harness the skills of theoretical and experimental physicists, chemists, biologists and engineers to explore the basic science of nanostructures and then use this knowledge to both create nanoscale building blocks and assemble them into working devices...read the wave



Nano Defense : USA

Subra Muralidharan Targets “Agents of Terror”


Boston, -- In this time of war and terror, Dr. Subra Muralidharan and his research group are helping to usher in a technological revolution from their laboratory at Western Michigan University’s Haenicke Science Hall.

Specifically this Indian American scientist is a leading researcher in nanobioenvironmental chemistry. The goal: to help in the creation of an early warning system for biological, chemical, and radiological terrorism...read the wave



Nano Products : Taiwan

Taisugar rolling out nanotechnology health foods to bolster profits


Taiwan Sugar Corp. (Taisugar) yesterday launched new health food products developed with nanotechnology, expecting them to generate NT$200 million in one year.

Taisugar's new brainchildren are fermented mycelia of cordyceps and ganoderma. Both have been certified by the U.S. Federal and Drug Administration. In order to obtain more scientific proof, the company also assigned Changhua Christian Children's Hospital and U-Vision Biotech Co. to conduct a series of research on the effects of these products and received positive results...read the wave



Tools of the Trade : USA

Arryx Launches BioRyx(R) 200 Infrared System


CHICAGO, PRNewswire/ -- Arryx, Inc. have announced that it has added an infrared (IR) product to its line of BioRyx(R) 200 optical trapping systems. The BioRyx(R) 200 IR system extends Arryx' proprietary, three- dimensional holographic laser tweezer technology into the infrared portion of the spectrum. Arryx' easy-to-use real-time trapping software allows users to create a variety of infrared traps and simultaneously monitor and record fluorescence from a broad range of dyes. This gives researchers in biology and nanotechnology the unique ability to manipulate hundreds of microscopic objects, from blood and cancer cells to DNA and nanotubes, independently and simultaneously in three dimensions...read the wave



Nano Products : Global

Nano-based products starting to have consumer impact


TRENTON, N.J. — For a science that's about manipulating substances at the molecular level, nanotechnology is starting to bring big profits to many consumer product makers.

Already, nanoscience has produced stain- and wrinkle-resistant clothing, self-cleaning windows, glare-reducing and fog-resistant coatings for eyeglasses and windshields, dramatically increased computer memory, better sports equipment, improved cosmetics and sunscreens, and lighter, stronger auto components.

What's next?...read the wave



Nano Research : USA

Nature-of-Water Question Makes
Another Splash


BERKELEY, CA -- Recent experimental results threatened to overturn 100 years of scientific research into the mysterious nature of liquid water, but new experimental results say ... not so fast! A team of scientists with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California, Berkeley, has shown that the energy required to “measurably distort” the molecular structure of liquid water is the same as the energy required to melt ice. This could explain why a study last spring out of Stanford University seemed to contradict what was has long been believed about the molecular structure of liquid water...read the wave



Nanotechnology in Mexico | by Drs. Ineke Malsch

Mexico counts eleven research groups at three universities and two research institutes, which are active in nanotechnology. About ninety researchers are engaged in relevant research. The main trends in nanotechnology research in this Central American country are ..read the wave

Nano News : Energy

Nanotechnology May Change Energy Industry


BISMARCK, N.D. — Jack Uldrich says his stain-resistant pants are just the beginning for a technology that could someday be used to create cell phones so small they can be sewn into clothes and enhance electrical transmission through power lines.

Uldrich, president of NanoVeritas Group, told people at Basin Electric Power Cooperative's annual meeting this week that nanotechnology will someday change the energy industry...read the wave


Many Options for Molecular Manufacturing | Chris Phoenix

Molecular manufacturing is the use of programmable chemistry to build exponential manufacturing systems and high-performance products. There are several ways this can be achieved, each with its own benefits and drawbacks. This essay analyzes the definition of molecular manufacturing and describes several ways to achieve the requirements...read the wave


Nano Medicine : USA

Cornell's tiny, vibrating paddle oscillator
senses the mass of a virus


ITHACA, N.Y. -- By using a device only six-millionths of a meter long, researchers at Cornell University have been able to detect the presence of as few as a half-dozen viruses -- and they believe the device is sensitive enough to notice just one.

The research could lead to simple detectors capable of differentiating between a wide variety of pathogens, including viruses, bacteria and toxic organic chemicals.

