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| The Importance of Using Rodents in the Nanomedical Research |

 


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" The use of minor species for the benefits of mankind always has been a controversial topic in modern society. Especially the use of animals for medical research, which is seen by some as a necessary evil in the name of scientific advance while others may think it is probably one the greatest sins mankind can commit against other species. Without entering in a profound ethical debate about the need of using other species for medical research, this article explores the importance of using rodents to study the positive and negative effects nanotechnology can have on the health of ... "

| by Dr. Jose Feneque DVM | Guest Writer
 
Nano Medicine : USA

Nanomedicine's Promise Is Anything but Tiny

 

It was a small wedding. Very small. But big changes are coming from the marriage of medicine and nanotechnology, the new branch of science that deals with things a few millionths of an inch in size.

Think "tiny medicine," and you probably think "Fantastic Voyage," the 1966 movie (and Isaac Asimov book) about a minuscule medical crew submarining through a patient's circulatory system. In fact, some nanomedicine experts foresee a day when invisibly small robots will cruise through the body looking for signs of disease -- albeit without the added attraction of a neoprene-clad Raquel Welch...read the wave

 

 
Nano Products : USA

BatMax Starts Production and Sales of the World's First Battery Life Extender for Mobile Phones.

 

(PRWEB) Specifically created for modern mobile phones with color display, camera, internet access, Bluetooth, games and enhanced multimedia functionalities, which require high energy, BatMax answers the battery life demands of the actual handsets and future 3G mobile phones market with high-speed data rate and video communication.

Old and new rechargeable batteries can benefit from BatMax and the product is compatible with all mobile phones.

BatMax is based on the IonXR, a new exclusively developed nanoceramic material...read the wave

 

 
Nano Debate : Japan

Govt to check nanotech safety / Hopes to avoid past problems with introduction of new technologies

 

The government has decided to evaluate the safety of materials produced using nanotechnology, a production method expected to become a core industrial technology in this century.

Under the plan, the effect of nanotech materials on human health and the environment will be examined to establish safety standards and new legislation dealing with the new materials, government sources said.

It is the first time for the government to examine the social influence of a new technology before it goes into practical use.

The decision was made in light of lessons learned from past controversies over new technologies, such as...read the wave

 

 
Nano Research : USA

Superfluid helium-4 whistles just the right tune

 

BERKELEY – University of California, Berkeley, physicists can now tune in to and hear normally inaudible quantum vibrations, called quantum whistles, enabling them to build very sensitive detectors of rotation or very precise gyroscopes.

A quantum whistle is a peculiar characteristic of supercold condensed fluids, in this case superfluid helium-4, which vibrate when you try to push them through a tiny hole. Richard Packard, professor of physics at UC Berkeley, and graduate student Emile Hoskinson knew that many other researchers had failed to produce a quantum whistle by pushing helium-4 through a tiny aperture, which must be no bigger than a few tens of nanometers across - the size of the smallest viruses and about 1,000 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair...read the wave

 

 
Nano Research : Denmark

Danish researchers design the first virtual
nano-catalyst in the world

 

Research offers new opportunities in the fields of renewable energy, pollution control and in the chemical industry.

On January 28th 2005 Science features a paper by researchers from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and Haldor Topsøe A/S. The paper demonstrates that by applying the quantum theory you can calculate the performance of catalysts to be used in everything from cars to the future production of hydrogen.

So far the development of new catalysts have been based on very expensive experiments where you test a myriad of different substances. The research now published in Science forms a whole new scientific basis for the understanding of catalytic processes, and consequently for the development of new technology.
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the (nano) tsunami is gaining height “ | Tim Harper | Cientifica
 
Nano Solar Energy : USA

Cheap Solar

Konarka's superthin film uses nanotechnology to generate electricity from the sun.

 

LOWELL, MASS.—Sukant Tripathy, a brilliant chem-ist at the University of Massachusetts, gave a keynote speech at an academic conference in Hawaii just weeks before he was to launch a company that would produce cheap solar power and that would, he believed, forever change the energy industry. Not long after the speech, he went for a swim in the ocean and tragically drowned. Yet the work he left behind is now the foundation for one of today's hottest solar-energy startups, thanks to an entrepreneur named Howard Berke, who decided to commercialize Tripathy's work in 2001, the year after he died. The new company, named in the chemist's honor, is called Konarka after a Hindu sun temple...read the wave

 

 
“ Why are you interested in Nanotechnology and not Golf ? ...there is more money invested in the Golfing Industry per year than in Nanotechnology “.
Prof. D.H. Reinhoudt. Universiteit Twente. Holland
 
Nano News : UK ( Scotland )

Scottish researchers gain funding to support GaAs development

 

LONDON — Scottish Enterprise is to provide funding of £730,000 to assist in development work on advanced silicon chip technology being carried out at University of Glasgow.

The Ultrafast Group at the University of Glasgow’s Electronics and Electrical Engineering Department includes work by Professor Iain Thayne, an supported by a major semiconductor manufacturer, to develop Gallium Arsenide MOSFETs, as a potential additional technology platform to silicon...read the wave

 

 

Nano Biz : USA

Biophan Announces Issuance of Two New Patents in MRI Compatibility, Expands Lead in Intellectual Property

 

New Patents Strengthen Company's Competitive Advantage in Several Multi-Billion-Dollar Healthcare Markets

Biophan Technologies, Inc. (OTC BB: BIPH), a developer of next-generation biomedical technology, has announced the issuance of two new patents by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that extend the Company's competitive edge in the marketplace for the rapidly emerging field of MRI safety and image compatibility for medical instruments and implanted devices. Michael Weiner, CEO of Biophan, made the announcement.

These newly-issued patents build on the base Biophan has already...read the wave

 

 
Nano Funding : UK

PLASTIC Logic, the "cheaper chips" company in Cambridge, has raised a further £4.2m in private funding.

 

New investors include Siemens Venture Capital and Nanotech Partners (Mitsubishi's nanotechnology fund), with existing shareholders also putting in further funds.

Stuart Evans, ceo of Plastic Logic, said: "Following on from our recent announcements of progress in producing flexible displays and our joint development agreement with Siemens, we are delighted to close this first part of our next funding round...read the wave

 

 
Nano Electronics : USA

Magma reveals next-gen IC design suite

 

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — Magma Design Automation is about to leapfrog its competitors with the first IC design system aimed at 65 nanometers and below, according to Rajeev Madhavan, Magma CEO. At Magma's quarterly earnings conference call Thursday (Jan. 27), Madhavan offered a surprise preview of Cobra, an internal development effort that promises a number of technology breakthroughs.

Madhavan said that Cobra will include the first commercial statistical timing engine, the first "interconnect synthesis," a signoff-quality static timing engine, and a lightning-fast design rule checking (DRC) and layout-versus-schematic (LVS) tool. Cobra will give Magma as broad and full a product line as "traditional" EDA companies, Madhavan said...read the wave

 

 
Nano Funding : UK

Intertek ASG joins EU partnership for nanotechnology joint research.

