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31 - 12- 2004
Nano Biz : USA

Emergency Filtration to Donate NanoMasks to International Committee of the Red Cross and CARE for Tsunami Relief Effort

 

HENDERSON, Nev.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-Emergency Filtration Products Inc. (EFP) (OTCBB: EMFP) today announced that it is making an initial donation of 1,000 of its NanoMasks to the international relief agencies International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and CARE. This donation is being made to assist with the emergency response under way in countries affected by the recent disaster caused by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake off the coast of Sumatra Island, Indonesia, which sent massive tsunamis across the Bay of Bengal and Indian Ocean, and, which is resulting in a death toll that is estimated to reach more than 100,000.
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Nano News : USA

The incredible nanoworld

 

Measuring things is an important aspect of all disciplines because that is the only way we can compare the physical qualities of all, real world, objects.

The metric system is the normally used international standard for weights and measures. But, in the measurement of objects that are either very large or very small, it is an inadequate scale.

The Universe is the largest we know of, in terms of size. The distances involved are so vast that our earthly measurements dwindle into insignificance when applied to it. For instance, if the distance between the earth and a star were to be...read the wave

 

 
Future Technology : USA

Hydrogen Infrastructure Catches-up to New York Commitment

 

Albany, New York [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Two Honda FCX fuel cell vehicles are being tested in the cold weather of up-state New York, but the technology is simply a novelty without the infrastructure to support it. Governor George E. Pataki has announced that the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is giving $1.4 million in State funding for two hydrogen-powered vehicle demonstration projects in Buffalo and Albany.
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Nano News : Global

How Nanotechnology Will Work

 

In the early 20th century, Henry Ford built a car manufacturing plant on a 2,000-acre tract of land along the Rouge River in Michigan. Built to mass-produce automobiles more efficiently, the Rouge housed the equipment for developing each phase of a car, including blast furnaces, a steel mill and a glass plant. More than 90 miles of railroad track and conveyor belts kept Ford's car assembly line running. The Rouge model was lauded as the most efficient method of production at a time when bigger meant better.

The size of Ford's assembly plant would look strange to those born and raised in the 21st century. In the next 50 years, machines will get increasingly smaller -- so small that thousands of these tiny machines would fit into the period at the end of this sentence...read the wave

 

 

| Synthetic organic chemistry | by Kohei TAMAO |

 

 


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Synthetic organic chemistry enables us to design organic molecules with novel properties and create the desired organic materials. To do this, synthetic organic chemists devote their efforts to develop new bond-forming and bond-breaking reactions. Prof. Tamao's cross-coupling reaction is an efficient method for bond-forming between two components, that normally do not react without ...

| article courtesy of Japan Nanonet Bulletin |
 
Nano News : USA

NanoHealth alliance gets federal funds

 

The Alliance for NanoHealth, a Houston-based nanotechnology research initiative, has been awarded $2.8 million in U.S. Department of Defense funding to develop interdisciplinary research projects on various aspects of nanotechnology.

The $388 billion spending bill recently passed by Congress includes $7.4 million designated for the Alliance for NanoHealth, a coalition of six Houston-area research institutions

NASA funding in the spending bill includes $2 million earmarked for additional collaborative research projects among the...read the wave

 

30 - 12- 2004
MEMS : USA

Chip-Scale Magnetic Sensor Draws on Mini Clock Design

 

A low-power, magnetic sensor about the size of a grain of rice that can detect magnetic field changes as small as 50 picoteslas—a million times weaker than the Earth's magnetic field—has been demonstrated by researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Described in the Dec. 27 issue of Applied Physics Letters,* the device can be powered with batteries and is about 100 times smaller than current atom-based sensors with similar sensitivities, which typically weigh several kilograms (about 6 pounds).

The new magnetic sensor is based on the principles of...read the wave

 

Nano Biz : Global

Small wonders

 

ATOMS are the fundamental building blocks of matter, which means they are very small indeed. The world at the scale of atoms and molecules is difficult to describe and hard to imagine. It is so odd that it even has its own special branch of physics, called quantum mechanics, to explain the strange things that happen there. If you were to throw a tennis ball against a brick wall, you might be surprised if the ball passed cleanly through the wall and sailed out on the other side. Yet this is the kind of thing that happens at the quantum scale. At very small scales, the properties of a material, such as colour, magnetism and the ability to conduct electricity, also change in unexpected ways...read the wave

 

 
Nano Electronics : Germany

Tegal moves European headquarters to Dresden

 

Tegal Corp. has moved its European headquarters to Thiendorf, near Dresden, from Munich, Germany. The company is a designer and manufacturer of plasma etch and deposition systems used in the production of ICs and nanotechnology devices. According to Tegal, all European sales, service and support will be directed out of this new location. In addition, Tegal intends to expand its infrastructure there to support some assembly and test operations.

"Moving our European headquarters to Dresden and enhancing our technical capability there will allow us to provide the needed support for several nearby tier one manufacturers, said Michael Parodi, Tegal's chairman, president, CEO. In addition, the combination of outstanding technical resources, high-quality labor pool and investment incentives present in the state of Saxony make it a suitable location from which to serve all of Europe," Parodi added.

 

 
Nano Electronics : Taiwan

TSMC Ramping 90nm Volume Production

 

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) said today its Nexsys 90nm process has ramped to several thousand 300mm wafers per month with volumes planned to accelerate throughout 2005.

The company said it would perform a major capacity expansion to aggressively ramp 90nm technology at two of its fabs, Fab 12 and Fab 14, for the process, which includes copper interconnect, low-k dielectrics and 300mm wafer capabilities...read the wave

 

 
Nano Biz : USA

Nano-Proprietary, Inc. and KRI, Inc. to Collaborate on Automotive Fuel Cell Hydrogen Sensor

 

AUSTIN, Texas, (PRIMEZONE) -- Austin, Texas-based Nano-Proprietary, Inc. (OTC BB:NNPP.OB - News), through its subsidiary, Applied Nanotech, Inc. (ANI), today announced that it has entered into a research and development agreement with KRI, Inc. (KRI) to develop a hydrogen sensor for automotive fuel cell applications. KRI, Inc. is the research and development subsidiary of Osaka Gas Co. Ltd., the second largest gas utility company in Japan.

This subcontract is the result of a joint proposal submitted by KRI and ANI to NEDO, the New Energy Industrial Technology Development Organization established by the Japanese Government in 1980. NEDO launched a new...read the wave

 

 
Nano News : Israel

Building Golden Nanobridges

 

Professor Ron Naaman and his research team in the Chemical Physics Department of the Weizmann Institute in Rechovot have developed a way to create nanotransistors that is the most suitable to date for large scale production and the development of a variety of industrial applications.

Their system involves the construction of carbon nanotube "bridges" spanning a silicon surface between two gold contacts. Tiny spoonfuls of phosphates, sugars and nucleotides were used to create unique strands of DNA programmed to form attachments with carbon nanotubes. Next, they used the same method to create another set of...read the wave

 

 
Nano Biz : Wales

Q Chip seals deal with biotech firm

 

WELSH nanotechnology company Q Chip has signed a new research deal with one of the UK's biggest biotechnology firms.

Cardiff-based Q Chip has agreed the joint venture with FTSE techMark 100-listed Biocompatibles International, a medical device company which is focused on the treatment of cardiovascular disease, cancer and benign tumours.

The Welsh company possesses technology which enables the production of uniform particles at a molecular level.

It uses tiny capillaries etched in wafers to precisely create micro and nanoparticles...read the wave

 

 
29 - 12- 2004
Nano Debate : Australia

Mega fear over something nano

 

If you believe the hype, the nanotechnology revolution will deliver a future of unprecedented material abundance for everyone, limitless energy, ecological sustainability, improved human health and performance, and smarter, cheaper and more efficient materials and products.

But there is another nanotechnological future that we are beginning to hear more about. This is one of toxic nanoparticle pollution, powerful new military equipment and weapons, ubiquitous surveillance devices, widening global inequities and the further concentration of corporate ownership and control across all industrial sectors.

Nanotechnology refers to a new range of...read the wave

 

 
Nano Radio : BBC

Grey Goo's Sticky Mess

 

BBC Radio 4's Analysis: Grey Goo's Sticky Mess, will be broadcast on Thursday, 30 December, 2004 at 20:30 GMT.

The programme transcript will be available in the New Year.

What could happen when we tinker with matter at the tiniest level - nanotechnology - has got royalty and even eminent scientists worried.

But the technology that some fear could bring so-called "grey goo" also offers us huge opportunities in energy, electronics and biomedicine.

In this week's Analysis Natasha Loder asks if the potential of nanotechnology merits running risks with the unknown and how those exploiting it should be policed...read the wave

 

 
Nano Products - Medicine : Japan

Hay fever remedies change tack

 

Well in advance of next spring's hay fever season, some interesting new additions have been made to the arsenal of weapons used to fight the allergic reaction.

Pills, masks and nasal sprays are the typical line of defense against the onslaught of cedar pollen. But now, thanks to Lion Corp. and Fumakilla Co., people have the option of spraying their coats instead of their noses and rubbing cream in their nostrils rather than popping pills...read the wave

 

 
Nano Medicine : USA

Using Customized Nanoparticles,
UB Scientists Achieve Non-Viral Gene Delivery In Vitro and Track it in Real-Time

 

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A gene therapy method that doesn't rely on potentially toxic viruses as vectors may be growing closer as the result of in vitro research results reported by University at Buffalo scientists in the current online issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The paper, which describes the successful uptake of a fluorescent gene by cells using novel nanoparticles developed as DNA carriers at UB, demonstrates that the nanoparticles ultimately may prove an efficient and desirable alternative vector to viruses.

Using confocal microscopy and fluorescent spectroscopy, the UB scientists tracked optically in real-time the process known as transfection, including the delivery of genes into cells, the uptake of genes by the nucleus and their expression...read the wave

 

 
Nano Products : Malaysia

Protective glass coating for centre

 

VISITORS need not worry about being exposed to harmful rays from the sun when browsing the merchandise at Samsung Digital Media Plaza in Bintang Walk (in front of Lot 10 Shopping Centre). It has just been coated with KristalBond, a liquid protective glass coating.

The glass coating is boldly called the earth's new ozone layer as, according to KristalBond general manager Tan Chee Yuen, it shields off 99% of harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays and 90% of infrared (IR) rays, thus reducing the bleaching effect of sunlight in the dome-like structure...read the wave

 

 
Nano News : In French

Vers les nanotechnologies dans l'espace ?

 

La NASA dépense chaque année environ 40 millions de dollars pour la recherche en nanotechnologies. Le Ames Research Center de la NASA, situé en Californie, travaille depuis plusieurs années sur d'éventuelles applications spatiales. Des éléments de démonstration utilisant des nanotubes de carbone ont déjà été mis au point, tels un capteur pouvant servir lors de missions de cosmochimie, ou un spectromètre à rayons X, susceptible de servir à l'exploration du sol martien à l'horizon 2010.

Lors d'un congrès sur les nanotechnologies sponsorisé par la NASA en 2004 avaient été identifiées six champs potentiels d'applications spatiales...read the wave

 

 
Nano Electronics : Global

Climpse Into Tomorrow: Nanotech Metrology

 

The future of nanotech metrology is being shaped in advanced laboratories such as NIST's (Gaithersburg, Md.) Nanoelectronic Device Metrology Project, headed by Curt Richter. The project team is developing metrology to enable new nanotechnologies (such as silicon-based quantum devices, molecular electronics and organic thin-film transistors) to supplement or supplant conventional CMOS devices. Richter makes the point that by "metrology" NIST means measurement as opposed to industry, which views it as online process monitoring. Thus, much of NIST's "metrology" industry would call "analytical characterization," which is what is needed today to meet future device needs...read the wave

 

 
Nano News : Global

Rebuilding Things "Atom by Atom"

Nanoscience expert Chad Mirkin discusses the promise of supersmall materials, what breakthroughs are likely, and what's just hype

 

Chad Mirkin is a world leader in a field with potential that's near limitless: Nanotechnology. Governments, venture funds, and angel investors are pouring billions of dollars into the area, hoping that the ability to manipulate materials at the atomic level will produce revolutionary medicines, metals, and fuels.

Mirkin is director of Northwestern University's Institute for Nanotechnology, one of the field's research hot spots. He says while certain aspects of nano...read the wave

 

 
Nano Medicine + Debate : UK-USA

Nanotechnology boost for medical diagnosis

 

Don't tell Prince Charles, but scientists in the US have turned to nanotechnology in the fight against cancer. While HRH's worries over the science of the very small sparked headlines last year about the world being consumed by "grey goo", doctors at Harvard medical school have been injecting magnetic nanoparticles to track tumours.

The millions of miniature metal balls flood the body and concentrate in healthy lymph nodes. Using medical imaging equipment, the scientists then scan cancer patients for the particles to see if their nodes are normal or malignant, which show a different pattern. This tells the doctors how far the disease has spread and influences how it is treated...read the wave

 

28 - 12- 2004
Nano Debate : Australia

Mega fear over something nano

 

If you believe the hype, the nanotechnology revolution will deliver a future of unprecedented material abundance for everyone, limitless energy, ecological sustainability, improved human health and performance, and smarter, cheaper and more efficient materials and products.

But there is another nanotechnological future that we are beginning to hear more about. This is one of toxic nanoparticle pollution, powerful new military equipment and weapons, ubiquitous surveillance devices, widening global inequities and the further concentration of corporate ownership and control across all industrial sectors.

Nanotechnology refers to a new range of...read the wave

 

 
Nano Radio : BBC

Grey Goo's Sticky Mess

 

BBC Radio 4's Analysis: Grey Goo's Sticky Mess, will be broadcast on Thursday, 30 December, 2004 at 20:30 GMT.

The programme transcript will be available in the New Year.

What could happen when we tinker with matter at the tiniest level - nanotechnology - has got royalty and even eminent scientists worried.

But the technology that some fear could bring so-called "grey goo" also offers us huge opportunities in energy, electronics and biomedicine.

In this week's Analysis Natasha Loder asks if the potential of nanotechnology merits running risks with the unknown and how those exploiting it should be policed...read the wave

 

 
Nano Products - Medicine : Japan

Hay fever remedies change tack

 

Well in advance of next spring's hay fever season, some interesting new additions have been made to the arsenal of weapons used to fight the allergic reaction.