The experiment, an extension of earlier work in which similar devices were used to detect the mass of a single bacterium, is reported...read the wave



Nano Electronics : The Netherlands

Philips and Kavli Institute of Nanoscience succeed in integrating III-V semiconductors with silicon


Eindhoven, the Netherlands – A team of scientists from Philips and the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience Delft has announced to be the world’s first to successfully demonstrate the growth of III-V semiconductor nanowires on germanium and silicon substrates. In their article published in today’s issue of Nature Materials, they present a detailed study of this important step towards the integration of the superior high frequency and optoelectronic properties of III-V semiconductors with the huge silicon technology base of the semiconductor industry...read the wave



Nano Electronics : UK

Butterflies’ wings dazzle with science


The brilliant dazzle of butterflies’ wings could hold the key to a new type of optical material, called photonic crystals. Over the past 15 years, photonic crystals have attracted the attention of a vast international community, as scientists have begun to realise their potential applications in the field of optoelectronics and telecommunications.

According to Dr Luca Plattner, who undertook research in the School of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton, our understanding of the way that light is reflected from the wings of butterflies could lead to the fabrication of new photonic crystals...read the wave



Nano News : Russia

Russia to join the global nanotechnology boom...


Russia has something to contribute to the nano boom. True, unlike the US, Europe and Japan, Russia is currently unable to conduct research activities across the board, yet some of its developments still manage to stand out from the bumper crop of global nanotechnology achievements.

Russia has a strong position, first of all, in the field of nano instrument-making. Russian engineers have always known how to design simple and functional instruments based on non-standard ideas and approaches. Russia is quite competitive in nanotoolkits...read the wave



Nano Products : USA

Revolution™ 50 To Be Unveiled At 2004
Fuel Cell Seminar Exhibition In San Antonio, TX


Buffalo, NY – November 03, 2004 NanoDynamics, a leading nanotechnology organization and manufacturer of superior nanomaterials, have announced that it will introduce its ground-breaking new portable solid oxide fuel cell at the 2004 Fuel Cell Seminar Exhibition in San Antonio, Texas. NanoDynamics will be showcasing the Revolution™ 50 at Booth 334 in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center from November 1 - 4, 2004.

"We are very excited about introducing the Revolution™ 50 at this conference," commented David Bothwell, Director of NanoDynamics' ND Energy. "For the past two years...read the wave



Future Technology : Norway

New micro instrument controls medicine flows

AlphaGalileo -- Research scientists at the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory in Oslo have developed a flow metre with fluid channels thinner than a strand of hair. The new device controls that patients receive the correct dosage of medicine.

The new invention is a micro-technological control instrument that can measure medicine flows. The active components in the sensor are only a few thousandths of a millimetre thick and the tiny device can measure liquid amounts of less than one-millionth of a litre...read the wave



Nano Textile :

A new kind of working clothes


You can buy apparel that battles bugs, fights the sun's UV rays, tackles icky perspiration stains, repels water and red wine while resisting wrinkling.There are jackets wired for your MP3 player and sporting a fabric keypad on the sleeve. There are clothes that tame the human scent of hunters. And by February, women will be able to shop for camisoles that soothe with aloe vera.

Do they work? Apparently so.That there is so much easy-care clothing in stores these days can be credited in part to nanotechnology...read the wave



Nano Product : USA

ImaRx's Clot Dissolving Technology
Being Presented at the AHA Conference


TUCSON, Ariz., (PRIMEZONE) -- ImaRx Therapeutics, Inc. (www.imarx.com) is pleased to announce that Jeane M. Tsutsui, MD of the University of Nebraska Medical Center will be presenting results from her research with MRX-815, ImaRx's patented nanobubble.

Dr. Tsutsui's research incorporates both the diagnostic and therapeutic applications of MRX-815. She will present "Diagnostic Ultrasound-Guided Treatment of Acute Intravascular Thrombi with Therapeutic Ultrasound and Intravenous Microbubbles" on Monday, November 8th at 2:45pm in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Room 243-245.

Dr. Tsutsui worked with the MRX-815 bubble, which is injected into the blood stream to treat a clot...read the wave



Nano News :

Downsizing the Status of Science

Intellectual life is given short shrift in the age of competing rationalities


Contemporary Western society has a love-hate relationship with scientific knowledge. We pursue it and celebrate it, employing people to gain knowledge of our genetic makeup, market conditions, or the nation's mood. Often we complain that we lack sufficient knowledge to find a cure for AIDS or for minimizing the consequences of global warming. Outwardly we take knowledge very seriously, with expressions like 'knowledge is power.".
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Nano Medicine : USA

Dropping the nano-bomb


To the incredibly tiny gold particles doctors send to search a blood sample for signs of illness, human cells would seem as big as mountains.

But the particles' mission is to hunt down something more their size: prostate specific antigen, or PSA, a signal that prostate cancer may be on its way to returning, long before it does.