 

Intertek ASG laboratory is the industrial partner in a joint research project with several of Europe's top academic nanotechnology research groups. The partnership has received approval for 2.3 million euros in funding from the EU Sixth Framework Programme, with Intertek ASG allocated 100,000 euros as part of the collaboration. Other partners include the University of Edinburgh (UK) and the Institute for Molecular Sciences in Amsterdam (NL).

The partnership represents not only several leading nanotech research groups, but provides a strong analytical network, useful for technology transfer from academia to industry. The nanoscience research project will begin in April, 2005. Interek ASG operates a laboratory offering nanoscale analytical testing...read the wave

 

 
Future Technology : Germany + UK

Physicists discover temperature key to avalanche movement

 

100 years after Einstein’s landmark work on Brownian motion, physicists have discovered a new concept of temperature that could be the key to explaining how ice and snow particles flow during an avalanche, and could also lead to a better way of handling tablets in the pharmaceutical industry. This research is reported today in a special Einstein Year issue of the New Journal of Physics (www.njp.org) published jointly by the Institute of Physics and the German Physical Society (Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft).

Everything from powdery snow to desert sands, from salt to corn flakes are granular materials. Physicists have known for many years that granular materials have many perplexing properties that make them behave at times like solids, liquids, and even gases. This new research reveals for the first time how to measure a concept called “granular temperature” – that could be the key to explaining how they behave.
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28 -01 -2005
Nano Medicine : USA

Quantum Dot Imaging and its Potential in Cancer Diagnosis, Treatment

 

Newswise — The evolution over the last two decades of the nanocrystals known as quantum dots has seen the growth of this revolutionary new tool from electronic materials science to far-reaching biological applications that will allow researchers to study cell processes at the level of a single molecule and may result in new and better ways to diagnose and treat cancers.

Fluorescent semiconductor quantum dots, or qdots, also hold promise for high-resolution cellular imaging and the long-term observation of individual molecules and their movement within cells, according to a UCLA-led team of chemistry and biochemistry researchers that includes scientists from Stanford University.
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Nano Textiles :Taiwan

Infrared fabrics taking off
by JOHN MCCURRY

 

One of the areas of specialization coming out of Taiwan that's drawing considerable interest is FAR infrared fabrics, which absorb energy from sunlight or the human body and radiate it slowly back to the body. Utilizing advanced nanotechnology, elements that absorb FAR infrared rays are incorporated into the fabric during spinning, weaving and dyeing. Fabrics made with this technology keep the body warmer than traditional textiles.

Among the many applications for FAR infrared fabrics are garments for improving blood circulation. While research into FAR infrared fabrics continues, the new technology is thought to be ideal for applications in underwear, socks and gloves, reports Huang, adding that Eclat Textile Co., the largest knitted fabric mill in Taiwan, is developing new fabrics incorporating FAR infrared, UV resistant and antibacterial properties.

Another innovative company, the Haojey Group, has successfully adopted silver ion and nanotechnology into the fiber production process. Haojey touts the strong antiseptic and deodorant capabilities of its multi-functional Texcare product, which "can absorb and expel body sweat, as well as perform the functions of FAR infrared, static resistance, anti-electromagnetic wave and UV protection," Huang concludes...read the wave

 

 
Tools of the Trade : UK + USA

Malvern to launch new particle shape analyzer at Pittcon 2005

 

Malvern Instruments will launch a new generation image analysis system for the fully automated characterization of particle shape and size at Pittcon 2005 (27 Feb – 1 Mar 2005; Orlando, USA). The company will also exhibit systems from its comprehensive range of analytical instruments for particle size measurement and rheological applications. These will include the Zetasizer Nano for the characterization of nano-sized particles, proteins, and molecules in solution; the industry-leading Mastersizer 2000 laser-diffraction-based particle size analyzer; and the Gemini stress and strain controlled rheometer.

New product launch – FPIA-3000...read the wave

 

 
Nano Biz : Australia + USA

Altair Nanotechnologies Announces New Australian Patent Award Notification

 

RENO, NV -- (MARKET WIRE) -- Altair Nanotechnologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALTI) have announced that it was awarded a new Australian patent covering "Processing Aqueous Titanium Solutions to Titanium Dioxide Pigment" by the Australian Patent Office.

The new patent describes the fundamental technology for a hydrometallurgical process for producing pigment-grade titanium dioxide ("Ti02") containing solutions. The process includes hydrolyzing the solution via complete evaporation in controlled conditions of temperature to form titania oxide of defined characteristics. After hydrolyzing, the titanium oxide is calcined to form either anatase or rutile pigment of the desired particle size. It is then milled for final processing...read the wave

 

 
Nano Biz : Australia + USA

pSivida Limited Appoints Citigroup Depositary for Nasdaq Listed ADR Program

 

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Citigroup Depositary Receipt Services, the leading depositary bank, have announced that it has established an American Depositary Receipt (ADR) Program for pSivida Limited, a global nanotechnology company committed to the biomedical sector and developing products in health care. pSivida is headquartered in Perth, Australia.


The ADRs are now listed on the Nasdaq under the symbol PSDV (CUSIP 74439M 10 7). Each Nasdaq traded ADS represents...read the wave

 

 
Future Technology : The Netherlands

Hydrogen storage can be improved

 

The storage of hydrogen in fuel cell powered cars can probably be greatly improved by increasing the working temperature of the fuel cell. With the use of magnesium powder, the storage of hydrogen can take place more efficiently and safely and at a higher temperature. This is the conclusion of Gijs Schimmel, who will defend his PhD thesis at TU Delft on 1 February.

One of the main problems in the transition to a hydrogen economy is the storage of hydrogen, for use in vehicles, for example. Currently, this is done by storing the.
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27 -01 -2005
Nano Research : USA

Gentler processing may yield better molecular devices

 

A simple, chemical way to attach electrical contacts to molecular-scale electronic components has been developed by researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The recently patented* method attaches a layer of copper on the ends of delicate molecular components to avoid damage to the components that commonly occurs with conventional techniques.

Molecular electronics--designing carbon-based molecules to act as...read the wave

 

 
Nano Research : USA

Laser applications heat up for carbon nanotubes

 

Carbon nanotubes---a hot nanotechnology with many potential uses---may find one of its quickest applications in the next generation of standards for optical power measurements, which are essential for laser systems used in manufacturing, medicine, communications, lithography, space-based sensors and other technologies.

As described in a...read the wave

 

 
Spintronics : USA

NVE Awarded DoD Contract to Develop
Next-Generation Tunnel Junctions

 

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NVE Corporation (NASDAQ:NVEC) have announced that it has been awarded a contract for approximately $520,000 by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop next-generation spin-dependent tunneling (SDT) junctions.

The two-year contract was awarded under DARPA's Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) program, which funds cooperative projects between businesses and research institutions. Under the contract, NVE will optimize.
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MEMS : France + USA

France's Custom MEMS Manufacturer TRONIC'S Microsystems Taps into North American Market

 

TRONIC'S Microsystems, an innovative manufacturer of MEMS-based custom components for high value-added applications, today announced it has opened a North American office to address the need for high-performance, reliable MEMS devices using its proven and stable MEMS processes. TRONIC'S has retained MEMS industry veteran Ariel Cao to serve as its North American director of business development.