Pills, masks and nasal sprays are the typical line of defense against the onslaught of cedar pollen. But now, thanks to Lion Corp. and Fumakilla Co., people have the option of spraying their coats instead of their noses and rubbing cream in their nostrils rather than popping pills...read the wave

 

 
Nano Medicine : USA

Using Customized Nanoparticles,
UB Scientists Achieve Non-Viral Gene Delivery In Vitro and Track it in Real-Time

 

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A gene therapy method that doesn't rely on potentially toxic viruses as vectors may be growing closer as the result of in vitro research results reported by University at Buffalo scientists in the current online issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The paper, which describes the successful uptake of a fluorescent gene by cells using novel nanoparticles developed as DNA carriers at UB, demonstrates that the nanoparticles ultimately may prove an efficient and desirable alternative vector to viruses.

Using confocal microscopy and fluorescent spectroscopy, the UB scientists tracked optically in real-time the process known as transfection, including the delivery of genes into cells, the uptake of genes by the nucleus and their expression...read the wave

 

 
Nano Products : Malaysia

Protective glass coating for centre

 

VISITORS need not worry about being exposed to harmful rays from the sun when browsing the merchandise at Samsung Digital Media Plaza in Bintang Walk (in front of Lot 10 Shopping Centre). It has just been coated with KristalBond, a liquid protective glass coating.

The glass coating is boldly called the earth's new ozone layer as, according to KristalBond general manager Tan Chee Yuen, it shields off 99% of harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays and 90% of infrared (IR) rays, thus reducing the bleaching effect of sunlight in the dome-like structure...read the wave

 

 
Nano News : In French

Vers les nanotechnologies dans l'espace ?

 

La NASA dépense chaque année environ 40 millions de dollars pour la recherche en nanotechnologies. Le Ames Research Center de la NASA, situé en Californie, travaille depuis plusieurs années sur d'éventuelles applications spatiales. Des éléments de démonstration utilisant des nanotubes de carbone ont déjà été mis au point, tels un capteur pouvant servir lors de missions de cosmochimie, ou un spectromètre à rayons X, susceptible de servir à l'exploration du sol martien à l'horizon 2010.

Lors d'un congrès sur les nanotechnologies sponsorisé par la NASA en 2004 avaient été identifiées six champs potentiels d'applications spatiales...read the wave

 

 
Nano Electronics : Global

Climpse Into Tomorrow: Nanotech Metrology

 

The future of nanotech metrology is being shaped in advanced laboratories such as NIST's (Gaithersburg, Md.) Nanoelectronic Device Metrology Project, headed by Curt Richter. The project team is developing metrology to enable new nanotechnologies (such as silicon-based quantum devices, molecular electronics and organic thin-film transistors) to supplement or supplant conventional CMOS devices. Richter makes the point that by "metrology" NIST means measurement as opposed to industry, which views it as online process monitoring. Thus, much of NIST's "metrology" industry would call "analytical characterization," which is what is needed today to meet future device needs...read the wave

 

 
Nano News : Global

Rebuilding Things "Atom by Atom"

Nanoscience expert Chad Mirkin discusses the promise of supersmall materials, what breakthroughs are likely, and what's just hype

 

Chad Mirkin is a world leader in a field with potential that's near limitless: Nanotechnology. Governments, venture funds, and angel investors are pouring billions of dollars into the area, hoping that the ability to manipulate materials at the atomic level will produce revolutionary medicines, metals, and fuels.

Mirkin is director of Northwestern University's Institute for Nanotechnology, one of the field's research hot spots. He says while certain aspects of nano...read the wave

 

 
Nano Medicine + Debate : UK-USA

Nanotechnology boost for medical diagnosis

 

Don't tell Prince Charles, but scientists in the US have turned to nanotechnology in the fight against cancer. While HRH's worries over the science of the very small sparked headlines last year about the world being consumed by "grey goo", doctors at Harvard medical school have been injecting magnetic nanoparticles to track tumours.

The millions of miniature metal balls flood the body and concentrate in healthy lymph nodes. Using medical imaging equipment, the scientists then scan cancer patients for the particles to see if their nodes are normal or malignant, which show a different pattern. This tells the doctors how far the disease has spread and influences how it is treated...read the wave

 

27 - 12- 2004
Nano Medicine : USA

Predicting your cancer risk & Creating
3-D pictures of cancer spread

 

Finding lymph node metastases in cancer

In a paper published in the premier open-access medical journal PloS Medicine this month, Mukesh Harisinghani and Ralph Weissleder describe a technique that could begin to make the staging of cancer both more accurate and less invasive. Correct staging of cancers is one of the most important parts of the work up of patients for both prediction of outcome and determination of the most appropriate treatment. But at the moment many staging techniques either require surgery or are not sufficiently accurate.

The authors used extremely small magnetic particles (called nanoparticles) that homed to lymph nodes, and then...read the wave

 

 
the tsunami is gaining height “ | Tim Harper | Cientifica
 
Nano News : Israel

Israeli nano-lubricant could mean no more oil changes

 

Imagine buying a new car and driving it for 10 years without once taking it for an oil-and-lube job. The engine won't even have a dipstick to check the oil. That's what the future holds if Rehovot-based ApNano Materials succeeds in marketing NanoLub.

NanoLub is the world's first synthetic lubricant to be based on spherical inorganic nanoparticles. As with other lubricants, its job is to reduce wear and friction between moving objects (like engine parts), enabling longer operation and higher efficiency. NanoLub dramatically outperforms every known commercial solid lubricant marketed today...read the wave

 

 
Nano News : Israel

Technion invests $750,000 in holographic storage co Matteris

Matteris is developing a holographic storage system that raises information storage capacity more than 1,000-fold.

 

Matteris is developing a holographic storage system for storing greater volumes of information than currently possible. The product is designed to save large and small enterprises money, and will later be adapted for home use.

Holographic storage is an innovative optical method for information storage, which exploits a material's volume and not just its surface, enabling the storage of 1,000 times more information than other storage systems. Matteris has developed an innovative material for holographic information storage, based on innovative nanotechnology materials know-how...read the wave

 

 
Nano News : USA

UK helps engineering students think small in nanotechnology

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Some undergraduate students at the University of Kentucky are learning about nanotechnology in a new certificate program.

Nanotechnology is the manipulation of particles that are as small as one-eighty-thousandth the width of a human hair. It's a field that is already having huge implications in science and engineering.

"So much research is going on around this field," said Pinar Menguc, a professor of mechanical engineering at UK, "but the concepts required to understand nanotechnology are not taught in the mainstream curriculum."

Menguc said in 10 years, nanotechnology will be completely integrated into engineering courses, but in the meantime, UK students needed a chance to get ahead...read the wave

 

 
Future Technology

Just How Old Can He Go?

 

Ray Kurzweil began his dinner with a pill. "A starch blocker," he explained, "one of my 250 supplements a day."

The risk of encountering starchy food seemed slight indeed at the vegetarian restaurant in Manhattan he had selected, where the fare was heavy with kale, seaweed, tofu, steamed broccoli and bean sprouts. But Mr. Kurzweil, a renowned inventor and computer scientist, has strong views on dietary matters.

His regimen for longevity is not everyone's cup of tea (preferably green tea, Mr. Kurzweil advises, which contains extra antioxidants to reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer). And most people would scoff at his notion that emerging trends in medicine, biotechnology and nanotechnology open a realistic path to...read the wave

 

 
Nano Biz : USA + Asia

NanoDynamics announces Asian deal

 

A Buffalo company that specializes in thinking small has finalized a distribution agreement that will take it into the Japanese and Korean markets.

NanoDynamics Inc. announced Monday that its nano- and micron-sized metal powders will be marketed in Japan and Korea by Kanematsu-KGK, a Japanese distributor of advanced materials and machine tools...read the wave

 

 
Nano Medicine : USA + India

MIT cheers his malaria fight, cell by tiny cell

 

Mumbai, On the world map of medicine’s war against malaria, an engineer with roots in IIT Chennai is cutting new headway from a lab at MIT, Massachusetts.

His first love is not biology, but non-living materials and structures at the nano scale: 1/80,000th the breadth of a human hair.

Subra Suresh (48), head of MIT’s department of materials science and engineering since 2000, has manoeuvred engineering tools that probe mechanical properties of materials, to provide new quantitative insights into how malaria affects human red blood cells...read the wave

 

 
Nano News : Iran

Iranian NanoTechnology Newsletter # 74

 

We are once again pleased to publish news from Iranian NanoTechnology Policy Studies Committee via their latest Iranian Nano Technology Newsletter.

This link is published as a service to many of our global visitors. Please note that the link is to a non-English language web site so we have not been about to check this link to ascertain if it contains any “non appropriate “ language or statements.

Judging from the earlier high standard of news published items from the Iranian NanoTechnology Policy Studies Committee, Nano Tsunami is happy to add this link to our site. However, Nano Tsunami cannot be held reasonable for any remarks made by the Iranian NanoTechnology Policy Studies Committee web site or their newsletters.

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Nano News : USA

Creating a sticky situation

 

If humans ever gain the ability to crawl up walls like geckos, you can bet that it might have something to do with nanotechnology research.

Creating an artificial version of the tiny fibers on geckos' toes is just one research project among many at Nanosys in Palo Alto. Even if the product, dubbed ``nano fur,'' doesn't pan out in consumer products such as sneakers for walking up walls, Nanosys believes the technology will be an important tool for molecular researchers.

Founded in 2001, Nanosys is creating...read the wave

 

 
Nano News : USA

Molecular Motors

 

The Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman of the California Institute of Technology closed his visionary 1959 talk on the potential of nanotechnology, "There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom," by offering a prize to the first person "who makes a motor which can be controlled from the outside and, not counting the lead-in wires, is only a 1/64 th-inch cube." That's half the thickness of a credit card.

What Feynman didn't realize at the time, and couldn't have known, was that he was already in possession of trillions of devices far smaller and more powerful than he imagined. To utter this challenge and to...read the wave

 

23 - 12- 2004
...'tis the season to be jolly : Global News

The Physics of Santa Claus

 

Calculations maintain that the laws of physics should prevent Santa Claus from delivering all his gifts and that Santa would burn up in the atmosphere if he tried. The internet magazine, forskning.no, has put together a team of four top researchers to look into the case. The panel’s conclusion is clear: Santa can do the job and Christmas is saved!

Every Christmas, calculations circulate that have been dubbed “The Physics of Santa Claus”. The calculations cast doubt as to whether Santa Claus could possibly deliver gifts to all the world’s good children – and still remain within the laws of physics. To deliver gifts to all who deserve them, they assert, Santa would need to move so fast that he would vaporise due to air resistance, be torn to pieces by gravitational forces or suffer other terrible fates we wouldn’t wish for Santa Claus...read the wave

 

 
Nano Research : USA

MSI Reveals Invention for Detection and Precise Quantification of Molecules

 

Berkeley, CA - December 21, 2004 - Researchers at The Molecular Sciences Institute revealed means for sensitive detection and precise quantification of arbitrarily designated molecules. The work is published in the current issue of Nature Methods.

The Cover Article, entitled "Using protein-DNA chimeras to detect and count small numbers of molecules," describes "tadpole" molecules, and their use to detect and count small numbers of proteins and other molecules.

Detection and quantification methods based on these molecules have exquisite sensitivity, immense dynamic range, and unprecedented quantitative precision. These attributes should make the...read the wave

 

 
Nano Research : USA

Nanotubes form along atomic steps

 

The Weizmann Institute of Science have announced that a research group headed by Dr. Ernesto Joselevich has developed a new approach to create patterns of carbon nanotubes by formation along atomic steps on sapphire surfaces. Carbon nanotubes are excellent candidates for the production of nanoelectronic circuits, but their assembly into ordered arrays remains a major obstacle toward this application.

The team was initially researching in a different direction: they were trying to give carbon nanotubes (structures reminiscent of rolled-up sheets of graphite) a preferred orientation on a wafer by applying an electrical field as the tubes were being formed. This works very well with silicon dioxide wafers...read the wave

 

 
Nano Debate : UK

Small but deadly

 

In his novel Prey, Michael Crichton portrayed a future threatened by minuscule, self-replicating robots that begin to consume the planet. That's still in the realm of science fiction, but not everyone believes that nanotechnology is inherently safe. The Prince of Wales, for instance, warned us a year ago that the unleashing of small-scale "nano" particles on an unprepared world could result in a Thalidomide-like health disaster.

It is not easy to dismiss such fears over the possible health effects of nanotechnology ...read the wave

 

 
Future Technology : Germany

New graphic displays for the blind:
caesar receives research prize

Scientists from the caesar research center have been awarded a prize by the Spanish foundation ONCE

 

Bonn, The micro robotic group at the caesar research center has recently been awarded one of three research prizes by the ONCE foundation in Madrid. The ONCE foundation is dedicated to the social integration of the handicapped and blind in particular. With this EUR 60,000 prize, the Spanish organization acknowledges the invention of a new mechanism for graphical tactile displays for the blind...read the wave

 

 
Nano Electronics : Taiwan

TSMC Achieves 90nm ICs Using Immersion Litho

 

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) today reported it has used immersion lithography tools to produce fully functional 90nm devices, moving the technology closer to production-ready status.

TSMC also made clear in its statement that this finding was presented in a keynote speech at a lithography symposium in Japan on December 1, likely attempting to predate reports that IBM had achieved similar results, but not officially announced by IBM...read the wave

 

 
Nano Products : USA

Is it Metal or Rubber or MetalRubber ?

 

Researchers at Virginia-based NanoSonic have devised a new materal they call " Metal Rubber " that can conduct electricity as well as a bar of steel and stretch to three times its length.

" Metal Rubber " could lead to everything from more flexible article limbs to aircraft wings with more give to bendable circuits that make your laptop or cellphone more durable.

A spokeperson for NanoSonic said the substance could be used in products as early as 2006. But there are more than a few hurdles to overcome. To date it takes a day and half to make a 12-inch square piece of the material...read the wave

 

 
Nano Research : Japan

Nanotubes make ice at room temperature

 

Microscopic carbon nanotubes can be used to create ice at room temperature, according to experiments conducted Monday by a group of researchers from the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology and Tokyo Metropolitan University.

When water was put into the carbon nanotubes, it was found to freeze at only 27 C. The nanotubes have been causing a stir in the scientific community as a next-generation material...read the wave

 

22 - 12- 2004
Nano Research : USA

Hydrated Electrons Can Take More Than One Guise

 

Scientists with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) appear to have settled a long-standing scientific question about water clusters – aggregates of water molecules that feature unique properties, somewhere between that of liquid water and steam. Experiments led by Daniel Neumark, director of Berkeley Lab’s Chemical Sciences Division, have identified two distinct forms of negatively charged water clusters, thereby providing new insight into the fundamentally important interaction between electrons and water...read the wave

 

 
Nano News : Australia

NANO commissions unique instrument to analyse 3-D nanostructure

 

The Nanostructural Analysis Network Organisation (NANO) has commissioned at the University of Sydney a unique state-of-the-art instrument for nanostructural analysis.