Welcome to the new frontier of nanotechnology, where scientists are learning how to make super-small devices...read the wave



Nano Food : UK

Experimental chef gets taste for test tubes

Cookery is a science, so triple Michelin star Heston Blumenthal takes on a laboratory assistant to study 'molecular gastronomy'.


Heston Blumenthal, the three Michelin star chef known for his experimental dishes such as smoky bacon and egg ice cream, has always prided himself on his scientific approach to cooking.

Now his pioneering work has been recognised by the academic establishment, which has awarded him a grant to set up the country's first laboratory attached to a restaurant.

Blumenthal, a self-taught chef, has been given money to take on a full-time PhD student to study "molecular gastronomy" and to help to create even more novel meals...read the wave



Nanotech Environmental Activist Shenanigans | Dr. Pearl Chin

In a Thursday, October 28th, 2004 Washington Post article titled “Nanotech Group’s Invitations Declined” by Rick Weiss, the article spoke about how three key environmental activist group representatives were invited but had declined to join the International Council on Nanotechnology. This council was...read the wave

Nano Environment : USA

Stanford Environmental Molecular Science Institute will study pollutants,
one molecule at a time

By Mark Shwartz


The National Science Foundation (NSF) has established a new research institute at Stanford University dedicated to tackling environmental pollution problems at the molecular level. A major focus of the Stanford Environmental Molecular Science Institute will be on how heavy metal contamination in water, soils and sediments interacts with the surfaces of environmental solids and bacteria.

``We live in a world of interfaces among solids, liquids, gases, microbial organisms and plants, which are the locations of most chemical and biological interactions in the environment,`` said Gordon E. Brown Jr., the Dorrell William Kirby Professor of Geology and professor and chair of the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory (SSRL) faculty. ``Such interactions have a major impact on the fate of environmental contaminants.`...read the wave



World's First Entangled Application | Michael E. Thomas

I'm excited about this because it pushes information sharing into a whole new dimension.

World's First Entangled Application

A disruptive nanotechnolgy article on Quantum Entangled Particle application.

...read the wave


Nano Research : USA

Quantitative Nanomechanical Properties


New measurement solutions are required to address the rapidly burgeoning field of nanotechnology. In particular, information about mechanical properties on the nanoscale is needed. Knowledge of properties like elastic modulus and interfacial quality (defects, strain, adhesion, etc.) is critical to successful development of new films and nanoscale assemblies. Such information could also assess integrity or reliability in applications from microelectronics to biotechnology. Existing methods for mechanical-property measurements have drawbacks...read the wave



Nano News : Japan

Japan to Become the Global Leader in Nanotechnology


The Government of Japan and the Nippon Keidanren and other economic organizations have identified leading-edge industries, especially nanotechnology, as priority fields that major investment should be made in. Nanotechnology is thought to lead to "dream-like inventions" such as medication that zeros in on cancer cells, portable fuel cells or resin that will not tear despite its thinness. The Japanese government estimates that the domestic market for nanotech products will reach 20 to 30 trillion yen by 2010. Japan is currently a global leader in the research and development of nanomaterials...read the wave



Nano Defense : USA

Soldiers glimpse future capabilities


Soldiers of the future will head into battle with lighter loads, enhanced body protection, better chow, and more portable electrical power.

Technologies like nanotechnology and photovoltaics – evolving methods that are responsible for much of the improvements – were part of a recent forum on “Equipping the Soldier for the 21st Century” at the Association of the United States Army annual meeting...read the wave



Nano Products : Global


A superior grade of stainless steel enables innovations in electric shavers.


New product development is the lifeblood of consumer product manufacturers and, where competition is fierce, market share is the critical measure of success. Consumer products giant Philips has enjoyed major success with its innovative electric shavers, marketed under the Philishave brand in Europe and under the Norelco brand in North America. The Cool Skin Additive Shaver, for example, was the first shaver using shaving cream for enhanced shaving comfort, and Quadra Action and Sensotec shavers, designed to be cleaned and rinsed in water, are both products which have helped to create a new generation of electric shaving....read the wave



Future Technology : USA

Teamwork, Not Rivalry, Marks New Era in Research


Caltech professor Richard Andersen is pursuing a futuristic way to help people with paralyzed limbs.He is trying to develop high-tech artificial body parts that would enable a patient to move, say, a mechanical arm simply by thinking about doing it. That daunting goal, however, has required expertise beyond Andersen's neuroscience specialty.

So, when he launched the project in 1998, he brought in a campus robotics expert, Joel W. Burdick. As their work progressed, they added electrical engineers, a physicist and a neurosurgeon.
"I really can't see how it would happen any other way," Andersen said.That kind of teamwork across...read the wave

Nano Textile : Global

Increased use of Nano technology in consumer products


Just how wide are the Nanotech applications, can be perceived from the fact that consumer products and foods companies such as L’Oréal, Proctor and Gamble, and Nestlé have begun Nano-structured fluids research since long. The next-generation consumer products like cosmetics, paints, ice cream, and shampoo will all be based on nano-structured fluids science that have been ongoing for years, now.