Establishing a U.S. presence is part of the TRONIC'S strategy to...read the wave

 

 
Nano Defense : USA

Researchers look to nanotechnology to improve military missile defense

 

Speed professor Robert Cohn and a study team explore many ways to make near-atomic-sized nanotechnology devices. Cohn’s team recently found a novel way to make bridge-like structures of 50-nanometer polymer wires suspended on pillars (below).

Recent news about the possible development by other nations of nuclear and chemically armed ballistic missiles has put American missile defense back in the spotlight. To keep America’s missile defenses up to date, the U.S. Army is looking for help from nanotechnology researchers at the University of Louisville.

Nanotechnology refers to near-atomic-scale wires, tubes and other materials that have a wide range of...read the wave

 

 
Nano Biz : Belgium + South Korea

Samsung Secures the First Strategic Research Partnership with IMEC on Future Mobile Terminals

 

LEUVEN, Belgium--(BUSINESS WIRE)--IMEC, Europe's leading independent nanoelectronics and nanotechnology research institute, has announced that Samsung Electronics Co. LTD., the world's leading information and communications technologies (ICT) company, has become the first long-term strategic partner within IMEC's M4 (Multi-Mode Multi-Media) research program, which focuses on the mobile terminal for the future ubiquitous network era. Under this agreement, Samsung and IMEC intend to develop key technologies for its future portable communication products.

Future generation mobile terminals will start to...read the wave

 

 
Future Technology : EU

FP5 project brings benefit to amputees

 

A Fifth Framework Programme (FP5) project has developed new generation prosthetics and artificial limbs that use controlling computer devices.

The MOL SWITCH project has built a single-molecule DNA sequencing device, together with a molecular magnetic switch, which combines a biological motor and a moving magnetic bead. By linking the biological and silicon microelectronics worlds, the partners in the project have been able to move artificial limbs by changing the mechanisms of interface between computers and humans.

'The MOL SWITCH Project is one of the most successful research projects.
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Nano News : Japan

Kyoto University, Pioneer, Mitsubishi Chemical, and Rohm Develop Key Flexible Display Components: Organic Light Emitting Transistor and Flexible Transparent Substrate

 

Tokyo (JCNN) - An industry-academia alliance initiated by Kyoto University, Pioneer (TSE: 6773), Mitsubishi Chemical (TSE: 4010), and Rohm (TSE: 6963)has developed two flexible display components: an organic light emitting transistor (OLET) and a flexible transparent substrate with a low thermal expansion coefficient.

The OLET has an electroluminescence (EL) light emitting function built into an organic transistor. An active-matrix display, comprised of the OLETs, requires a substantially fewer number of components than conventional organic EL displays, since it has both driver transistors and light emitting devices embedded. The latest OLET has a gate voltage control capability to control the amount of EL emission, just as conventional OLETs control drain current by gate voltage.

The substrate, called Bionano Fiber Composite, uses a transparent nano fiber less than 100nm in diameter for a filler to achieve a parallel light transmittance of more than 85%. It also has about 1/30 the thermal expansion coefficient of silicon crystal, equivalent to that of quartz glass, and yet has a coefficient of elasticity higher than glass and about the same as aramid fiber.

The alliance will work on the commercialization of the devices, aiming to applications including mobile device displays, e-books, and e-posters.

This news is brought to you courtesy of JCN Network

 

 
Future Technology : Spain

Biochip for detection of inflammatory bowel disease

 

At the III International Symposium on Advanced Therapy for Chronic Inflammatory Bowel Disease, held in Madrid, the biotechnological company, Progenika, presented a DNA-chip the purpose of which is the optimisation of the diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of patients with inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease and Ulcerous Colitis).

The project developing the biochip, known as the IBDChip, was carried out with.
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Nano Interview : In Portuguese

Adriano Cavalcanti
CEO Research Scientist CAN Center for Automation in Nanobiotech

Check out this TV interview with Adriano Cavalcanti we received this week.
Please note only in Portuguese...read the wave

CAN Center for Automation in Nanobiotech
www.canbiotechnems.com www.nanorobotdesign.com www.nanorobotica.com.br

 

26 -01 -2005
Tools of the Trade : Germany

Carl Zeiss SMT sets new record milestone in
sub-Angstrom e-beam imaging

 

Oberkochen, Carl Zeiss SMT announces a major break-through by achieving a record image resolution of 0.8 Angstrom (0.08 nanometer) during qualification of its latest generation ultra-high-resolution transmission electron microscope (UHRTEM).

The milestone was achieved using a newly developed 200 kV field-emission UHRTEM equipped with electron optical components for aberration correction, electron beam monochromatization and energy filtered imaging, partly co-developed with CEOS GmbH, Heidelberg. By unique and proprietary integration of...read the wave

 

 
Nano Coatings : Canada

NANO PAINT COULD BOOST ANTITERRORISM,
RESCUE EFFORTS

 

Night vision technology could become extremely precise thanks to an inexpensive water-based material capable of boosting particles of light in the infrared spectrum, say University of Toronto researchers. The material has the potential to enhance infrared images tenfold by coating lenses with a film a 10th of a millimetre thick and powering the material with a laser.

In a study published the January issue of the journal Optics Letters, U of T professors Ted Sargent and Eugenia Kumacheva and colleagues produced optical gain - boosting the power in a beam of light the way a stereo boosts electrical signals - using nanometre-sized particles originally suspended in water...read the wave

 

 
Nano Medicine : USA

Novel technology detects human DNA mutations

 

Researchers at Nanosphere, Inc. today reported unprecedented benefits in the company's technology for the medical analysis of human DNA.

Nanosphere's nanoparticle-based technology allows for rapid, highly-sensitive and specific Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) genotyping, which is the direct detection of a particular gene and the extent to which it is normal or mutated. The technology, reported in the February 2005 (Volume 33, Number 2), issue of Nucleic Acids Research, allows detection of a SNP in an unknown genotype with a greater than...read the wave

 

 
Nano Research : USA

Quantum Dots Research Leads to New Knowledge about Protein Binding in Plants

 

UC Riverside researchers from the Departments of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Botany and Plant Sciences have worked together to discover a way to utilize Quantum Dot bio-conjugates to uncover new knowledge about the binding of a protein at the growing pollen tube tip. This protein plays a critical role along with another protein (chemocyanin) in guiding sperm-laden pollen tubes to the eggs found in ovules. Applying nanoparticles for imaging the protein localization revealed information that could not be observed previously by conventional imaging techniques. This study provides a new tool to botanical scientists by merging areas of materials science, chemistry and plant biology...read the wave

 

 
Nano Defence: UK

Advance Nanotech Subsidiary Owlstone Limited Recruits Two Government Scientists from UK Ministry of Defense

 

NEW YORK, J (PRIMEZONE) -- Advance Nanotech, Inc. (OTC BB:AVNA.OB - News) have announces that its subsidiary, Owlstone Limited, has expanded its development team with the recruitment of two UK Government scientists, Russell Parris and Martyn Rush. Their experience and expertise in the field of chemical and explosive analysis will prove invaluable to Owlstone and the development of its nanofabricated threat detection technology.