The LEAP® Atom Probe Microscope developed and marketed by Imago Scientific Instruments Corporation, of Madison, Wisconsin USA, represents world leading capability for 3-D imaging and analysis at the atomic scale.

“We are pleased that Australia’s national nanotechnology facility has selected our instrument for some of their most advanced problems,” said Dr. Timothy Stultz...read the wave

 

 
Nano News : Global

Hydrogen Technologies:
Are Advancements Robust Enough
to Deliver on Hydrogen's Immense Potential?

 

LONDON, December 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The need for 'green' power and fuel efficiency is motivating the energy community to investigate hydrogen as a compelling alternative fuel. While hydrogen continues to pose significant challenges in terms of commercial production, storage and transportation, the market is rapidly evolving with diverse production and storage technologies, which are at different stages of commercial development.

Hydrogen is being regarded as a promising candidate to replace conventional hydrocarbon fuels in the long run. As researchers strive to solve...read the wave

 

 
Nano Research : USA

SEMATECH North Advances EUV Technology by Reducing Defects in Mask Blanks

 

ALBANY, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- Researchers at SEMATECH North have reached a significant milestone in reducing deposition tool-generated defects in mask blanks used for extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUVL), bringing that technology a step closer to commercial feasibility.

Technologists from SEMATECH, Veeco Instruments Inc. (NASDAQ: VECO), and Asahi Glass achieved an extremely low level of added defects in recent work with Veeco's NEXUS system, an ion beam deposition (IBD) low defect density (LDD) tool for deposition of critical films. Following a two-year effort to improve tool hardware, process parameters and handling protocols, the technologists deposited EUV multilayers with as few as one defect per mask at 80 nm resolution, which translates into 0.005 defects per square centimeter. A state-of-the-art laser-based defect detection system was used to identify the defects...read the wave

 

 
Nano Research : Canada

Key Step In Nanoassembly Pioneered At NINT

 

NINT researcher Dr. Hicham Fenniri continues to push the boundaries of nanotube self-assembly. His team of Visiting Fellow Dr. Jose Raez and PhD candidate Jesus Moralez was able to align organic nanotubes using simple drop flow methods - the first time this has ever been done. The results are reported in the prestigious Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS).

This accomplishment is a huge boost for the field of molecular electronics - the development of electronic devices based on components consisting of individual molecules rather than the continuous materials found in today's semiconductor devices...read the wave

 

 
Nano News : India + Ukraine

India, Ukraine to sign intellectual property rights pact

 

[India News]: India and Ukraine will soon sign an agreement to protect intellectual property rights especially in the sphere of Science and Technology.

Minister for Science and Technology and Ocean Development , Kapil Sibal while inaugurating the Exhibition on Ukrainian Science and Technology here today, he said that negotiations between the two countries are at an advanced stage and the agreement is likely to be signed during his visit to Ukraine next year...read the wave

 

 
Nano News : South Korea

Korean patents in English language online

 

FIZ Karlsruhe, one of Europe’s leading providers of information services, and European partner of premier science and technology online service STN International, has added KOREAPAT, a new bibliographic file covering Korean patents, to its comprehensive product portfolio. Together with the Japanese patent database JAPIO, STN now offers two valuable sources of patent information from Asia.

The Korean patents reflect a flourishing economy. After 40 years of rapid economic development, the Republic of Korea is now one of the important industrialized countries (member of the OECD since 1996). Ranked by gross national product, the Korean economy is the world’s no. 12...read the wave

 

21 - 12- 2004
Nano Medicine : USA

UCSB scientists build nanoscale 'jigsaw' puzzles made of RNA

 

(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – Scientists at the University of California, Santa Barbara, working at the leading edge of bionanotechnology, are using assembly and folding principles of natural RNA, or ribonucleic acid, to build beautiful and potentially useful artificial structures at the nano-scale. Possible applications include the development of nanocircuits, medical implants, and improved medical testing...read the wave

 

 
Nano News : Germany

Germany recognised as European leader in nanotechnology

 

Germany has been recognised as a European leader in nanotechnology.

Currently, more than half of Europe’s nanotechnology companies are from Germany and of all the patent applications from across the world, German researchers are only beaten by the Americans in terms of quantity.

“We’ve made huge progress in the past six years,” said Ulrich Kasparick, Parliamentary Secretary of State for Education and Research (BMBF)...read the wave

 

 
Nano News : France

Nanotechnologies : la France dope la science du petit

 

Le ministre délégué à la Recherche, François d’Aubert, s'est rendu au CEA Grenoble pour présenter le programme "Nanosciences-Nanotechnologies", l’un des programmes thématiques de la future Agence nationale de la recherche dans lequel le CEA sera fortement engagé.

Le programme Nanosciences-Nanotechnologies sera coordonné par l’Agence nationale de la recherche, pour une durée de trois ans. Il sera mis en œuvre dans le cadre d’un réseau d’innovation technologique, le Réseau national en nanosciences et en nanotechnologies (R3N)...read the wave

 

 
Nano Funding : France

France provides 210 million euro for nanotechnologies

 

France will increase its funding for nanosciences and nanotechnologies from 30 million to 70 million euro over three years, the country's Research Minister, François d'Aubert, has announced.

Speaking at the launch of France's new National Research Agency, which will officially start operating in January, Mr d'Aubert explained that every effort possible would be made to maintain France's position as a world leader in nanotechnologies.

'A market of several hundred billion euro will open up to French enterprises by 2010, on condition that we know how to anticipate this technological revolution, prepare the discoveries upstream and transform the trials downstream, by making all the actors in this field work in perfect synergy,' said Mr d'Aubert...read the wave

 

 
Nano Debate : Europe

Results of nanotechnology survey highlight wants and needs of Europe's scientists

 

The results of an online survey on 'a European strategy for nanotechnology' illustrate the areas that Europe's researchers consider should be a priority. Respondents overwhelmingly called for more European funding, new infrastructure, further nanotechnology education and training, increased international cooperation and a dialogue with society. The survey was conducted by Nanoforum, a thematic network funded under the EU's Fifth Framework Programme (FP5), in collaboration with the European Commission.

Over 90 per cent of respondents agreed that...read the wave

 

 
Nano Products : Global

New products loom on nanotech horizons

Coming soon: 'Smart' dust, light bulbs that last forever

 

Beyond the cutting edge products being created with nanotechnology, just beyond the horizon, lies even more technology that’s not quite available. These are the kinds of products that researchers are working on that may change our lives two, three, five years down the line. And these products are so small you need extremely powerful electron and tunneling microscopes just to see them.

The list includes atmospheric sensors no bigger than specks of dust and a light bulb that never burns out...read the wave

 

 
Nano News :

Taking a look back from 2020

 

Commentary--With this column, Peter Cochrane and silicon.com are pleased to announce the winners of our competition for the best 'Uncommon Sense' idea.

The first-prize winner is Ian McNairn, an IT professional, trained biologist and serious photographer living in Buckinghamshire, England. He's been reading Peter's columns on silicon.com for over two years...read the wave

 

 
Nano News : India + USA

US expert calls for more joint efforts with Indian scientists

 

THOUGH the United States prefers better ties with Pakistan when it comes to international diplomacy, it’s Indian brains that the Americans praise in the context of science and technology. Eminent scientist Dr Thomas Weber, representing the US-based National Science Foundation (NSF), on Sunday called for further collaboration between Indian and American scientists in the edge cutting research areas of nanoscience.

Speaking at a three-day Indo-US workshop on ‘Collaborations and Networking in Materials for 2020’ at the National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), Dr Weber acknowledged the contribution of Indian scientists in advanced research...read the wave

 

 
Nano Optics : USA

Exploring the Next Wave in Optics

 

A Sterling company called 4Wave is trying to turn its nanotechnology materials into big things in the optical component market.

"We're in the business of developing materials that are created one atomic layer at a time," said Trey Middleton, vice president of business development for 4Wave. The company's technology, called biased target deposition, is used to create optical films for 4Wave's main product: a multi-filter chip. The chip is the heart of a multiplexer, a device that filters the light used in high-speed fiber optic cables to transmit the zeroes and ones of computer language...read the wave

 

20 - 12- 2004
Nano Storage : USA

DNA may hold key to information
processing and data storage

 

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL--The DNA molecule--nature's premier data storage material--may hold the key for the information technology industry as it faces demands for more compact data processing and storage circuitry. A team led by Richard Kiehl, a professor of electrical engineering at the University of Minnesota, has used DNA's ability to assemble itself into predetermined patterns to construct a synthetic DNA scaffolding with regular, closely spaced docking sites that can direct the assembly of circuits for processing or storing data. The scaffolding has the potential to self-assemble components 1,000 times as densely as the best information processing circuitry and 100 times the best data storage circuitry now in the pipeline...read the wave

 

 
Nano Debate : USA

Nanotubes probably safe, Nobel winner says

 

Will nanotubes be the next asbestos and cause massive health problems? Probably not, says Richard Smalley, the Nobel Prize winner who discovered fullerene carbon, the carbon used in nanotubes. But scientists, health officials and others who work closely with the thin carbon coils will need to demonstrate extreme caution, he says.

Carbon nanotubes have emerged as a miracle material that could revolutionize a number of industries. Questions about their...read the wave

 

 
Nano In Space : Trans - Global

Nanosat in Space

 

Kourou, French Guiana, December 18, 2004 - Arianespace has successfully launched the Helios IIA observation satellite for the French, Belgian and Spanish ministries of defense.

Following a flight lasting 60 minutes and 8 seconds, the Ariane 5 launch vehicle accurately injected Helios IIA into Sun-synchronous polar orbit. The mission also deployed six auxiliary payloads: four Essaim micro-satellites and two other small spacecraft, Parasol and Nanosat...read the wave

 

 
Nano Debate : EU

Outcome of the Open Consultation on the European Strategy for Nanotechnology

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

Nanoforum is a thematic network funded by the European Commission under the Fifth Framework Programme (Growth programme, contract number G5RT-CT-2002-05084). The contents of this report are the responsibility of the authors.

The content of this report is based on information collected in a survey and supplied to Nanoforum in good faith by external sources believed to be accurate. No responsibility is assumed by Nanoforum for errors, inaccuracies or omissions...read the wave

 

 
Nano News : In Dutch

Nanotechnologie en Europa
Resultaten van de Opiniepeiling door Nanoforum en de Europese Commissie

 

Nanoforum presenteerde vandaag de resultaten van de enquête over nanotechnologie in Europa aan. Bijna 750 mensen namen de moeite de online enquête op www.nanoforum.org in te vullen of e-mailden de Europese Commissie. Er is brede steun voor de “geïntegreerde en verantwoordelijke” strategie van de Europese Commissie, zoals voorgesteld in de Communicatie “Naar een Europese strategie voor nanotechnologie”, van mei j.l. Veel mensen benadrukten de noodzaak van een investeringsimpuls in Europees onderzoek en innovatie, om de internationale concurrentie bij te blijven. Tegelijkertijd moet zo snel mogelijk onderzoek gedaan worden naar mogelijke gezondheids en milieurisico’s en naar maatschappelijke aspecten. De Europese Commissie gebruikt de resultaten van de opiniepeiling voor het ontwikkelen van een Actieplan voor nanotechnologie...read the wave

 

 

Future Technology : Byelorussia

Liposomes with filling

 

Byelorussian scientists are developing their own, very promising option of drug formulation to fight against tuberculosis. Initial tests on animals have proved that it is possible to significantly increase therapy efficiency and to reduce side effects. The so-called liposomes - tiny lipidic corpuscles "filled with" drug substance - allow to achieve this goal.

Byelorussian scientists have learned to synthesize new antituberculosis antibiotic drug formulation - liposomal rifampicin. Tests on laboratory animals have brought out clearly that the liposomal preparation is twice as efficacious as ordinary rifampicin. The point is that the researchers suggest that antibiotic should not be used by itself, but enclosed into lipidic containers - liposomes...read the wave

This news is brought to you courtesy of Science News Agency "InformNauka" (Moscow)

 

 
Nano News : Germany

Interested in considerations about intelligent nanosystems ?

 

Here is an (hypothetical) example:

An "intelligent" nanoparticle unit could imitate a neural network. It could be a simple mixture of a few nanoparticles N and o:

N o N o N
o N o N o
N o N o N
o N o N o

N: Its state fluctuates. A neuron - a cell of the neural network.
o: Particle with memory properties. Represents the kind of connection between N-cells

The goal is to create a desired
- physical!
- chemical!
- mechanical (could be important for a NANOFACTORY!)
- or information-processing
behaviour of the "intelligent" nanoparticle unit - by a simple "evolution" process.

Such "intelligent" nanoparticle unit is organised a way that it is always able to create the correct conditions at the correct time and at the correct place, depending on the instantaneous values of certain ambient conditions.

For example: The intelligent nanoparticle unit could learn to do something (e.g. to rotate) when a specific local(!) event happens.

Contact Carsten Zander and …read the wave

 

 
Nano Medicine : USA

NCI Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer has launched the Nano Teaming Site

 

The NCI Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer has launched the Nano Teaming Site ( https://nano.nci.nih.gov/teaming/ ) to serve the growing need within research community to identify potential areas of collaboration across disciplines, organizations, and sectors.

The Nano Teaming Site contains information on investigators interested in nanotechnology and its application to reducing suffering and death due to cancer. The site is a user-driven database to enable researchers to explore partnering opportunities with other participating researchers with various areas of expertise.

Each participant creates a simple profile that contains contact information, affiliation and specific area(s) of expertise. Investigators can then search for other researchers with specific areas of expertise in particular organizations, identifying collaborative opportunities across the various disciplines participating in cancer nanotechnology research and development.

As information is gathered, the Nano Teaming Site will be a valuable tool for the cancer research community by facilitating the initial interfaces among investigators across multiple disciplines and sectors.

The Nano Teaming Site is posted on the NCI Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer website at http://nano.cancer.gov

 
Future Technology : Sweden

Stem cells transplanted to female foetus

 

AlphaGalileo --- A Swedish case where a certain type of stem cells has been transplanted to a foetus with a serious disease, was made public today. The results suggest that fetal mesenchymal stem cells may be a valuable source for transplantation and cell therapies.

A female foetus with multiple intrauterine fractures, diagnosed as severe osteogenesis imperfecta, was transplanted with HLA-mismatched mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) in the 32nd week of gestation. At 35 weeks, the baby girl was delivered by caesarean section. At nine months of age patient lymphocyte
proliferation against donor MSCs was not observed in co-culture, indicating that the patient was not immunised against the allogeneic cells...read the wave

 

 
Nano News : Israel

Tiny technology from Israel could give world a big boost

 

In 1959, physicist, bongo player and lothario Richard Feynman asked why scientists couldn’t engrave the entire 24 volumes of the Encyclopedia Britannica on the head of a pin.