"We view nano-structured fluids as a major growth area for business and scientific development. The capability of this area of science to unlock principals of self-assembly has the potential to greatly impact and accelerate commercialization of nanotechnology," said Bart Romanowicz, NSTI executive director of technology...read the wave



Nano Medicine : Global

Report puts pharma industry under further pressure


According to a report, it takes 7-10 years to develop and market a drug with costs exceeding $800 million (€625 million). This revelation is set to add to the pressure already facing pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies which are already feeling the strain to produce a steady stream of innovative, well-differentiated drugs at reduced costs

The mammoth costs involved in producing a drug stems from the numerous processes involved. Drug discovery requires the identification of ...read the wave



Nano Medicine : USA

NIH Roadmap Nanomedicine Concept Development Awards


Over the next several months, intensive planning activities will be undertaken by all awardees that will culminate in a Concept Development Plan that describes their proposed goals for a Nanomedicine Development Center. Awarded groups have been encouraged to remain open and flexible with respect to their proposed teams and directions. If you are interested and feel that your work is complementary to the goals of one of these centers, please contact the appropriate individual, as soon as possible, in order to explore synergies and potential collaborations.

Hyperlinks to the abstracts of each award are available...read the wave




Tiny tools carve glass


Tools so tiny that they are difficult to see, are solving the problems of carving patterns in glass, ceramics and other brittle materials, according to a Penn State engineer.

"Even very brittle materials like glass will cut smoothly at a micron level," says Dr. Eric R. Marsh, associate professor of mechanical engineering. "The tools we are making are small enough so that the brittle materials behave like a malleable material like aluminum, producing smooth curly chips of glass or ceramic."...read the wave



Nanotech Environmental Activist Shenanigans | Dr. Pearl Chin

In a Thursday, October 28th, 2004 Washington Post article titled “Nanotech Group’s Invitations Declined” by Rick Weiss, the article spoke about how three key environmental activist group representatives were invited but had declined to join the International Council on Nanotechnology. This council was...read the wave

Nano Medicine : USA

First human trial of bioartificial kidney shows promise for acute renal failure


ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The first test in humans of a bioartificial kidney offers hope of the device's potential to save the lives of people with acute renal failure, researchers at the University of Michigan Health System report.

While the phase I/II study was designed primarily to look at the safety of using this device on humans, the results also suggest improvement in kidney function. The patients enrolled in the trial faced an average 86 percent likelihood of dying at the hospital. Six of those 10 patients survived more than 30 days after treatment with the bioartificial kidney...read the wave



Nano Environment : USA

Researchers unlock mysteries of toxic metals in the largest contaminated site in United States


Blacksburg, Va. -- Copper mining in Butte and Anaconda, Montana, starting in 1860's, poisoned the air, the land, and the water; well over 100 years later, contaminants are still found as far as 300 miles down the Clark Fork River, whose headwaters are in that area.

The presence of the contaminants has been known for many decades. But the interaction of the heavy metals and other compounds in the soil, streams, and rivers were unknown until Virginia Tech professor of geosciences Michael Hochella went all the way to the University of Munster, Germany as a Fulbright Scholar, then as a Humboldt Fellow, to use sophisticated equipment that allowed him to examine lead, arsenic and other materials at the nanometer level...read the wave



World's First Entangled Application | Michael E. Thomas

I'm excited about this because it pushes information sharing into a whole new dimension.

World's First Entangled Application

A disruptive nanotechnolgy article on Quantum Entangled Particle application.

...read the wave


Future Technology : USA

Air Bubbles in Breakfast Syrup
Illustrate Pathway to New Technology


Newswise — The behavior of air bubbles in ordinary breakfast syrup demonstrates how scientists might be able to make vanishingly thin tubes and fibers for biomedical and other applications.

Previous experiments conducted in Sidney Nagel's laboratory at the University of Chicago showed how to make liquid threads that measure only 10 microns in diameter (approximately one-fifth the diameter of a human hair). Now his Chicago colleague Wendy Zhang reports in the current issue of Physical Review Letters that it is theoretically possible to make much thinner threads by slightly altering experimental procedures. If proven in the laboratory, the technique has potential use in fiber optics, electronics and other industries...read the wave



Future Technology : Spain

Spain allows stem cell research


The Spanish government has approved a series of measures to allow research on embryonic stem cells.

At a press conference on 29 October, Deputy Prime