Russell and Martyn both left the UK Defense Science Technology Laboratory (DSTL) to join the Owlstone team...read the wave

 

 
Nano Biz : USA + Australia

Dendritic NanoTechnologies, Dow and Starpharma Sign Major Three-Way Deal to Commercialize Nanotechnology

 

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich.,PRNewswire/ -- Dendritic NanoTechnologies Inc. (DNT), The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW - News), and Starpharma (ASX: SPL, USOTC: SPHRY) of Melbourne, Australia, have reached an agreement that provides DNT and Starpharma with ownership or access to the world's broadest patent portfolio in the field of dendrimers, and establishes the companies as leading providers of market-validated nanotechnology with near-term, tangible commercial applications.

Under terms of the deal, Dow will assign its entire...read the wave

 

 
Nano News : Germany

Schott AG Research: Nano-Layer System Prevents Scorching

 

Consumers will soon see the benefits of new technology as they will no longer need to spend time cleaning the insides of ovens. A new Easy-to-CleanTM glass pane from Schott , for use inside ovens, complements the solutions oven appliance manufacturers offer.

Trends that Effect the Appliance Market New functionalities for surfaces of all kinds have developed into an important trend. Because they simplify...read the wave

 

 

25 -01 -2005

25 january 2005

Happy Birthday
Zoë Voyle
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Nano Research : USA

Following Nature's Lead, Scientists
Seek Better Catalysts

Iron-sulfur nanosystem isolated from bacterium is more reactive than catalysts in use

 

UPTON, NY -- Those seeking to design more efficient catalysts for the production of hydrogen and the control of air pollutants might do well to take a closer look at how chemistry works in nature, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory say. Their theoretical investigations of a bacterial enzyme reveal a catalytic complex with higher predicted chemical reactivity than that of industrial catalysts currently in use...read the wave

 

 
Nano Research : EU

Fullerenes: optimising surfaces for anti-wear applications

 

The problem of the tribological behaviour of materials had focussed on either improving friction or prioritising less wear and tear. The target of FOREMOST project (“FOREMOST: fullerene-based opportunities for robust engineering: making optimised surfaces for tribology”) is to achieve both effects simultaneously and, tot his end, the project will be based on the use of inorganic fullerenes (molybdenum bisulphate and bisulphate of wolframite). These new alotropic states of these well-known solid lubricants have the property of forming spheres of a few nanometers in diameter and forming layers like onion skins which act as “nano ball bearings” between the surfaces in contact...read the wave

 

 
Nano Defence : USA

Tiny technology carries big promise

 

Nanotechnology has the potential to revolutionize materials, manufacturing, energy, security and healthcare. At the Research and Development Conference of MIT's Industrial Liaison Program last month, Professor Edwin L. Thomas, director of the Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies at MIT, discussed the promises and challenges of nanotechnology.

"Nano is huge, with pervasive benefits for society, the economy and national security," said Thomas. In terms of its potential impact, "nano is on par with electricity, transistors, the Internet and antibiotics," he said...read the wave

 

 
Nano Reports : USA

Advancing Nanoparticle Technology Creating Opportunities for Drug Developers

 

AMHERST, N.H.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 24, 2005--Advances in nanotechnology that enable drugs to be delivered in ways that preserve their efficacy and to precise therapeutic targets are creating a host of opportunities for drug developers. A variety of nanostructures are being investigated as functional drug carriers for a wide range of therapies, most notably cardiovascular medicine, autoimmune diseases, and cancer.

"While the concept of nanoparticles in drug delivery is not new, the number of.
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Nano News : India

India strives for a place in nanoworld

 

India has missed out on major innovations in science but it's trying hard to ensure that it does not lag behind in the latest revolution.

A nano-science initiative of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) that began in 2003 has now identified and equipped research units in the country. Eminent scientist and pioneer of the nanotechnology initiative in India, Prof CNR Rao, is determined to...read the wave

 

 
Nano News : India

Limitations and Moral Implications

 

Every technology has its limits and Nano is no elixir — it can't turn lead into gold. That would require changing the structure of atoms. Nanotech can only build objects using atoms. The real utility of nano might lie in the new things we could create. How about a machine that eats hazardous waste?

Limits to Nanotechnology

Raw materials: Despite the fact theta we still have a wealth of mineral resources on Earth, the scale of building with nanotechnology could outstrip that supply. Scarcity of materials could be a limit on nano designs...read the wave

 

 
Nano News : India + China

India, China front-runners in nanotech research

 

PUNE: India along with China and South Korea has emerged as a "front runner" among developing nations researching into nanotechnology which is being viewed as the "next transformative technology like the Internet or electricity."


Meridian Institute, a major US think tank that has worked closely with the White House on policy research, has cited the Satara-based Nimkar Agricultural Research Institute (Nari), Banaras Hindu University and the Central Scientific Instruments Organisation of India as agencies that have begun noteworthy initiatives in nanotechnology...read the wave

 

 
Nano Medicine : USA

Nanotechnology Offers Improved Therapy for Cancer Patients

New Method of Delivery of Gene Therapy May Lead to Safer Treatment for Cancer, Says LIMR

 

WYNNEWOOD, Pa./PRNewswire/ -- The Lankenau Institute for Medical Research (LIMR) announced that in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) they have performed preclinical proof-of- principle studies showing how nanotechnology can be used to enhance gene therapy for cancer. The results of the study, led by Janet Sawicki, Ph.D. at LIMR and Robert Langer, Ph.D. and Daniel Anderson, Ph.D. at MIT, were reported as a cover article in a recent issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

This advance offers an alternative method of gene therapy that has advantages over...read the wave

 

 
Nano Biotech : Global

Nanobiotech: Notable Progress in a Still Nascent Field

 

The application of nanotechnology in the life sciences, while still in the very early research stage, is starting to yield real results.

Nanobiotech researchers have focused on four main areas where nanotechnology shows promise. The main application areas being explored are drug delivery, R&D analysis, clinical diagnosis, and pathogen detection.

Much of the work has been done in academic labs. But increasingly, clinical labs as well as biotech and pharmaceutical companies are also getting involved. For instance, just within the last few weeks there have been several notable announcements, including...read the wave

 

 
Nano Electronics : USA + Singapore

IBM, Chartered extend foundry pact to 45-nm node

 

LONDON — IBM Corp. and Singapore's Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing have signed an extension to an existing technology agreement, expanding their joint development efforts to 45-nanometer bulk CMOS process technology, the companies said Monday (Jan. 24).

The 45-nm alliance builds on a multi-year agreement that the two companies signed in November 2002 to develop 90-nm and 65-nm logic processes for 300-millimeter silicon wafers.