Professor Uri Sivan’s response: Kid stuff.

The chief of nanotechnology at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology has progressed way beyond pinheads, instead crafting a transistor utilizing gold, bacterial DNA and a wire one-thousandth the width of the hair in your comb.

It isn’t that he’s created the world’s smallest transistor, admitted Sivan, in town this week for an international scientific conference in San Francisco. Others have built smaller. But Sivan and his team have created the world’s first transistor that, in essence, built itself...read the wave

 

 
Nano Electronics : Israel

Test tube transistor devised via molecular lithography

 

Researchers from the Israel Institute of Technology have developed what the university claims is a "transistor in a test tube", built via sequence-specific molecular lithography.

In a paper presented at the International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) this week, the Israel Institute of Technology (Haifa) claimed to have developed a field-effect transistor via a test tube -- with typical spacing between junctions as small as 10-nm. The functional element in the FET is a semiconducting signal wall carbon nanotube...read the wave

 

 
Nano Defense : USA

A material to save life and limb

FSU developing armor for troops' arms and legs

 

James Thagard held up the black plate - a square of what looked like plastic, created in a lab at Florida State University - and turned it.

The front bore a small entry hole. The back was marred by a misshapen lump the width of a golf ball.

Caught somewhere in the half-inch between was a 9 mm bullet.

It had hit with bone-breaking force but not penetrated.

That could eventually be good news for...read the wave

 

18 / 19 - 12- 2004
Editors Note :

 

 

Not much “ real Nanotech news “ to publish this weekend ( apologises then to Tim Harper ), and with the holiday season nearly upon us, I have taken the liberty to add some extra items to this weekends edition.

I hope you will enjoy, this mixed ( and hopefully informative ) selection of
“ nearly Nano “ items.

 
Nano Debate : EU

Outcome of the Open Consultation on the European Strategy for Nanotechnology

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

Nanoforum is a thematic network funded by the European Commission under the Fifth Framework Programme (Growth programme, contract number G5RT-CT-2002-05084). The contents of this report are the responsibility of the authors.

The content of this report is based on information collected in a survey and supplied to Nanoforum in good faith by external sources believed to be accurate. No responsibility is assumed by Nanoforum for errors, inaccuracies or omissions...read the wave

 

 
Nano News : In Dutch

Nanotechnologie en Europa
Resultaten van de Opiniepeiling door Nanoforum en de Europese Commissie

 

Nanoforum presenteerde vandaag de resultaten van de enquête over nanotechnologie in Europa aan. Bijna 750 mensen namen de moeite de online enquête op www.nanoforum.org in te vullen of e-mailden de Europese Commissie. Er is brede steun voor de “geïntegreerde en verantwoordelijke” strategie van de Europese Commissie, zoals voorgesteld in de Communicatie “Naar een Europese strategie voor nanotechnologie”, van mei j.l. Veel mensen benadrukten de noodzaak van een investeringsimpuls in Europees onderzoek en innovatie, om de internationale concurrentie bij te blijven. Tegelijkertijd moet zo snel mogelijk onderzoek gedaan worden naar mogelijke gezondheids en milieurisico’s en naar maatschappelijke aspecten. De Europese Commissie gebruikt de resultaten van de opiniepeiling voor het ontwikkelen van een Actieplan voor nanotechnologie...read the wave

 

 

Future Technology : Byelorussia

Liposomes with filling

 

Byelorussian scientists are developing their own, very promising option of drug formulation to fight against tuberculosis. Initial tests on animals have proved that it is possible to significantly increase therapy efficiency and to reduce side effects. The so-called liposomes - tiny lipidic corpuscles "filled with" drug substance - allow to achieve this goal.

Byelorussian scientists have learned to synthesize new antituberculosis antibiotic drug formulation - liposomal rifampicin. Tests on laboratory animals have brought out clearly that the liposomal preparation is twice as efficacious as ordinary rifampicin. The point is that the researchers suggest that antibiotic should not be used by itself, but enclosed into lipidic containers - liposomes...read the wave

This news is brought to you courtesy of Science News Agency "InformNauka" (Moscow)

 

 
Nano News : Germany

Interested in considerations about intelligent nanosystems ?

 

Here is an (hypothetical) example:

An "intelligent" nanoparticle unit could imitate a neural network. It could be a simple mixture of a few nanoparticles N and o:

N o N o N
o N o N o
N o N o N
o N o N o

N: Its state fluctuates. A neuron - a cell of the neural network.
o: Particle with memory properties. Represents the kind of connection between N-cells

The goal is to create a desired
- physical!
- chemical!
- mechanical (could be important for a NANOFACTORY!)
- or information-processing
behaviour of the "intelligent" nanoparticle unit - by a simple "evolution" process.

Such "intelligent" nanoparticle unit is organised a way that it is always able to create the correct conditions at the correct time and at the correct place, depending on the instantaneous values of certain ambient conditions.

For example: The intelligent nanoparticle unit could learn to do something (e.g. to rotate) when a specific local(!) event happens.

Contact Carsten Zander and …read the wave

 

 
Nano Medicine : USA

NCI Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer has launched the Nano Teaming Site

 

The NCI Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer has launched the Nano Teaming Site ( https://nano.nci.nih.gov/teaming/ ) to serve the growing need within research community to identify potential areas of collaboration across disciplines, organizations, and sectors.

The Nano Teaming Site contains information on investigators interested in nanotechnology and its application to reducing suffering and death due to cancer. The site is a user-driven database to enable researchers to explore partnering opportunities with other participating researchers with various areas of expertise.

Each participant creates a simple profile that contains contact information, affiliation and specific area(s) of expertise. Investigators can then search for other researchers with specific areas of expertise in particular organizations, identifying collaborative opportunities across the various disciplines participating in cancer nanotechnology research and development.

As information is gathered, the Nano Teaming Site will be a valuable tool for the cancer research community by facilitating the initial interfaces among investigators across multiple disciplines and sectors.

The Nano Teaming Site is posted on the NCI Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer website at http://nano.cancer.gov

 
Future Technology : Sweden

Stem cells transplanted to female foetus

 

AlphaGalileo --- A Swedish case where a certain type of stem cells has been transplanted to a foetus with a serious disease, was made public today. The results suggest that fetal mesenchymal stem cells may be a valuable source for transplantation and cell therapies.

A female foetus with multiple intrauterine fractures, diagnosed as severe osteogenesis imperfecta, was transplanted with HLA-mismatched mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) in the 32nd week of gestation. At 35 weeks, the baby girl was delivered by caesarean section. At nine months of age patient lymphocyte
proliferation against donor MSCs was not observed in co-culture, indicating that the patient was not immunised against the allogeneic cells...read the wave

 

 
Nano News : Israel

Tiny technology from Israel could give world a big boost

 

In 1959, physicist, bongo player and lothario Richard Feynman asked why scientists couldn’t engrave the entire 24 volumes of the Encyclopedia Britannica on the head of a pin.

Professor Uri Sivan’s response: Kid stuff.

The chief of nanotechnology at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology has progressed way beyond pinheads, instead crafting a transistor utilizing gold, bacterial DNA and a wire one-thousandth the width of the hair in your comb.

It isn’t that he’s created the world’s smallest transistor, admitted Sivan, in town this week for an international scientific conference in San Francisco. Others have built smaller. But Sivan and his team have created the world’s first transistor that, in essence, built itself...read the wave

 

 
Nano Electronics : Israel

Test tube transistor devised via molecular lithography

 

Researchers from the Israel Institute of Technology have developed what the university claims is a "transistor in a test tube", built via sequence-specific molecular lithography.

In a paper presented at the International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) this week, the Israel Institute of Technology (Haifa) claimed to have developed a field-effect transistor via a test tube -- with typical spacing between junctions as small as 10-nm. The functional element in the FET is a semiconducting signal wall carbon nanotube...read the wave

 

 
Nano Defense : USA

A material to save life and limb

FSU developing armor for troops' arms and legs

 

James Thagard held up the black plate - a square of what looked like plastic, created in a lab at Florida State University - and turned it.

The front bore a small entry hole. The back was marred by a misshapen lump the width of a golf ball.

Caught somewhere in the half-inch between was a 9 mm bullet.

It had hit with bone-breaking force but not penetrated.

That could eventually be good news for...read the wave

 

 

17 - 12- 2004
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Nano Electronics : USA

Scientists at Infineon Technologies Build the World`s Smallest Non-Volatile Flash Memory Cell

 

Munich, Germany – In a research breakthrough that has broken records in the semiconductor industry, scientists at Infineon Technologies AG (FSE/NYSE: IFX) have built the world’s smallest non-volatile flash memory cell. The new memory cell is measuring a mere 20 nanometers – approximately 5,000 times thinner than a human hair. Given that all manufacturing-related challenges - including that of the lithography - can be resolved, the new development would make nonvolatile memory chips with a capacity of 32 Gbit possible within a few years. That is eight times the capacity of what is currently available on the market...read the wave

 

 
Nano News : In German

Wissenschaftler enträtseln Quanteneigenschaften exotischer Materialien

 

Deutsch-amerikanisches Forscherteam beobachtet erstmals sprunghafte Änderung des "Fermivolumens" in einem quantenkritischen Material

Eine der wesentlichen Aufgaben moderner Materialforschung besteht in der Aufklärung der elektronischen Eigenschaften neuartiger Substanzen. Denn hiervon verspricht man sich Fortschritte in der Informationsverarbeitung (kleinere und schnellere Rechner), in der Messtechnik oder der Energieumwandlung. Doch bei der Suche nach Materialien mit radikal neuen elektronischen Eigenschaften stoßen Forscher auch auf experimentelle Befunde, die in den gängigen Physiklehrbüchern nicht erklärt werden. Experimentalphysiker des Max-Planck-Instituts für Chemische Physik fester Stoffe in Dresden sowie Theoretiker der Rice University und der Rutgers University (beide USA) haben jetzt eine neue Erklärung geliefert, auf welche Weise Quanteneffekte zu einigen der seltsamen elektronischen Eigenschaften führen, die man in der Materialklasse der "Schwere-Fermionen-Metalle" beobachtet hat (Nature, 16. Dezember 2004)...read the wave

 

 
Future Technology : The Netherlands

LCD as a molecular magnifying glass

 

AlphaGalileo --- Dutch researcher Johan Hoogboom has developed a technique for making LCDs (liquid crystal displays) without the need for cleanrooms. This technique is simpler and cheaper than current methods and is based entirely upon the self-ordering of molecules on a surface. Furthermore, the chemist has shown that these LCDs can be used to make DNA visible to the naked eye.

Hoogboom constructed a surface that can align liquid-crystal molecules. For this he designed and produced an aromatic chemical compound. When this was applied to the surface used for the manufacture of LCDs, the molecules automatically organised themselves into a regular pattern. These surfaces could then align liquid crystals, which is a requirement for the construction of LCDs...read the wave

 

 
Nano Education : USA

UAlbany College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering Awards First Ph.D. Degrees in Nanoscale Science

 

Albany, NY - December 16, 2004 - The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) of the University at Albany - State University of New York, the first college devoted to the study of nanoscale scientific concepts, today announced that it has awarded the world's first Ph.D. degrees in nanoscience. Drs. Spyridon Skordas and Wanxue Zeng received their degrees during the UAlbany December Graduation Ceremony.

Nanotechnology is a cross-disciplinary scientific platform that involves manipulating matter at the atomic scale and holds great promise for innovation in such fields as chip making, fuel cell development, drug delivery and sensor technology. Skordas's Ph.D. dissertation examined metal organic chemical vapor deposition of aluminum oxide ultra-thin films for advanced transistor applications. Zeng explored plasma assisted chemical vapor deposition of atomically controlled refractory thin films. Both dissertations target applications in nanoscale devices for emerging generations of computer nanochips...read the wave

 

 
Nano Biz : UK

The future's bright for diamond dust

 

Expensive, bulky TV screens could be a thing of the past thanks to a collaboration between the University of Bristol and Advance Nanotech announced today to develop new display technology made from diamond dust.

Advance Nanotech, a US-based company that acquires and commercializes nanotechnology applications worldwide, has committed £1 million to a two year multidisciplinary project combining the University's nanotechnology expertise in the fields of chemistry and physics. It opens up the possibility of cheaper and more power efficient flat panel displays, for use in wide screen digital TVs and many other applications...read the wave

 

 
Nano News : Russia

Smart Dust Advances in Russia

 

Smart Dust is going to be something really special. But not just yet. Like a toddler learning to walk by “furniture cruising,” staggering wobbly from stationary object to object, Smart Dust is looking for its sea legs.

The birth of Smart Dust potential was based on RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) and the journey toward full-on Distributed-Sensing Smart Dust—which is the goal for final evolution of this technology--will be a long and arduous one.

First thorny issues such as cost (perhaps the most important early consideration); industry and platform standardization (which are in the throes of coming together right now); infrastructure (the crucial chip, semiconductor and hardware development), connectivity (How will these motes communicate with each other and what’s the best base station in the future? Bluetooth? Wi-Fi? WiMax? Or some other, as yet undiscovered communications technology?); software (getting the necessary programs and applications right); and responding to the needs of the marketplace are all very critical areas...read the wave

 

 
MEMS : USA +Germany

Intermec Introduces Revolutionary New EXCELerate Bar Code Laser Scanning Technology

 

Intermec Technologies Corp., a pioneer in automatic data collection, today introduced a revolutionary new bar code laser scanning technology that is more compact and reliable and offers longer product life than current bar code laser scan engines. The new EXCELerate(TM) bar code laser scan engine, based on a technology known as Micro Electro Mechanical System or MEMS, is the result of five years of development collaboration with a leading European research institution.

MEMS devices are manufactured using silicon semiconductor batch fabrication techniques similar to those used for integrated circuits, resulting in new levels of functionality, reliability and sophistication that can be placed on a small silicon chip. MEMS technology produces a...read the wave

 

 
Nano News : Taiwan

TAIWAN TO INJECT LARGE FUNDS INTO NANOTECHNOLOGY PROJECTS: VP

 

Taipei, Dec. 15 (CNA) The Taiwan authorities are planning to spend NT$21.5 billion (US$663.27 million) over six years on a national project to develop the nanotechnology and relevant industries, Vice President Annette Lu said Thursday. Addressing the 2004 Taiwan Chemical Technology Forum at the Taipei International Convention Center, Lu said the goal of the project is to create an output value of NT$300 billion in the nanotechnology industry by 2008, with more than 800 companies in the business, while by 2012, the output will expand to NT$1 trillion, with over 1,500 companies in the sector...read the wave

 

 

Nano News : India

21st century is the age of polymers

 

[Technology India]: Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 15 : Just as the 20th century was called the age of semi-conductors, the 21st century would belong to polymers, according to US scientist and Nobel prize winner Alan G MacDiarmid.