The latest agreement extends the development relationship through June 2008. Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed...read the wave

 

24 -01 -2005
Smart Dust News : USA

Organic molecules transport strongest spectral
signature of interplanetary dust particles

 

LIVERMORE, Calif. — Carbon and silicate grains in interplanetary dust particles are helping scientists solve a 40-year-old astronomical mystery.

Using a transmission electron microscope, researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have detected a 5.7-electron volt or 2175 Å (angstrom) wavelength feature in interstellar grains that were embedded within interplanetary dust particles (IDPs). They found that this feature is carried by carbon and amorphous silicate grains that are abundant in IDPs and may help explain how some IDPs formed from interstellar materials...read the wave

 

 
Nano News : USA

Balaji Sitharaman wins Texas Nanotech Award

 

Two people of Indian origin - Balaji Sitharaman and Bharat Bhushan -- made news in science and technology last week.

The Nanotechnology Foundation of Texas (NFT) announced that it has selected Rice University doctoral student Balaji Sitharaman as one of two winners of the 2004 George Kozmetsky Award for Outstanding Graduate Research in Nanotechnology. The award is for Sitharaman´s efforts to create a revolutionary new class of contrast agents that could, for the first time, allow magnetic resonance imaging of individual cells.


Sitharaman’s work has primarily involved creating derivatized nanotubes that can dramatically improve magnetic resonance imaging contrast in the detection of cancer cells. His research also impacts practical medical applications where nanotubes can be used to deliver therapeutic agents, such as radioactive isotopes, to specific tumors...read the wave

 

 
Nano Research : USA

MOLECULAR SCALE RESOLUTION ACHIEVED IN POLYMER NANOIMPRINTING TECHNIQUE

 

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Scientists using molds derived from carbon nanotubes have approached the ultimate resolution - defined by molecular scale dimensions - in a widely used polymer nanoimprinting technique. By accurately replicating features with nanometer dimensions, the technique could play future roles in fabricating structures in fields as diverse as microelectronics, nanofluidics and biotechnology.

Polymer nanoimprint lithography works by pressing a...read the wave

 

 
Nano Medicine : USA

DNA molecules used to assemble nanoparticles

 

ANN ARBOR, Mich.---University of Michigan researchers have developed a faster, more efficient way to produce a wide variety of nanoparticle drug delivery systems, using DNA molecules to bind the particles together.

Nanometer-scaled dendrimers can be assembled in many configurations by using attached lengths of single-stranded DNA molecules, which naturally bind to other DNA strands in a highly specific fashion.

"With this approach, you can target a...read the wave

 

 
Nano News : Global

Nano World: Nanotech needs wiser investing

 

NEW YORK -- Many of the world's largest corporations are failing to invest wisely in nanotechnology research and development, and experts think the consequences of falling behind might range in the billions of dollars.

"The threat for not having a coordinated nanotech effort is missed opportunities, and having your competitors get there first and eating your lunch," Lux Research vice president Matthew Nordan told UPI's Nano World. "Toshiba could see its $1.8 billion in annual flash-memory sales displaced by nano-enabled alternatives, and nano-fabric treatments could erode the 29 percent of revenue that (Procter & Gamble) earns from fabric and home care products."

Among the changes wasted nanotechnology efforts could trigger is...read the wave

 

 
Nano Biz : USA

Nanometrics and August Technology Announce Agreement to Merge; Merger will Create Global Leader in Metrology and Inspection

 

MILPITAS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nanometrics Incorporated (Nasdaq:NANO) and August Technology Corporation (Nasdaq:AUGT) jointly have announced that they have entered into a merger agreement to create a combined company providing comprehensive inspection, measurement and analysis systems to the global semiconductor, flat panel display and related microelectronic industries.

The combined company will be named August Nanometrics Inc. The board of directors of the combined company will consist of...read the wave

 

 
just an odd bit of news...

State-of-the-art QPX Geochemistry Survey Returning Positive Results for First Narrows

 

QPX geochemistry is founded on various aspects of nanotechnology as applied to mineral exploration. Mineral elements are known to release nanosize quantum particles unique to each element. The quantum particles migrate upward through barren rock much like helium and radon. These particles collect in "B" horizon soils which are well developed in New Brunswick. QPX technology allows for the collection of these particles which in turn leads to the identification of zones of mineralization buried beneath geological formations (i.e. blind) that would normally render traditional geochemical methods less effective...read the wave

 

 
Nano News : USA

Nanotechnology is next big thing in electronics and manufacturing

 

The next big thing could come in the smallest package imaginable -- so tiny, in fact, it is invisible to the naked eye.
Nanotechnology is the science of working with things that are one-billionth of a meter, or more than 1,000 times narrower than the diameter of a human hair.

Pittsburgh scientists see a wide open future in using nanotechnology to make a new generation of products that are not only smaller, but cleaner, stronger, lighter and more precise.

"The huge vision for nanotechnology is that we'll be able to...read the wave

 

21 -01 -2005
Nano Medicine : USA

DNA molecules used to assemble nanoparticles

 

ANN ARBOR, Mich.---University of Michigan researchers have developed a faster, more efficient way to produce a wide variety of nanoparticle drug delivery systems, using DNA molecules to bind the particles together.

Nanometer-scaled dendrimers can be assembled in many configurations by using attached lengths of single-stranded DNA molecules, which naturally bind to other DNA strands in a highly specific fashion.

"With this approach, you can target a...read the wave

 

 
Nano Research : USA

Evidence of Charging of Nanocatalysts Found

 

Atlanta — Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Technical University Munch have discovered evidence of a phenomenon that may lead to drastically lowering the cost of manufacturing of materials from plastics to fertilizers. Studying nano-sized clusters of gold on a magnesium oxide surface, scientists found direct evidence for electrical charging of a nano-sized catalyst. This is an important factor in increasing the rate of chemical reactions. The research will appear in the 21 January, 2005, issue of the journal Science, published by the AAAS, the science society, the world’s largest general scientific organization...read the wave

 

 

| Opening an era of carbon nanotubes through large-scale production |
| by
Morinobu ENDO
|

 

 


...read the wave

"Carbon is a material that has contributed greatly to human lives and has been involved in scientific breakthroughs. It is 'An old but new material'. Research concerning carbon always results in new discoveries," says Prof. Endo who developed a large-scale method for the production of carbon nanotubes. Now, he is promoting the practical applications of carbon nanotubes for a new 'carbon age'

| article courtesy of Japan Nanonet Bulletin |
 
Nano Biz : The Netherlands

OctoPlus secures Euro 18.25 million in second financing round

 

OctoPlus (Leiden, The Netherlands), a drug delivery and development company announced today that it has raised Euro 18.25 million (US$ 23.85 million) in a second financing round from an international group of investors. The investment was led by Life Sciences Partners II B.V. (LSP; Amsterdam, The Netherlands) and S.R. One, Ltd. (West Conshohocken, PA, USA). Other investors participating in this round of financing are Innoven Partenaires (Paris, France), Fortis Private Equity (Brussels, Belgium) and SurModics, Inc. (Minneapolis, MN, USA). Fortis Bank acted as OctoPlus' exclusive financial advisor and placement agent in the financing.

The funds will be used primarily to further expand OctoPlus’ portfolio of products based on...read the wave

 

 
Nano Biz : USA

MFIC Develops Process to Enable Spatial Arrangement of Carbon Nanotubes

 

NEWTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Carbon nanotubes, macromolecules in the form of long thin cylinders, are noted for their dimensions, shape and physical properties. They display uncommon characteristics of strength, conductivity and quantum behavior when prepared in diameters in the 10-50 nanometer range. Many companies produce bulk carbon nanotubes, and many groups are developing commercial products which incorporate them. A common need, for purposes of a particular desired functionality, is to organize the nanotubes as they are deposited in a linear or other designed pattern, by physical or chemical means...read the wave

 

 
Nano News : UK

UK firms form nanotech group

 

A new industry group called MUST (Micro & Nano UK SMEs Together) has been launched.

MUST was formed earlier this month at the Institute for Electrical Engineering’s ‘MNT for SME’ (Micro and Nanotechnology Technology for Small and Medium Enterprises) event at Oxford University’s Begbroke Science Park. The group was formed to represent the views, interests and issues facing firms involved in exploiting MNT.

UK SME’s do not have a strong enough representation or voice in comparison to academia or large companies regarding conveying the issues facing them.
..read the wave

 

 
Nano News: UK

New report calls on UK government to divert military R&D funds to wider issues

 

Military issues have a disproportionate influence on how science and technology funding is allocated in the UK, says a report published on 19 January.

The report 'Soldiers in the laboratory - military involvement in science and technology', published by Scientists for Global Responsibility (SGR), points out that 30 per cent of total UK public research and development (R&D) spending is funded by the Ministry of Defence (MoD). Furthermore, 40 per cent of government R&D personnel are employed by the MoD...read the wave

 

20-01- 2005
Future Technology : USA

“BUMPY” GLASS COULD LEAD TO SELF-CLEANING WINDOWS, SLICK MICROMACHINES

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State University engineers are designing super-slick, water-repellent surfaces that mimic the texture of lotus leaves.

The patent-pending technology could lead to self-cleaning glass, and could also reduce friction between the tiny moving parts inside microdevices.

Scientists have long known that the lotus, or water lily, makes a good model for a water-repellent surface, explained Bharat Bhushan, Ohio Eminent Scholar and the Howard D. Winbigler Professor of mechanical engineering at Ohio State. The leaf is waxy and covered with tiny bumps, so water rolls...read the wave

 

 
Nano Medicine : USA

Novel antiviral technology inhibits RSV infection in mice

 

Tampa, FL -- A novel antiviral treatment combining nanoparticle and gene silencing technologies thwarts attacks of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) -- a virus associated with severe bronchitis and asthma, an animal study by University of South Florida researchers found. The study was reported in the January 2005 issue of the journal Nature Medicine.

RSV infects lung cells and can be life-threatening in very young children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. No vaccine or widespread antiviral treatment is available for the infection...read the wave

 

 
Nano Biz : USA

Atlas Mining Company Enters into Collaborative Agreement With NaturalNano Inc.

 

OSBURN, Idaho, Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- Atlas Mining Company (BULLETIN BOARD: ALMI) , have announced that the company has sold 500 tons of halloysite clay to NaturalNano Inc. and has agreed to collaborate in the development and implementation of a proprietary separation process. Atlas and its partner NanoDynamics will work closely with NaturalNano.

Atlas Mining was awarded the supply contract by NaturalNano Inc., a technology firm that develops new processing techniques and commercial applications of natural nanoscale materials...read the wave

 

 
Nano Event : Ireland

IRISH NANOTECHNOLOGY FORUM

 

The first meeting of the Nanotechnology Forum will take place in Enterprise Ireland, Glasnevin on April 5th. The purpose of the Forum meetings is to bring all nanotech stakeholders together to implement and build on the Strategy for Nanotechnology put forward by ICSTI last year. It is anticipated that these meetings will take place every 6 months. The meeting is open to all with an interest in nanotechnology. An agenda will be available shortly...read the wave

 

 
Nano News : Australia

Starpharma hitches ride on Dow deal

 

Melbourne pharmaceutical developer Starpharma Holdings is on the verge of signing a strategic deal with Dow Chemical Company that would shore up its intellectual property position and give it access to an estimated 200 patents in the competitive field of nanotechnology.

The deal, which could be finalised by the end of next week, is expected to involve the transfer of Dow's extensive intellectual property portfolio into Starpharma's subsidiary Dendritic Nanotechnologies (DNT). In return, Dow will receive a 31 per cent equity stake in DNT.

Sources have told...read the wave

 

 
Nano News : Israel

Israeli ‘Nano-Lightbulbs’ Could Help Detect Drug’s Efficiency

 

After more than three years of research, Professor Raz Jelinek is unveiling what he has dubbed “nano-lighbulbs” - polymer patches placed on the walls of living cells that change color and light up as a result of events occurring on the cell surface. Jelinek believes this breakthrough will contribute significantly to our understanding of how cells work, and determine which drugs are successfully penetrating cells and which are merely sitting on the cell’s surface.

Jelinek has been exploring the cell membrane. Understanding the membrane of the cell is considered crucial in order to...read the wave

 

 
just an odd bit of news...

Kitty Glitter: Demand for Hypoallergenic Cat Values
ALLERCA(TM) Kittens at Ten Times Their Weight in Gold

 

LOS ANGELES,-- ALLERCA(TM) Inc. have announced a price increase on its first lifestyle pet, the ALLERCA(TM) hypoallergenic cat. The price increases from $3,500 to $5,000 per kitten for U.S. clients and $8,500 for international clients.

The increase is driven by the tremendous worldwide interest in the ALLERCA(TM) cat. Even at a planned breeding capacity of 200,000 kittens annually by 2010, ALLERCA(TM) may be unable to meet worldwide demand...read the wave

 

 
Nano Environment : USA

Nanotechnology Used to Study Environment

 

Nanotechnology, normally used for work with the crystal structures of silicone chips and pure oxides, is being used for something a little more dirty at the Lawrence Berkeley Lab, like learning how to clean up environmental contaminants like nuclear waste.

Researchers Glenn Waychunas and Carl Steefel are using techniques that allow them to study the environment at the nanoscale as part of the new Center for Environmental Kinetics Analysis (CEKA) program, based at Pennsylvania State University.

The goal of the program is to...read the wave

 

 
Nano Products : USA

Cleaning up cars at atomic level

 

When Stanford University scientist KJ Cho developed a method to study the qualities of materials at the level of about 30,000 atoms, he had no idea it could help clean up the environment.

Semiconductor companies such as Texas Instruments and Intel used his modeling software to select materials that would let them build chips smaller and smaller. Specifically, Cho's method was crucial to letting those companies select the right ``high-K dielectric'' material needed to insulate the semiconductor's data from its power lines, helping keep electrons from going where they shouldn't.