Synthesis of electronic polymers and nano-science has led to a new era in electronics with the invention of "throwaway" plastic chips and nano-fibres smaller than the human hair, Dr MacDiarmid said in his keynote address at an international conference on 'polymers for advanced technologies', organised by the Society for Polymer Science, India...read the wave

 

 
Nano Textiles : USA

Smart textiles offer wearable solutions using Nanotechnology

 

Did you hear of a shirt that reads your body parameters and sends information to a remote computer through a wireless communication system?

Have you watched leading athletes perform better on the tracks due to smart fabrics they wear?

This is the wonder of Nano technology! The new age technology that optimises performance and provides smart solutions for the future.

Nano Technology means configuring molecules to change in size and properties for enhancement as in the case of smart fabrics...read the wave

 

 
16 - 12- 2004
Nano Medicine : USA

Researchers Use Saliva to Detect Head and Neck Cancer

 

Newswise — In one of the first studies using the RNA in saliva to detect cancer, researchers at UCLA’s Jonsson Cancer Center were able to differentiate head and neck cancer patients from a group of healthy subjects based on biomarkers found in their spittle. The study provides a first proof of principle that may result in new diagnostic and early detection tools and will lead to further studies using saliva to detect other cancers.

Published in the Dec. 15, 2004, issue of the peer-reviewed journal Clinical Cancer Research, the study used four RNA biomarkers to detect the presence of head and neck cancer with 91 percent sensitivity and accuracy, said Dr. David Wong, professor and chairman of Oral Biology and Medicine, director of the UCLA School of Dentistry, Dental Research Institute, and a Jonsson Cancer Center researcher...read the wave

 

 
Nano News : USA

NASA NANOTECHNOLOGY TO IMPROVE MICROELECTRONICS

 

NASA Ames Research Center, located in California's Silicon Valley, and Nanoconduction, Inc., Sunnyvale, Calif., are launching a new partnership to advance scientific and commercial utilization of NASA's innovative nanotechnology research by developing better cooling systems for microelectronics.

Nanotechnology is the ability to control or manipulate matter on the atomic scale, making it possible to create structures, devices and systems that have novel properties and functions because of their small size, approximately 1/10,000th the diameter of a human hair.

Carbon nanotubes are extremely efficient at the transfer of heat, and are especially useful because of their small size, light weight, and mechanical strength...read the wave

 

 
Future Technology : EU

Tear off a sheet of solar cells

Pliable solar panels that can be stuck to fabrics promise
a go-anywhere electricity supply

 

IMAGINE wearing a jacket or rucksack that charges up your mobile phone while you take a walk. Or a tent whose flysheet charges batteries all day so campers can have light all night. Or a roll-out plastic sheet you can place on a car's rear window shelf to power a child's DVD player.

Such applications could soon become a reality thanks to a light, flexible solar panel that's a little thicker than photographic film and can easily be applied to everyday fabrics. The thin, bendy solar panels, which could be on the market within three years, are the fruit of a three-nation European Union research project called H-Alpha Solar (H-AS)...read the wave

 

 
Tools of the Trade : USA

NANONEX DELIVERS VERSATILE NANOIMPRINT TOOL TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

 

Nanonex Corp., the world-leading developer and manufacturer of nanoimprint lithography solutions, recently announced the delivery of their NX-2000, Universal Nanoimprintor, to The Laboratory for Physical Sciences (LPS). The nanoimprintor has been installed in a newly renovated nanotechnology lab at the LPS, a unique and world-renowned research institution associated with the University of Maryland in College Park, MD. The machine will be utilized by a multidisciplinary team of scientists in the pursuit of both fundamental and applied research directed toward the development of state-of-the-art, advanced nanoscale devices.

Nanoimprint lithography (NIL) is a breakthrough method of...read the wave

 

 
Nano News : Global

Nanotech makes big strides in life sciences

Tiny drug delivery systems show big potential

 

Nanotechnology is the manipulation of materials at the molecular level to create products -- even entire industries -- that do not exist today. In this new field, an electron microscope may be a researcher's most important tool -- revolutionizing healthcare, biotechnology, textiles, electronics.

Innovation at the microscopic and molecular scale has long been the stuff of science fiction, promising developments so far out there most people assume they won't live to see them in everyday products...read the wave

 

 
Nano Medicine / Products : USA

Nanotechnology Products Help Kids 'Lick' Flu Symptoms

 

CLEVELAND -- Put the Well Kids Zone line of products on your next shopping list. The holidays are fast approaching, but along with the season of good cheer, sleigh bells and snowmen comes the season of winter colds and influenza. Children suffer an average of six to eight colds a year, and this year in particular threatens to be an especially bad flu season, as the United States faces a dangerous flu vaccine shortage leaving thousands vulnerable to this year’s strain. To help combat this year’s winter ailments, Improvita is introducing the Well Kids Zone, a product line designed specifically for children...read the wave

 

 
Nano Electronics : India

Why nanotechnology's the future of IT

 

Just imagine hard drive capable of holding 1000 times as much data than those used in computers today. No, this is not something straight out of any science fiction. It is the future of electronics and computing supported by nanotechnology.

The advances in nanosciences may one day shrink modern day desktop PCs to the size of wrist watches. It's not just the size that is going to matter, the nano-revolution is going to give a big boost to power sources, chip technology and semi-conductors...read the wave

 

 
Nano News : USA

Nanotech Yields Deformable Diffraction Grating

Nanotechnology uses perturbations in the optical near-field to significantly influence the optical far-field response.

 

Nanotechnology has captured the imagination of the general public, with many foreseeing the field enabling everything from miraculous medical cures to ingenious smart materials. Of late, however, a healthy level of skepticism about nanotechnology’s real-world promise has been steadily gaining momentum. In the midst of this cautiously skeptical environment now appears a device that does, indeed, seem to be enabled by its inherent nanoscale nature and successfully exploits it.

Dustin Carr along with fellow researchers at Sandia National Laboratories...read the wave

 

 
Nano Storage : Global

Single Magnet Molecules attracting Computer Scientists

 

Computer technologists are always looking out for a way to squeeze more data on a ever shrinking data storage devices or a way to speed up the processing of information. Developments in material science usually benefit computer scientists as they get new toys to play with. Nanotechnology is already buzz word in this field of research. But it seems like computer scientists are now having something more exciting to talk about; the “Single Molecule Magnet” (SMM).

Usually collective behavior of...read the wave

 

 
Nano Medicine : Japan

'Nano-needle' operates on cell

 

Scientists have performed a delicate surgical operation on a single living cell, using a needle that is just a few billionths of a metre wide.
They claim the procedure could be used to manipulate embryonic stem cells intended for use in medical treatment.

This "nano-needle" was used together with an atomic force microscope (AFM) to penetrate the membrane of a cell to a depth of one or two micrometre...read the wave

 

15 - 12- 2004

Nano Research : Canada + France

Advances in understanding of the complexity of living cells: Molecular motors, tubes and adhesives, when a physicist meets a biologist…

 

AlphaGalileo--One of the Institut Curie’s great originalities, the interface between physics and cell biology, is a fertile terrain for discoveries. Dialogue between researchers of different backgrounds drives creativity, as witnessed by the rise in the number of Institut Curie publications on research work that melds physics and biology.

In collaboration with Canadian physicists, biologists of the (CNRS) group headed by Hélène Feracci have developed a model that cast light on intercellular adhesion. At the same time, the physicists of Patricia Bassereau’s (CNRS) team have worked with Institut Curie biologists and theoretical physicists to discover how communication works within cells...read the wave

 

 

Nano Medicine : USA

Team engineers cell-deforming technique
to help understand malaria

 

Subra Suresh has spent the last two decades studying the mechanical properties of engineered materials from the atomic to the structural scale. So, until recently, the head of MIT's Department of Materials Science and Engineering never thought he'd be a player in the hunt for cures to malaria and pancreatic cancer.

It turns out, however, that Suresh's expertise in nanotechnology is quite applicable to biology and medicine. With colleagues in engineering, science and medicine at MIT, the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the universities of Heidelberg and Ulm in Germany, he has adapted state-of-the-art tools for the study of the mechanical properties of materials to the study of living cells...read the wave

 

 
Nano Research : USA

Method May Help Scientists Connect the Quantum Dots

 

Newswise — Researchers at the University of Missouri-Rolla have developed a new kind of laser writing: one that shrinks “text” to the size of atoms, then embeds the text into a writing surface as light as air. But with this process, the “ink” is a semiconductor that could write a new chapter in the field of micro-computing.

Basing their work on photolithography, a technique commonly used by microchip makers to print circuitry on silicon wafers, the UMR researchers zapped isolated spots of a silica gel with a laser. In the process, they discovered that they could create tiny semiconducting materials known as quantum dots, which could lead to new advances in electronics, computing and materials science...read the wave

 
Tools of the Trade : UK

New microscope boost for nanotechnology research.

 

A powerful new microscope, currently available only in three universities in Europe and the USA, will position Britain as a leading centre for nanomaterials, researchers announce today.

The ultra-high performance analytical electron microscope (AEM) will support research programmes at the London Centre for Nanotechnology (LCN), an interdisciplinary collaboration between Imperial College London and University College London.

It will provide researchers with extremely high resolution imaging capabilities at resolutions of 0.14 nanometers. The AEM can also analyse...read the wave

 

 

Tools of the Trade : Austria

EV Group launches a step-and-repeat nanoimprint lithography system for industrial fabrication of nanoscale devices

 

SCHÄRDING, Austria - Dec. 14, 2004 - EV Group (EVG), a leading manufacturer of MEMS, nano and semiconductor wafer-processing equipment, said today it will install a fully automated, ultra-violet step-and-repeat nanoimprint lithography (UV-NIL) system at AMO GmbH (AMO) in Germany.

UV-NIL is a next-generation lithography technology and a contender to succeed optical lithography for the 32-nm node, according to the International Technology Roadmap of Semiconductor (ITRS). Applications include integrated photonic devices, nanoelectronics, life sciences, patterned media and next-generation memories...read the wave

 

 

Nano Biz : Canada

Nanotechnology: Quebec in a Leadership Position of a Market Forecast at Several Billion Dollars

 

MONTREAL, CNW Telbec/ - "Canadian leader in nanotechnology,
Quebec can even lay claim to belonging to the international avant-garde, alongside American, European and Asian giants." This statement is from Jean Gaulin, renowned industrialist and chairman of the board of directors of NanoQuébec, a non-profit organization committed to the development and commercial application of nanotechnology. He delivered this message at the organization's press conference, attended by federal and provincial ministers, representatives of the Montreal Metropolitan Community as well as members of industry and academia...read the wave

 

 

Nano Medicine : USA

Nanotech's medical payoff is coming

 

Chances are, you've heard the term nanotechnology being thrown around as "the next big thing" in science and technology. Chances are also good that you still have no idea what it is.

So why is it such a big deal, and when will we see it?

Nanotechnology is all around you already. Your computer hard drive, the coated fabrics of stain-resistant shirts, fast-absorbing sunscreens, and the bulb-less, LED traffic signals on your streets; they are all examples of the technological breakthrough of the future at work in the present...read the wave

 

 

Tools of the Trade : USA

CombiMatrix and Nanotech Partner NDC Achieve Milestone with Delivery of Prototype Nanomaterials Discovery Workstation

 

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Acacia Research Corporation (NASDAQ:CBMX) (NASDAQ:ACTG) have announced that the CombiMatrix group and its partner, Nanomaterials Discovery Corporation (NDC), achieved a milestone with the delivery of a prototype workstation for the combinatorial discovery and development of new nanomaterials.

CombiMatrix and NDC have a strategic alliance to discover and develop new nanomaterials, nanotechnology tools and associated intellectual property. CombiMatrix has licensed its semiconductor microarray technology exclusively to NDC for use in NDC's combinatorial nanomaterials discovery efforts for applications that include fuel cell catalysts, materials for rechargeable batteries, and electro-optic materials for telecommunications and displays...read the wave

 

 

Nano Electronics : Germany

Infineon Scales DRAM Trench Technology to 70nm

 

Infineon Technologies and Nanya Technology have created a 70nm process technology for future 300mm DRAM production based on deep trench cells.

The technology came out of joint development work by the two companies under the Infineon Nanya Trench Alliance covering 90nm and 70nm DRAM development, and was partially supported by the EPRE fund of the European Community and funding of the State Saxony of the Federal Republic of Germany...read the wave

 

 

Nano Biz : USA

Tegal Awarded Key Patent for New Magnetron Sputter Source;

New Sputter Source Represents Break Through in Target Efficiency -- Provides Significant Cost Savings to Chip Manufacturers

 

PETALUMA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Tegal Corporation (Nasdaq:TGAL) have announced that it has been granted United States Patent, No. 6,783,638 for the Flat Magnetron sputter source. The invention provides for the use of a greater percentage of the material from the sputter target than in existing conventional physical vapor deposition ("PVD") systems. Direct benefits of the novel design include lowering material cost, enhancing sputtering rate, and increasing deposition system availability. System uptime and availability is a key variable in semiconductor chip manufacturers' actual cost of system ownership...read the wave

 

 

Nano Products : Global

NanoDynamics to Introduce Next Generation Golf Ball Technology at PGA Merchandise Show

 

NanoDynamics, a leading nanotechnology organization and manufacturer of superior nanomaterials, announced today that it will introduce its revolutionary new golf ball, the NDMX, at the 2005 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida. Frankly Golf will showcase the NDMX golf ball as a Frankly Innovation in the Frankly Golf booth # 3815 from January 27-30, 2005.

The NDMX golf ball incorporates NanoDynamics' patented NDMX technology, which is designed to improve performance by focusing on the physics of a golf ball's rotation and enhancing energy transfer between the club head and golf ball...read the wave

 

 

Nano Research : USA

Researchers control chemical reactions
one molecule at a time

UCR researchers' findings advance techniques toward
development of nanoscale electronics

 

Scientists at the University of California, Riverside showed that L. P. Hammett's 1937 prediction of the strength of different acids is directly transferable to the activation of individual molecules on metal surfaces using the tip of a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) as a nanoscale actuator.

Hammett's original prediction is a cornerstone of physical organic chemistry, which laid the foundation for many quantitative structure activity relationships that are now widely used in fields such as drug design and environmental toxicology...read the wave

 

14 - 12- 2004

Nano Research : Canada + France

Advances in understanding of the complexity of living cells: Molecular motors, tubes and adhesives, when a physicist meets a biologist…

 

AlphaGalileo--One of the Institut Curie’s great originalities, the interface between physics and cell biology, is a fertile terrain for discoveries. Dialogue between researchers of different backgrounds drives creativity, as witnessed by the rise in the number of Institut Curie publications on research work that melds physics and biology.

In collaboration with Canadian physicists, biologists of the (CNRS) group headed by Hélène Feracci have developed a model that cast light on intercellular adhesion. At the same time, the physicists of Patricia Bassereau’s (CNRS) team have worked with Institut Curie biologists and theoretical physicists to discover how communication works within cells...read the wave

 

 

Nano Medicine : USA

Team engineers cell-deforming technique
to help understand malaria

 

Subra Suresh has spent the last two decades studying the mechanical properties of engineered materials from the atomic to the structural scale. So, until recently, the head of MIT's Department of Materials Science and Engineering never thought he'd be a player in the hunt for cures to malaria and pancreatic cancer.

It turns out, however, that Suresh's expertise in nanotechnology is quite applicable to biology and medicine. With colleagues in engineering, science and medicine at MIT, the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the universities of Heidelberg and Ulm in Germany, he has adapted state-of-the-art tools for the study of the mechanical properties of materials to the study of living cells...read the wave

 

 
Nano Research : USA

Method May Help Scientists Connect the Quantum Dots

 

Newswise — Researchers at the University of Missouri-Rolla have developed a new kind of laser writing: one that shrinks “text” to the size of atoms, then embeds the text into a writing surface as light as air. But with this process, the “ink” is a semiconductor that could write a new chapter in the field of micro-computing.

Basing their work on photolithography, a technique commonly used by microchip makers to print circuitry on silicon wafers, the UMR researchers zapped isolated spots of a silica gel with a laser. In the process, they discovered that they could create tiny semiconducting materials known as quantum dots, which could lead to new advances in electronics, computing and materials science...read the wave

 
Tools of the Trade : UK

New microscope boost for nanotechnology research.

 

A powerful new microscope, currently available only in three universities in Europe and the USA, will position Britain as a leading centre for nanomaterials, researchers announce today.

The ultra-high performance analytical electron microscope (AEM) will support research programmes at the London Centre for Nanotechnology (LCN), an interdisciplinary collaboration between Imperial College London and University College London.

It will provide researchers with extremely high resolution imaging capabilities at resolutions of 0.14 nanometers. The AEM can also analyse...read the wave

 

 

Tools of the Trade : Austria

EV Group launches a step-and-repeat nanoimprint lithography system for industrial fabrication of nanoscale devices

 

SCHÄRDING, Austria - Dec. 14, 2004 - EV Group (EVG), a leading manufacturer of MEMS, nano and semiconductor wafer-processing equipment, said today it will install a fully automated, ultra-violet step-and-repeat nanoimprint lithography (UV-NIL) system at AMO GmbH (AMO) in Germany.

UV-NIL is a next-generation lithography technology and a contender to succeed optical lithography for the 32-nm node, according to the International Technology Roadmap of Semiconductor (ITRS). Applications include integrated photonic devices, nanoelectronics, life sciences, patterned media and next-generation memories...read the wave

 

 

Nano Biz : Canada

Nanotechnology: Quebec in a Leadership Position of a Market Forecast at Several Billion Dollars

 

MONTREAL, CNW Telbec/ - "Canadian leader in nanotechnology,
Quebec can even lay claim to belonging to the international avant-garde, alongside American, European and Asian giants." This statement is from Jean Gaulin, renowned industrialist and chairman of the board of directors of NanoQuébec, a non-profit organization committed to the development and commercial application of nanotechnology. He delivered this message at the organization's press conference, attended by federal and provincial ministers, representatives of the Montreal Metropolitan Community as well as members of industry and academia...read the wave

 

 

Nano Medicine : USA

Nanotech's medical payoff is coming

 

Chances are, you've heard the term nanotechnology being thrown around as "the next big thing" in science and technology. Chances are also good that you still have no idea what it is.

So why is it such a big deal, and when will we see it?

Nanotechnology is all around you already. Your computer hard drive, the coated fabrics of stain-resistant shirts, fast-absorbing sunscreens, and the bulb-less, LED traffic signals on your streets; they are all examples of the technological breakthrough of the future at work in the present...read the wave

 

 

Tools of the Trade : USA

CombiMatrix and Nanotech Partner NDC Achieve Milestone with Delivery of Prototype Nanomaterials Discovery Workstation

 

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Acacia Research Corporation (NASDAQ:CBMX) (NASDAQ:ACTG) have announced that the CombiMatrix group and its partner, Nanomaterials Discovery Corporation (NDC), achieved a milestone with the delivery of a prototype workstation for the combinatorial discovery and development of new nanomaterials.

CombiMatrix and NDC have a strategic alliance to discover and develop new nanomaterials, nanotechnology tools and associated intellectual property. CombiMatrix has licensed its semiconductor microarray technology exclusively to NDC for use in NDC's combinatorial nanomaterials discovery efforts for applications that include fuel cell catalysts, materials for rechargeable batteries, and electro-optic materials for telecommunications and displays...read the wave

 

 

Nano Electronics : Germany

Infineon Scales DRAM Trench Technology to 70nm

 

Infineon Technologies and Nanya Technology have created a 70nm process technology for future 300mm DRAM production based on deep trench cells.

The technology came out of joint development work by the two companies under the Infineon Nanya Trench Alliance covering 90nm and 70nm DRAM development, and was partially supported by the EPRE fund of the European Community and funding of the State Saxony of the Federal Republic of Germany...read the wave

 

 

Nano Biz : USA

Tegal Awarded Key Patent for New Magnetron Sputter Source;

New Sputter Source Represents Break Through in Target Efficiency -- Provides Significant Cost Savings to Chip Manufacturers

 

PETALUMA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Tegal Corporation (Nasdaq:TGAL) have announced that it has been granted United States Patent, No. 6,783,638 for the Flat Magnetron sputter source. The invention provides for the use of a greater percentage of the material from the sputter target than in existing conventional physical vapor deposition ("PVD") systems. Direct benefits of the novel design include lowering material cost, enhancing sputtering rate, and increasing deposition system availability. System uptime and availability is a key variable in semiconductor chip manufacturers' actual cost of system ownership...read the wave

 

 

Nano Products : Global

NanoDynamics to Introduce Next Generation Golf Ball Technology at PGA Merchandise Show

 

NanoDynamics, a leading nanotechnology organization and manufacturer of superior nanomaterials, announced today that it will introduce its revolutionary new golf ball, the NDMX, at the 2005 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida. Frankly Golf will showcase the NDMX golf ball as a Frankly Innovation in the Frankly Golf booth # 3815 from January 27-30, 2005.

The NDMX golf ball incorporates NanoDynamics' patented NDMX technology, which is designed to improve performance by focusing on the physics of a golf ball's rotation and enhancing energy transfer between the club head and golf ball...read the wave

 

 

Nano Research : USA

Researchers control chemical reactions
one molecule at a time

UCR researchers' findings advance techniques toward
development of nanoscale electronics

 

Scientists at the University of California, Riverside showed that L. P. Hammett's 1937 prediction of the strength of different acids is directly transferable to the activation of individual molecules on metal surfaces using the tip of a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) as a nanoscale actuator.

Hammett's original prediction is a cornerstone of physical organic chemistry, which laid the foundation for many quantitative structure activity relationships that are now widely used in fields such as drug design and environmental toxicology...read the wave

 

 
13 - 12- 2004

Nano Biz : USA

QuantumSphere Revolutionizes $10 Billion Annual Platinum Group Metal Catalyst Market

 

COSTA MESA, CA, U.S.A. -QuantumSphere, Inc., have announced it has filed three extremely broad patent applications for nanonickel to support the company’s existing technology framework that will enable QuantumSphere to manufacture commercial quantities of nanonickel (n-Ni). QuantumSphere produces the highest quality and quantity of nanonickel in the world. Nanonickel has the potential to replace platinum as the main catalytic material in a variety of hydrogen fuel cells. A shift from platinum to QSI-nanoTM nickel would result in a reduction in the cost of fuel cell catalysts by up to 75%, based on current prices. The news follows QuantumSphere’s announcement...read the wave

 

 

Nano News : The Nederlands ( in dutch )

Nanopositionering mogelijk dankzij
nieuwe 'schuifmaat'

 

Positie bepalen met nanometerprecisie, en dan het liefst ook nog met een groot bereik: de nieuwe sensor die promovendus Toon Kuijpers heeft ontwikkeld aan het instituut MESA+ van de Universiteit Twente moet aan hoge eisen voldoen om echte ‘nanopositionering’ mogelijk te maken. In combinatie met een motor/actuator ontstaat een systeem om een naaldje of lens heel precies te plaatsen, voor het uitlezen of schrijven van nieuwe typen geheugens of het instellen van een laser of microscoop. De constructie van actuator en sensor is daarvoor eenvoudig in één fabricageslag te maken. Kuijpers promoveert op 8 december aan de faculteit Elektrotechniek, Wiskunde en Informatica....read the wave

 

 

Nano News : Hong Kong

Four R&D centres to be set up next year

 

Four research and development centres will be set up by the Government, which will also subsume R&D works in five technology areas under the Applied Science & Technology Research Institute development plan.

Commissioner for Innovation & Technology Anthony Wong said the proposal, endorsed by the Steering Committee on Innovation & Technology yesterday, follows a public consultation exercise.

Mr Wong said under the new strategy, R&D centres for automotive parts and accessory systems, logistics and supply chain management enabling technologies, textile and clothing, and nanotechnology and advanced materials will be set up...read the wave

 

Nano Energy : Global

Taking global energy quest to nano level

 

Peterborough, N.H. — Nanostructured materials will be a key ingredient for meeting the rapidly increasing energy demands of the world's population, MIT physics professor Mildred Dresselhaus said in a plenary lecture delivered at the Materials Research Society's Fall Meeting in Boston this month. Creating a sustainable energy supply represents a fundamental "grand challenge" for the engineering community, in her view.

Citing hydrogen fuel as one technology that could...read the wave

 

 

Nano Biz : UK +USA

Advance Nanotech Announces Display Technology Collaboration with the University of Bristol

 

NEW YORK, (PRIMEZONE) -- Advance Nanotech, Inc. (OTCBB:AVNA) have announces a development collaboration with the University of Bristol which could render expensive, bulky TV screens a thing of the past as a result of a new display technology
made from diamond dust.

Advance Nanotech has committed $2 million to a two-year multidisciplinary development program combining the University's nanotechnology expertise in the fields of chemistry and physics. It opens up the possibility of cheaper and more power efficient flat panel displays, for use in wide screen digital TVs and many other applications...read the wave

 

 

Nano Biz : USA

NanoOpto Announces Addition of Maria Light as Director of Product Management and Business Development

 

Somerset, New Jersey. December 14, 2004. NanoOpto Corporation, who is applying novel design methods and proprietary nano-fabrication technology to produce a broad range of unique optical components that enable higher quality, low-cost optical components and systems, today announced that Maria Light has joined the company as Director of Product Management and Business Development.

Light brings 19 years of experience in business development, product management, sales and marketing, and engineering to NanoOpto...read the wave

 

 

Nano Electronics : Belgium

IMEC puts tall finFETs to work in 45-nm SRAM cell

 

LONDON — Belgian research organization IMEC has built a six-transistor SRAM cell based on 45-nanometer "triple-gate", FinFET-style transistors, which it claims is the smallest SRAM cell reported to date. The working memory cell has an area of 0.314 square microns, IMEC said.

The SRAM cell achieves a static-noise margin of 240-millivolts at 1.0-volt operation and shows functionality down to 0.4-V. Further, the cell shows potential for scaling down to the 32-nanometer manufacturing node, IMEC said. Researchers from IMEC are due to present a paper on the device at the International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) in San Francisco....read the wave

 

12 - 12- 2004

Nano Research : USA

SELECTIVE COATINGS CREATE BIOLOGICAL SENSORS FROM CARBON NANOTUBES

 

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Protein-encapsulated single-walled carbon nanotubes that alter their fluorescence in the presence of specific biomolecules could generate many new types of implantable biological sensors, say researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who developed the encapsulation technique.

In a paper accepted for publication in the journal Nature Materials, and posted on its Web site, the researchers showed the viability of their technique by creating a near-infrared nanoscale sensor that detects glucose. The sensor could be inserted into tissue, excited with a laser pointer, and provide real-time, continuous monitoring of blood glucose level...read the wave

 

 

Nano News : Japan

Fujifilm to Construct New R&D Center

 

Tokyo (JCNN) - Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd. (TSE: 4901) has announced that it will build a new research center in the town of Kaisei, Ashigarakami-gun, Kanagawa Prefecture.

Fujifilm will make an initial investment of 24 billion yen in the first year of the project, with a total of a approximately 46 billion yen over five years, for the new research and development center, the Advanced Core Technology Laboratories.

The new R&D facility is to integrate the activities of laboratory research staff in such diversified technological areas that competitors do not possess as highly functional materials, nanochemicals, optical element technologies, biotechnology, precision micromachining, software. The new facility will also consolidate the work of other researchers in the development of fundamental technologies.

The objective of the new facility is to create groundbreaking new innovative technologies and offer a new set of values to society through new products and services by integrating the knowledge and expertise of engineers from various fields.

In addition, the Advanced Core Technology Laboratories will serve as a core R&D base intended to lead the innovative activities of the entire Fujifilm Group. This will be achieved by expanding research areas through implementation of efforts to develop new technologies through alliances with Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd. and Fujinon Corporation as well as industry-academic partnerships, and mergers and acquisitions. Copyright © /2004 Japan Corporate News Network

 

 

Nano News : Philippines

DOE seeks US technology to turn coal into gasoline

 

THE DEPARTMENT of Energy is currently convincing a large American energy firm to bring to the Philippines its technology to convert coal into gasoline.

Energy officials said the technology would ease the country's dependence on imported crude and refined petroleum products.

Energy Undersecretary Peter Anthony Abaya revealed that negotiations were now ongoing with the American company, although there were still no firm commitments on whether the US firm would be investing in the country...read the wave

 

 

Nano News : Japan + UK

Itochu ties with QinetiQ in aerospace, nano-technology

 

TOKYO (AFP) - Japanese trading house Itochu Corp. has formed a comprehensive tie-up with QinetiQ Group PLC of Britain in a wide range of fields such as aerospace and nano-technology.

The Japanese firm and the major British research and development company mainly focus on the Asian market, the Nihon Keizai Shimbun newspaper said.