But that niche wasn't big enough to build a business out of, so Cho searched for a better way to put his method to use...read the wave

 

 
Nano Biz : USA + Hungary

ObjectSoft Corp. to Acquire Nanotechnology Assets of Terra Solar Development Corp

 

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ObjectSoft Corp. (OTC: OSFT - News) have announced that it has agreed to acquire all of the nanotechnology assets of Terra Solar Development Corp. (TSDC to be renamed RES Inc.) and also Accusealed of Hungary. After the closing of the acquisition, expected to take place in February 2005, ObjectSoft will ask shareholders to approve a change in the Company's name to Nanergy Corp.

The principal nanotechnology assets being acquired include...read the wave

 

19 -01- 2005
Nano Batteries : USA

Nanosys and Sharp to Collaborate on Nanotechnology-Enabled Fuel Cells

 

PALO ALTO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- Nanosys, Inc. have announced it entered into a collaborative agreement with Sharp Corporation of Osaka, Japan, to develop nanotechnology-enabled fuel cells incorporating Nanosys' proprietary nanostructure technology. Under the terms of the agreement, Nanosys will collaborate with Sharp to utilize its nanostructure technology to help develop high performance fuel cells for use in portable consumer electronics such as laptop computers, cell phones and cameras. Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed.

"Sharp's expertise and success in the development and commercialization of portable electronics and renewable energy products makes them an excellent collaborator for Nanosys," said Calvin Chow...read the wave

 

 
Future Technology : Global

Deloitte Identifies Top Trends in Technology for 2005

Nanotechnology, Electronic IDs and Malicious Behavior among Key Trend

 

Nanotechnology becomes mainstream
Nanotechnology -- one of the most talked about, yet least-understood
technologies of the 21st century -- will become increasingly mainstream in 2005. Nanotechnology is already quietly revolutionizing a wide range of products -- from computer hard drives and sunblock cream to car tires -- and will soon become a cornerstone of every manufacturing industry. Advances will increasingly be

...read the wave

 

 
Nano Products : USA

Optimizing Materials for Nanosize Products

 

Newswise — A Central Michigan University faculty member’s study may trigger new ways to build nanosize devices for use in medicine and industry.

If he can maximize the voltage properties of a common mineral, Marco Fornari, an assistant professor in CMU’s physics department, said the materials could be used to build extremely small and robust solid-state devices, such as nanosize microphones, speakers and electrical motors.

He received a $24,218 Cottrell College Science Award for his exploration of ways to optimize the piezoelectric (electric voltage) properties of materials using a common mineral structure called perovskite. His study is titled “Interacting Pseudo Jahn-Teller Effects: Application to Perovskite Alloys."...read the wave

 

 
Nano News : Switzerland + Germany

NanoWorld Holding AG acquires NanoAndMore GmbH

 

As of January 1st 2005 NanoWorld Holding AG acquired 100% of the German based NanoAndMore GmbH.

This is a first step to extend the NanoWorld Group's radius of action along the value added chain.

With this acquisition the NanoWorld Group gains access to the greatest end-customer base for Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) related supplies in Europe and benefits even more from the probes supermarket concept that was created and most successfully implemented by NanoAndMore GmbH founder and CEO Peer Burshille...read the wave

 

 
Smart Dust News : UK

Smart dust will be cars' Little Brother

 

Microscopic vehicle-tracking devices pioneered in the North could soon consign the motorist's tax disc to history.

Newcastle University is developing a pinhead-size device dubbed "smart dust" which could be implanted in every lamppost or white lines on the roads.

With a similar device in cars it would be possible to keep constant tabs on vehicles.

The Government is looking to replace the current tax disc system and the new device would allow drivers to be charged according to how much they use their vehicles and how much they travel at busy times and on congested roads.

Full-scale trials begin this month in Newcastle and will last until June...read the wave

 

 
Nano Products : USA

A flurry of developments in nanocomposite materials

 

Nanocomposite research continues to advance, as evidenced by several recent announcements. The first involves new technology for spinning multiwalled carbon nanotubes into yarns. Electrically and thermally conductive and extremely flexible, these yarns could be used for structural composites as well as "smart" textiles for clothing or ballistic armor, says a work group composed of Dr. Ken Atlinson (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization of Australia) and researchers at The University of Texas at Dallas, NanoTech Institute (UT Dallas, Austin, Texas). The research has been funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) among other agencies. According to a published report...read the wave

 

 
Nano Event : USA

Lucent Technologies' Bell Labs to Host Nanotechnology Standards Panel

 

MURRAY HILL, N.J., PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- In support of the U.S. government's effort to encourage growth of the nascent nanotechnology industry, Lucent Technologies' (NYSE:LU) Bell Labs will host the second meeting of the American National Standards Institute's Nanotechnology Standards Panel (ANSI-NSP) Steering Committee on Jan. 19. The meeting will be held at Lucent's Murray Hill, N.J., headquarters, which also is home to the New Jersey Nanotechnology Consortium (NJNC), a subsidiary of Lucent Technologies.

The ANSI-Nanotechnology Standards Panel strives to address standardization in a collaborative forum that supports academia, industry, investors and government agencies that utilize nanotechnology...read the wave

 

 
Nano Funding : USA

Rice student wins award for revolutionary
MRI research

Fullerene-based contrast agents could allow first single-cell imaging

 

HOUSTON, Jan. 18, 2005 -- The Nanotechnology Foundation of Texas has selected Rice University doctoral student Balaji Sitharaman as one of two winners of the 2004 George Kozmetsky Award for Outstanding Graduate Research in Nanotechnology for his efforts to create a revolutionary new class of contrast agents that could, for the first time, allow magnetic resonance imaging of individual cells.

"Balu is one of the best graduate students I have worked with in my 30 years at Rice," said Lon Wilson, professor of chemistry and Sitharaman's Ph.D. advisor. "He's already produced six peer-reviewed manuscripts that have been published or accepted by first-rank journals, and it's likely that he'll double that by the time he graduates."
.
..read the wave

 

Nano Electronics : USA

Nanoscale electron island could lead to new efficient flat-panel displays

 

Electrical and Computer Engineering Associate Professor Robert Blick and colleagues in Germany have demonstrated a new nanoscale mechanism for field emission that could lead to a new type of energy efficient flat-panel display. The team's article in Physical Review Letters describes how a nanoscale gold-tipped island is able to mechanically oscillate between two facing electrodes, which provide recharging and detection of the emission current. Additionally, unlike many nanoscale experiments in field emission, the device does not need to be cryogenically cooled.

Field emission, also called Fowler-Nordheim tunneling, is the process in which.
..read the wave

 

 
Nano Research : USA

Researchers Construct Tiny, Floating ‘Eyeballs,’ ‘Billiard Balls’ on Microchip

 

North Carolina State University chemical engineers have discovered a way to construct new microscopic devices that can act like tiny factories for materials with potential for a wide variety of chemical and biological uses.