As a first step, the two firms will jointly promote commercial-use geo-observation satellite operations, the first in Japan, by QinetiQ taking a stake in Itochu's satellite subsidiary, the business daily said.

Itochu plans to launch in 2008 a small geo-observation satellite featuring high-performance cameras. It hopes to use QinetiQ's input to improve system performance and other areas.

QinetiQ is a research institution affiliated with the British government. It was formed in 2001, when an institute under the Ministry of Defense was privatised to commercialise military technology.

The British government holds a 56 percent stake in the firm, and US investment company Carlyle Group owns 30 percent. It employs around 9,000 people.

Through the partnership, Itochu hopes to bolster its cutting-edge technologies, while the British firm will look to gain a foothold in Asia, it said.

source: YAHOO-ASIA

 

Nano Medicine : USA

Listening for Cancer

 

Three years ago, the nanotechnology expert James Gimzewski realized something startling about human cells: since they have many tiny moving parts, they might be producing tiny vibrations. And since all vibrations produce noise, it would be theoretically possible to listen to the sound of a cell. Gimzewski set about adapting an extremely small device to measure these vibrations and then with another device proceeded to amplify them loud enough for human ears...read the wave

 

 

Nano Coatings : China

Paint to help clean and purify bad air

 

The city plans to paint the exterior walls of World Expo pavilions with a newly invented nanotech-based coating material which acts as a "permanent air purifier," a local scientist said yesterday.

If the coating proves to be effective at air cleaning, it will be gradually used on buildings across Shanghai in order to thoroughly improve the city's air quality, scientists said.

"The coating material will become an ever-extensive permanent air purifier to improve the local environment," Shi Liyi, vice director of the Nano-Science and Technology Research Center at Shanghai University, told Shanghai Daily during an international nanotech symposium yesterday...read the wave

 

 

Nano Debate : USA

Nano needs research before rules

 

WASHINGTON, DC, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Concerns are rising over the possible toxicity of nanomaterials and the safety of nanoscale manufacturing, but experts say the field is so new there is not enough research in hand to know what regulations are needed or even if there actually is a safety issue...read the wave

 

 

Nano News : Israel

Nanotubes 'don't like' to climb steps

 

Tiny nanotubes are big news in science. Now a research group headed by Dr. Ernesto Joselevich of the Weizmann Institute of Science has developed a new approach to create patterns of carbon nanotubes by having them form along atomic steps on sapphire surfaces.

"The orientation and form of the atomic steps on a crystal surface can be controlled by...read the wave

 

 
10 - 12- 2004

Nano Debate : UK

Angels Disrupt Nanotech Conference and Present 'Can of Worms' Award to former Monsanto Man.

 

Buckinghamshire, UK, 9th Dec 2004

A host of heavenly angels from THRONG (The Heavenly Righteous Opposed to Nanotech Greed) appeared today unto a nanotechnology business conference in order to bestow a "Can of Worms" Award on a representative of the Nanotechnology Industry. Chosen to receive the award was Mr Harry Swan, formerly of Monsanto, who is Nanotechnology manager of Britain's leading producer of carbon nanotubes, Thomas Swan & Co...read the wave

 

 

Nano Research : USA

Software tool finds 'needles' in data 'haystacks'

 

When looking for a needle in a haystack, it's helpful to know what a needle looks like. A new software tool developed by researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) makes it possible to find chemical 'needles' in data 'haystacks' without having to know anything about the 'needle' in advance.

The NIST software should be especially useful for analyzing ultrapure metals--recently shown to have superior strength, corrosion-resistance and other properties--and for monitoring nanoscale semiconductor fabrication. Commercial X-ray detector manufacturers already have included the method used in the software into their products...read the wave

 

 

Nano Storage : USA

Potential Way to Store Memory in Ferroelectric Nanodisks and Nanorods

 

Newswise — University of Arkansas physicists have discovered a new phase in tiny nanodisks and nanorods that potentially may enable researchers to increase memory storage by more than one thousand fold. This finding also opens a new area in physics to fundamental investigation.

Ivan Naumov, Laurent Bellaiche and Huaxiang Fu report their findings in the Dec. 9 issue of the journal Nature.

“This ordered phase with technological relevance is previously unknown,” said Naumov, a research scientist who works with Fu. “The new phase is possible because the nano-size of the disks wouldn’t allow disorder due to properties no one has characterized before.”...read the wave

 

Nano Storage : USA

UCLA Materials Scientists Invent
High-speed Digital Memory Device Using Commodity Plastics Transformed by Nanotechnology

 

A team of scientists at UCLA has developed and built a plastic, non-volatile memory device using solution processing. In a paper appearing Nov. 28 online in the journal Nature Materials, the researchers outline how they designed a new type of polymer, or plastic, memory device.

The research group, led by materials science professor Yang Yang in the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, has demonstrated high performance of plastic memory devices fabricated by solution processing. The device is made from a polystyrene film containing gold nanoparticles, and holds promise for low-cost, high-density memory storage...read the wave

 

 

Nano Medicine : USA

SD Pharmaceuticals Completes Patent Filings on Four Acute Care Drug Formulations with Improved Safety Profiles

 

CARLSBAD, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SD Pharmaceuticals Inc. (SDP) have announced that it has completed filing six U.S. and two international patents covering unique nano-emulsion formulations for a variety of intravenous drugs to treat cancer and infectious disease. The formulations are specifically designed to improve the safety profile and remove black box warnings on four currently marketed therapeutically important drugs which suffer from formulation related adverse effects. The Company is actively seeking marketing partners to complete the clinical development of these products and market them...read the wave

 

 

Nano Debate : UK

UPDATE: NANOTECH

After GM Food - here comes Nano Food
UK food regulators challenged to remove Nanotech foods from the shelves.

 

Last month saw Bayer CropScience drop the last two GM crop varieties from the UK commercialisation process. If Sainsbury's et al were not still insisting on feeding animals on GM food, the UK would be proudly GM free. But, as reported in the previous issue of Corporate Watch, nanotechnology is now being dished up to the public instead. On the 12th of November, a Nanotechnology /Convergence Technologies conference at the Royal Armouries in Leeds was disrupted when protestors filled the hall with rotting comfrey and fishbait. They also handed out leaflets and read out information over a seized tannoy - two people were briefly detained and then released without charge.

Concerns about nanotechnology are rising...read the wave

 

 

Nano Medicine : USA

NANOTUBES GLOW,
EVEN WITHIN BIOLOGICAL CELLS

Scientists use fluorescence to track ultrafine particles taken up by white blood cells

 

In some of the first work documenting the uptake of carbon nanotubes by living cells, a team of chemists and life scientists from Rice University and the University of Texas Health Science Center and Houston's Texas Heart Institute have selectively detected low concentrations of nanotubes in laboratory cell cultures.

The research appears in the Dec. 8 issue of the Journal of the American Chemical Society. It suggests that the white blood cells, which were incubated in dilute solutions of nanotubes, treated the nanotubes as they would other extracellular particles – actively ingesting them and sealing them off inside chambers known as phagosomes...read the wave

 

 

Nano Medicine : USA

SD Pharmaceuticals Completes Patent Filings on Four Acute Care Drug Formulations with Improved Safety Profiles

 

CARLSBAD, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SD Pharmaceuticals Inc. (SDP) have announced that it has completed filing six U.S. and two international patents covering unique nano-emulsion formulations for a variety of intravenous drugs to treat cancer and infectious disease. The formulations are specifically designed to improve the safety profile and remove black box warnings on four currently marketed therapeutically important drugs which suffer from formulation related adverse effects. The Company is actively seeking marketing partners to complete the clinical development of these products and market them...read the wave

 

 

Nano Electronics : UK

Consortium models the nano-world

 

Essex-based e2v Technologies has joined a consortium set up by molecular simulation and modelling specialist Accelrys to help develop software tools for the design of nanoscale materials and devices.

Brian Allen, a technology strategist at e2v, said the company was "developing technology within the life science arena" for which it originally invested in the software, but has since found it can use it to gain a better understanding of the operation of existing products, for example its gas sensors...read the wave

 

 

Nano Electronics : Japan

Canon to Introduce Stepper for Mass Production of 65-Nano Chips

 

Dec. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Canon Inc. will introduce new higher- precision steppers within four years to catch up with top rivals Nikon Corp. and ASML Holding NV.

Canon's new steppers, which are optical gear used to etch computer-chip circuits onto silicon wafers, can mass-produce 65- nanometer chips and may go into production in 2007 or 2008, Hiroshi Matsumoto, a manager at the Tokyo-based company's semiconductor planning division, said in an interview Friday...read the wave

 

 

Nano News : Vietnam

Scientists attend nanotechnology course

 

About 150 scientists, researchers and university lecturers from southern provinces have taken part in a nanotechnology training course, held by HCM City’s National University with participation from French experts.

The training course aims to set up a nanotechnology community where young scientists can discuss the topic.source : Viet Nam News

 

09 - 12- 2004

Nano Defense : USA

Researchers Mold New Material to Protect Troops

 

Newswise — When it comes to protecting America's combat troops in battle, research under way at the Florida A&M University-Florida State University College of Engineering could be a lifesaver.

Under a partnership with Armor Holdings, Inc. of Jacksonville, FSU researchers are developing and testing first-of-its-kind body armor for soldiers' arms and legs that could reduce fatalities and loss of limbs when they are wounded.

"Most of the folks who die in military conflicts don't die from getting shot," said James Thagard, a visiting assistant professor with the engineering school's Florida Advanced Center for Composite Technologies (FAC2T). "Seventy-five to 80 percent die from getting hit by shrapnel and excessive bleeding."...read the wave

 

 

Nano Research : USA

Scientists Find Atomic Clues to Tougher Ceramics

 

BERKELEY, CA -- Advanced ceramics are wonderful materials – they withstand temperatures that would melt steel and resist most corrosive chemicals. If only they weren’t so brittle. Poor resistance to fracture damage has been the major drawback to the widespread use of advanced ceramics as structural materials. Help, however, may be on the way.

A collaboration of scientists led by researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has uncovered clues at the atomic level that could lead to a new generation of much tougher advanced ceramics to be used in applications like gas turbine engines...read the wave

 

 

MEMS : UK

Cardiff experts set world standards
in micro-engineering

Component so small, it was believed impossible to create

 

Micro-machining experts in Cardiff University's award-winning Manufacturing Engineering Centre (MEC) have created a vital component so small, it was previously believed impossible to produce.

"This achievement is at the leading edge of world engineering practice," said Dr Stefan Dimov of the MEC. "We have seen research papers from Japan which suggest the Japanese are working along similar lines, but we have not seen any evidence of their work yet."...read the wave

 

 

Nano Defense : USA

Emerging technologies form futuristic uniform

 

ORLANDO, Fla. (Army News Service ) – Dressed in black from head to toe and wearing a helmet that allows barely a glimpse of his face, Staff Sgt. Raul Lopez looked like something out of a science fiction thriller.

Lopez, an infantry Soldier stationed at the Natick Soldier Center in Massachusetts, spent four days in what could be the Army uniform of the future...read the wave

 

 

Quantum Computing : Finland

Control circuit for future supercomputer
to be produced in Finland

 

The circuit will improve the computational accuracy and efficiency of quantum computers operating at extremely low temperatures.

Quantum computers require an ambient temperature of approximately -273 degrees centigrade to function properly. The Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) is to build a control circuit for such a superconducting computer that will function at very low temperatures. Future quantum computers will be able to crack...read the wave

 

 

Nano Biz :

Corporate Nanomaterials Buyers
Fail To Get What They Pay For

New Lux Research study finds confusion and controversy
abound between nanomaterials buyers and suppliers

 

NEW YORK, PRNewswire -- Corporate nanotechnology researchers frequently purchase nanomaterials -- nanoscale structures in pure form, like carbon nanotubes, fullerenes, and quantum dots -- which are the basic building blocks of nanotechnology. But these buyers frequently fail to get what they pay for, according to a new report from Lux Research entitled "Nanomaterials: Buyer Beware."


"More than 200 companies worldwide sell nanomaterials today. As a group, they have a frighteningly poor track record...read the wave

 

 

Future Technology : Canada

Researchers invent energy-saving computer chip

New microchip is 10 times smaller and 100 times more energy
efficient than currently used chips

 

University of Alberta researchers have designed a computer chip that uses about 100 times less energy than current state-of-the-art digital chips.

The greatly reduced energy consumption of this novel technology offers promise for many small devices with relatively low power needs. This technology could one day eliminate the need to recharge cellphones, help introduce smaller, ultra-high-speed communications systems, and advance the use of implantable health care devices, such as drug delivery chips. Research and development is ongoing before this technology can be implemented in products...read the wave

 

 

Future Technology : Norway

New micro instrument controls medicine flows

 

SINTEF 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 News : USA

Los Alamos quantum cryptography team is co-winner of prestigious European research prize

 

LOS ALAMOS, N.M., Dec. 7, 2004 -- Los Alamos researchers and other members of a multi-nation collaboration that is developing a revolutionary technology for information security have captured half of the European Union's Descartes Prize for Research.

Los Alamos' quantum cryptography team and six other institutions in the Information Society Technologies (IST) QuComm collaboration received the prize for their project to build a secure global communication system using particles of light...read the wave

 

08 - 12- 2004

Nano Research : USA

Molecular Chains Line Up to Form Protopolymer

 

A new chemical state, designated a "protopolymer," has been observed by Penn State researchers in chains of phenylene molecules on a crystalline copper surface at low temperature. Protopolymers form when monomers, small molecules that link together chemically to form long chains, align and interact without forming chemical bonds. The novel structures were discovered by Paul S. Weiss, professor of chemistry and physics at Penn State and Gregory S. McCarty, a graduate student at time of discovery and now a research assistant professor of engineering science and mechanics...read the wave

 

 

| What Is Happening to the Funding for Commercializing Nanotechnology ? |

 

 


...read the wave

Within the past few weeks I have heard two pieces of very disturbing news from the investment industry that could negatively impact commercialization of nanotechnology in the United States.

The first piece of disturbing news is that there is an initiative by the Bush Administration to cut funding to the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) (formerly known as the National Bureau of Standards (NBS)). Since I have done some research work at...

| article by Guest Writer Dr. Pearl Chin PhD, MB |
 

Nano Debate : Global

Nanotechnology :
From the Chief Scientist at Greenpeace

 

Sir, Tracey Brown, the Director of Sense About Science (Comment, October 25), alleges that Greenpeace opposes nanotechnology. As I pointed out in the meeting she derides, much depends on how it is used. For Greenpeace, nanotechnology has the potential to generate cheaper renewable energy, stronger, lighter materials and other environmental benefits...read the wave

 

 

| Planar Assembly : A better way to build large nano-products |

 

 


...read the wave

Molecular manufacturing promises to build large quantities of nano-structured material, quickly and cheaply. However, achieving this requires very small machines, which implies that the parts produced will also be small. Combining sub-micron parts into kilogram-scale machines will not be trivial.

In Engines of Creation (1986), [Drexler suggested] that large products could be built by self-contained micron-scale “assembler” units that would combine into a scaffold, take raw materials and fuel from a special fluid, build the product around themselves, and then exit the product, presumably filling in the holes as they left. This would require a lot of .........

| article by Guest Writer Chris Phoenix |
 

Nano Products : Global

Sunlight to Fuel Hydrogen Future

 

The photovoltaic cell is old news. The latest way to exploit the sun is through tiny materials that can directly convert sunlight into large amounts of hydrogen.

Hydrogen Solar of Guilford, England, and Altair Nanotechnologies are building a hydrogen-generation system that captures sunlight and uses the energy to break water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen. The company's current project is a fuel station in Las Vegas that will soon be dispensing hydrogen fuel...read the wave

 

 

Nano Research : USA

Caltech computer scientists embed computation in a DNA crystal to create microscopic patterns

 

Pasadena, CA---In a demonstration that holds promise for future advances in nanotechnology, California Institute of Technology computer scientists have succeeded in building a DNA crystal that computes as it grows. As the computation proceeds, it creates a triangular fractal pattern in the DNA crystal.

This is the first time that a computation has been embedded in the growth of any crystal, and the first time that computation has been used to create a complex microscopic pattern. And, the researchers say, it is one step in the dream of nanoscientists to master construction techniques at the molecular level...read the wave

 

 

Nano Products : UK

Owlstone Limited Successfully Completes Testing On Its First Nanofabricated Chemical And Explosive Sensor

 

NEW YORK, (PRIMEZONE) -- Owlstone Limited, a subsidiary of Advance Nanotech, Inc., (OTCBB:AVNA) has successfully tested its first nanofabricated chemical and explosive sensor, taking it one step closer to its vision of installing a detection system in trains, airports, financial institutes, government buildings, and indeed, anywhere at threat from chemical or explosive attack.

Billy Boyle of Owlstone explains the proprietary Owlstone detection chip was developed using cutting-edge micro and nanofabrication technologies, making it a hundred times...read the wave

 

 

Nano Biz : Austria

EV Group launches global consortium to speed commercialization of nanoimprint lithography

 

SCHÄRDING, Austria - EV Group (EVG), which has the world's largest installed base of nanoimprinting equipment, have announced the launch of a global consortium dedicated to commercializing advanced nanoimprint lithography (NIL) technologies. NIL is a next-generation lithography method that utilizes a low-cost, high-resolution and large-area patterning process.

Known as NILCom, the consortium is a technology platform supported by an established infrastructure and qualified processes, including leading technology companies and research centers. Its mission is to establish a high volume manufacturing NIL platform in nano-electronics, data storage, life sciences and opto-electronics by creating a technology interface for qualifying and standardizing the related infrastructure...read the wave

 

Nano News : Vietnam

HCM City University invests in building nanotechnology lab

 

HCM City (VNA) - A nanotechnology laboratory will be built at the Ho Chi Minh City National University at a cost of 4.3 million USD.

Dr Dang Mau Chien, who is director of the laboratory, said this will be one of the first nanotechnology labs in the country...read the wave

 

 

Nano Debate :

Bio- & Nano-Technology: who should decide and who will pay?

 

The convergence of biology, computing and robotics is the kernel of the recent progresses that applications from biotechnology to nanotechnology have produced in relation to their perceived opportunities, risks and challenges. Undoubtedly, human progress depend on the introduction and diffusion of novel and paradigm-changing technologies, but these are not neutral and carry with themselves a plethora of un-intended side-effects. These need to be evaluated seriously and discussed beyond the world of the closed laboratory in order to decide which are the innovations that can be supported and proliferate to be not only more useful, but also less risky for human life, health and the ecosystem....read the wave

 

07 - 12- 2004

Nano Environment : UK

Stagecoach Adopts 21st Century Fuel Additive For UK Bus Fleet

Innovative product delivers over 5% cut in fuel consumption and emissions

 

UK -- Stagecoach Group is to roll out the use of the next-generation fuel additive Envirox™ across its entire UK bus fleet after the success of a 12-month commercial evaluation.

The Perth-based international transport group announced today (insert date) that its tests of the product in the north west of England and London had delivered more than a 5% cut in fuel consumption and an associated decrease in vehicle emissions.

Last year, Stagecoach signed an agreement with Cerulean International Ltd, the Oxford-based subsidiary of the nanomaterials company Oxonica Ltd, to trial the product in up to 1,000 vehicles across the country...read the wave

 

 

Nano News / Funding : Australia

Big ideas in a miniature world

 

Sydney, Australia.---The ability to understand the workings of something 100-thousand-million times smaller than a human has been a constant fascination for Professor Thomas Maschmeyer in the School of Chemistry.

It is this fascination with tiny objects that has won Professor Maschmeyer a $600,000 ARC discovery grant over three years to advance the fundamental science of nano-particles in industrial chemical reactions.

Much of Professor Maschmeyer's research has been focused on improving the production of industrial bulk chemicals by increasing the speed, stability and selectivity of catalysts at the nanoscopic level...read the wave

 

Nano News : Israel

Spiderweb tech

 

A spider web is a type of wonder fiber. It is six times as strong as steel fiber. That means that if a spider web were the thickness of steel fiber, it could bear six times as much weight as steel fiber without breaking. Spider webs are also very resistant to water, cold, heat, and fire. Microscopic threads that can be spun from them are suitable for the software, medical, and nano-technology engineering industries...read the wave

 

 

| Current Trends in Nanotech Patents |

 

 


...read the wave

Patents are critical to commercialization of nanotechnology. With large numbers of patents being filed, investors, lawyers, and managers must understand legal issues involving nanotech patents and carefully monitor patent issuances, licenses, and litigation. In this article, PTO examiner Vivek Koppikar and patent attorneys Stephen Maebius and Steve Rutt discuss trends in nanotechnology patents. They first...

| article courtesy of Nanotechnology Law & Business |
 

Nano Medicine / Defence : USA

Army Research Laboratory (ARL) and Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) produce nanotech patents

 

Collaboration between Army scientists at the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) and the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) has produced a pair of valuable patents in the booming field of nanotechnology.

The new patent for "Enhancing Protein Activity Through Nanoencapsulation" (Patent No. US 6,716,450 B1) describes a method of encapsulating enzymes and other proteins in a way that maintains the bioactivity of the molecules even at extreme temperatures and harsh pH levels...read the wave

 

 

Nano Debate : Global

Are We There Yet?

 

Nanotechnology deals with the creation of valuable commodities fabricated one atom at a time. The ultimate dream of nanotechnology is to create legions of inexpensive self-replicating microscopic machines that can be directed to fabricate or modify virtually anything using ambient materials. Building a house from a pile of sand, or reconstructing every cell in the human body to ensure eternal youth are among the dreams of nanotechnology. However, present products seem more focused on stain resistant fabrics, corrosion resistant paints, and a host of fascinating, yet unproven possibilities...read the wave

 

 

Nano News : In German

Eine Reise in die Welt der Nanos

 

Immer kleiner, immer schneller, immer leistungsfähiger - so lautet das Motto in den Entwicklungslaboren der Elektronik- und Informationsindustrie. Elektronische Bausteine und Oberflächenstrukturen sollen auf Nanometermaßstab schrumpfen und dadurch ganz neue Eigenschaften bekommen. Und so dringen Wissenschaftler immer tiefer in die Welt der Atome und Moleküle vor...read the wave

 

 

Nano News : South Korea

Green breakthrough for nanoscience

 

CNN) -- A South Korean scientist says he has come up with an inexpensive way to produce nanoparticles on a large scale without harming the environment.

The breakthrough may help to address concerns about the safety of nanotechnology -- the engineering and use of materials at an atomic or molecular scale...read the wave


 

Future Technology :

When technology gets personal

 

Technology is already upon us. Researchers have developed computers and sensors worn in clothing. MP3 jackets, based on the idea that electrically conductive fabric can connect to keyboard sewn into sleeves, have already appeared in shops.

These "smart fabrics" have come about through advances in nano- and micro-engineering - the ability to manipulate and exploit materials at micro or molecular scale.

At the nanoscale, materials can be "tuned" to display unusual properties that can be exploited to build faster, lighter, stronger and more efficient devices and systems...read the wave

 

 

Nano Debate : Australia

Keep an eye on nanotech, says public

 

The Australian public wants greater scrutiny of nanotechnology, a recent citizen's panel on nanotechnology has heard.

The event, held by CSIRO in Melbourne last week, is part of the organisation's ongoing project to involve the public in its research agenda.

Around 23 people, including six experts representing nanotechnology researchers, industry, regulators and those focusing on safety, social and ethical aspects, developed a joint statement on behalf of Australia for a hypothetical UN forum on nanotechnology in 2006...read the wave

 

06 - 12- 2004

| What Is Happening to the Funding for Commercializing Nanotechnology ? |

 

 


...read the wave

Within the past few weeks I have heard two pieces of very disturbing news from the investment industry that could negatively impact commercialization of nanotechnology in the United States.

The first piece of disturbing news is that there is an initiative by the Bush Administration to cut funding to the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) (formerly known as the National Bureau of Standards (NBS)). Since I have done some research work at...

| article by Guest Writer Dr. Pearl Chin PhD, MB |
 

Future Technology : USA

Researchers Uncover Change in Matter's Properties

Bosons Crystallize in 2-D Traps

 

Atlanta — Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have unveiled a fundamental change in the properties of matter. The theoretical finding, that bosons placed in two-dimensional harmonic traps will crystallize when the strength of their repulsive interactions is increased...read the wave

 

 

| Planar Assembly : A better way to build large nano-products |

 

 


...read the wave

Molecular manufacturing promises to build large quantities of nano-structured material, quickly and cheaply. However, achieving this requires very small machines, which implies that the parts produced will also be small. Combining sub-micron parts into kilogram-scale machines will not be trivial.

In Engines of Creation (1986), [Drexler suggested] that large products could be built by self-contained micron-scale “assembler” units that would combine into a scaffold, take raw materials and fuel from a special fluid, build the product around themselves, and then exit the product, presumably filling in the holes as they left. This would require a lot of .........

| article by Guest Writer Chris Phoenix |
 

Nano Products : Canada

Quantiscript introduces standard test template for nano-imprint lithography

 

Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada ----Quantiscript have announced the availability of if its 1stImpression™ nano imprint process calibration artifact. This imprint template is intended to give early adopters of nano-imprint lithography a test vehicle for assessing imprint patterning processes in order to characterize and subsequently improve process capability. It can also provide a comparative reference for assessing multiple tools or process options...read the wave

 

 

Nano Textiles :

CMU blends fabric design with nanotechnology

 

Fashion and function come together as Central Michigan University students combine nanotechnology with fabric design.

Creating fabrics that can detect toxins or that stretch like elastic are not just science projects, but breakthroughs in nanotechnology that CMU students have begun incorporating in their designs.

Following a design process, CMU apparel design seniors created products to help alleviate problems ranging from chemical contamination to arthritis...read the wave

 

 

| Current Trends in Nanotech Patents |

 

 


...read the wave

Patents are critical to commercialization of nanotechnology. With large numbers of patents being filed, investors, lawyers, and managers must understand legal issues involving nanotech patents and carefully monitor patent issuances, licenses, and litigation. In this article, PTO examiner Vivek Koppikar and patent attorneys Stephen Maebius and Steve Rutt discuss trends in nanotechnology patents. They first...

| article courtesy of Nanotechnology Law & Business |
 

Nano Debate : UK

Nanoscience and nanotechnologies: opportunities and uncertainties

 

Nanoscience and nanotechnologies are widely seen as having huge potential to bring benefits in areas as diverse as drug development, water decontamination, information and communication technologies, and the production of stronger, lighter materials. They are attracting rapidly increasing investments from governments and from businesses in many parts of the world; it has been estimated that total global investment in nanotechnologies is currently around € 5 billion, € 2 billion of which comes from private sources...read the wave

 

 

Nano Products : Canada

Quantiscript licenses QSR-5TM
for nano-scale lithography applications

 

Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada ----Quantiscript have announced that it would license its patented non-spin coated e-beam resist, QSR-5™ to university, government, and industrial research labs for basic research and application development. QSR-5™ is a stable organic resist that is e-beam sensitive and has been demonstrated to achieve resolutions in the 25nm regime. QSR-5™ has been used for fabrication of nano-imprint templates and X-ray masks as well as patterning on ultra-small, fragile or non-planar surfaces...read the wave

 

 

Nano News : Israel

Using the Atomic Staircase for Nanotube Technology

 

The Weizmann Institute of Science in Rechovot announced this week that a research group headed by Dr. Ernesto Joselevich has developed a new approach to creating patterns of carbon nanotubes. The method involves placing the tubes on atomic-level "steps" of sapphire surfaces, where they tend to automatically arrange themselves along the staggered surface.

Carbon nanotubes are excellent candidates for...read the wave

 

 
02 - 12- 2004

Nano Research : Germany

Swinging Atoms
- ultrashort flash of x-rays images atomic motions

 

Scientists from the Max-Born-Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy (MBI) in Berlin, Germany, report the direct observation of atomic motions in a semiconductor nanostructure. They use a novel, laser-driven source for ultrashort x-ray pulses to take a movie of atomic motions in a semiconductor nanostructure. “We can observe changes on ultrashort timescales with our femtosecond x-ray diffraction setup”, says Matias Bargheer, who has conducted the work together with Michael Woerner, Nikolai Zhavoronkov and Thomas Elsaesser...read the wave

 

Quantum Computing : USA

NIST demonstrates data 'repair kit' for quantum computers

 

A practical method for automatically correcting data-handling errors in quantum computers has been developed and demonstrated by physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Described in the Dec. 2, 2004, issue of the journal Nature, the NIST work is the first demonstration of all the steps of error correction for quantum computers, a futuristic, potentially very powerful form of computing that uses the quantum properties of atoms or other particles as 1s and 0s for processing data. The method was implemented using ions (electrically charged atoms) as quantum bits (qubits). Ions are arguably the leading candidate for use as qubits in a quantum computer...read the wave

 

 

Nano Electronics : Global

'Nano-scale hell of physics' is upon us

 

The days of happy scaling are in danger, and the nano-scale hell of physics is upon us, the MEDEA+ 2004 Forum was told by Professor Hugo