The NC State researchers, advised by Dr. Orlin Velev, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, include undergraduate student Jeffrey R. Millman and graduate students Ketan H. Bhatt and Brian G. Prevo. They created different types of tiny particles that could eventually be used in everything from drug delivery to determinations of the presence or concentration of biological molecules...read the wave

 

 
 
Nano Defence / Future Technology : USA

Uncovering Secrets of Abalone Body Armor

 

Newswise — Engineering researchers at the University of California, San Diego are using the shell of a seaweed-eating snail as a guide in the development of a new generation of bullet-stopping armor. The colorful oval shell of the red abalone is highly prized as a source of nacre, or mother-of-pearl, jewelry, but the UCSD researchers are most impressed by the shell’s ability to absorb heavy blows without breaking..
.read the wave

 

 
Nano Funding : USA

Evident Technologies awarded NSF grant to develop advanced quantum-dot based anti-counterfeiting materials

 

NSF grant allows Evident to develop advanced quantum-dot based anti-counterfeiting materials. Evident Technologies announced that it has received a Phase 1 SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) grant to develop advanced anti-counterfeiting materials based on its proprietary quantum dot technology. The award is under National Science Foundation (NSF) SBIR 0441676.

Work under the project, which is scheduled for completion in July 2005, will combine Evident's recent advances in quantum dots and micro-resonant structures to create unique spectral barcode tags for high security applications. Quantum dots are novel semiconductors with unique optical emission characteristics. Micro-resonant structures are...read the wave

 

 
Nano Products : USA

Radiation Shield Technologies, Creators of Demron(R), Patented Nuclear Radiation Blocking Fabric, Has Been Granted Additional Patent Protection

 

MIAMI, PRNewswire/ -- Radiation Shield Technologies (RST)(R) have announced the acquisition of two additional United States Patents, #6,841,791 and #6,828,578. In September 2002, RST(R) introduced Demron(R).

Since that time, Demron(R) has been incorporated into a number of garments such as full-body nuclear, biological, and chemical (NBC) suits, tactical anti-nuclear vests, high-energy nuclear suppression blankets, and most recently, medical x-ray vests and aprons.

Demron(R) is revolutionary material because it is lead-free, toxin-free, and PVC-free nuclear...read the wave

 

 
Nano News : Thailand

ORGANIC ELECTRONIC RESEARCHOLECTRONICS

 

Kanchanaburi _ Consumers may soon have to learn a new word _ ``olectronics'' _ when buying electronic products now a scientific breakthrough has added new features to lamps and cell phones.

The first letter ``o'' in the word is borrowed from ``organic'' _ materials such as plastic, previously believed to act only as an insulator.

But three 2000 Noble laureates in chemistry changed that, discovering a way to make organic materials act like metal.

It then led to some astonishing research in nanotechnology, which promises to provide environmentally-friendly olectronic products...read the wave

 

 
Nano News : In French

Optique : l'avenir prometteur des nanotubes

 

Des scientifiques abordent les qualités optiques des nanotubes grâce à une nouvelle génération construite avec des atomes alternés de bore et d'azote.

Une équipe de chercheurs français vient de montrer que les nanotubes ont un comportement optique. Cette première qui paraîtra prochainement dans la revue « Physical Review Letter » montre donc une nouvelle propriété des nanotubes, ces filaments de matière révolutionnaires d'un nanomètre de diamètre qui ne cessent d'émerveiller les scientifiques. Les chercheurs du CNRS et de l'Onera (Office national d'études et de recherches aérospatiales) ont confirmé ce qu'ils pressentaient depuis deux-trois ans : certains nanotubes offrent une bande optique...read the wave

 

 
Future Technology : USA

SHRINKING MICROMACHINES

A new generation of tools will make molecule-size machines a reality.

 

Some of the best minds in science believe that in the not-too-distant future, a friendly fog will settle over the planet. Unlike its traffic-snarling, airport-closing twin, this "utility fog" will be downright helpful. It will put roofs over homeless heads, clothes on bare backs and food in empty stomachs. It will have the power to transform the most desolate village into a Garden of Eden, with widescreen TVs and cappuccino
The brainchild of J. Storrs Hall, a Rutgers University computer scientist, utility fog embodies one of the more dramatic promises of molecular nanotechnology, the next step in downsizing the machine age. Like its natural counterpart, utility fog would be...read the wave

 

 
Nano News : USA

'Living' robots powered by muscle

 

Tiny robots powered by living muscle have been created by scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles.
The devices were formed by "growing" rat cells on microscopic silicon chips, the researchers report in the journal Nature Materials.

Less than a millimetre long, the miniscule robots can move themselves without any external source of power.

The work is a dramatic example of the marriage of biotechnology with the tiny world of nanotechnology...read the wave

 

 
Nano News : India

Anti-gravity and Nano-technology research in India provide medical breakthroughs

 

India is advancing very rapidly in applications of Nano-technologies and anti-gravity techniques with some solid breakthroughs in Healthcare fields.

Most of the research is still classified but indications coming out from sources close to the researchers are surprising.

Anti-gravity devices are nothing new. Most of the developed world has implemented the same in some form to reduce or eliminate the effect of gravity and hence create a weightless environment. Using the same technology for genetic assembly, curing heart disease especially noninvasive methods of cleaning the artery, alternative to bypass surgery is new.

Nano-technology is also advanced in...read the wave

 

 
Nano Electronics : USA

Floating Films on Liquid Mercury

 

UPTON, NY - Scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory, Bar-Ilan University, and Harvard University have grown ultrathin films of organic chain molecules on the surface of liquid mercury and discovered that the molecules form ordered structures. Similar to sixty years ago when fundamental studies of silicon paved the way to the semiconductor-electronics age, these results help to build a foundation for the development of tiny circuits built using organic molecules — called molecular electronics — a field believed to be the future of many electronic applications.

The scientists are participating in an...read the wave

 

 
Future Technology : USA

Thinking small:
Texas A&M team creates lab-on-a-chip

 

COLLEGE STATION- Imagine an entire chemistry laboratory reduced to the size of a postage stamp. It could happen.

While others may think big, Texas A&M University physicists Don Naugle and co-worker Igor Lyuksyutov are thinking small - as in micro small. They have successfully managed to levitate micron-sized fluids using magnets, which could lead to new advances in medicine, chemistry, chemical engineering and other related fields.

By using small magnets on a postage-stamp sized chip, Naugle and Lyuksyutov have managed to move and merge tiny levitating droplets and crystals and to control the orientation of the levitating crystals...read the wave

 

 
Nano Event : Turkey

Nanotechnologies and volatile organic compounds

 

An international symposium on 'Application of nanotechnologies for separation and recovery of volatile organic compounds from waste air streams' (ANVOC) will be held in Istanbul, Turkey, from 30 May to 1 June 2005.

The objective of the symposium is to disseminate scientific understanding, performance and engineering applications of membrane-based technological solutions, and to address important pollution risk issues (for example the removal of volatile organic compounds (VOCs)) that endanger human health and the environment, via high quality research data and outputs...read the wave

 

 
Nano News : Thailand

Thai scientists successfully test organic light source

 

BANGKOK, Jan 15 (TNA) - Thai scientists have successfully produced an organic light in their laboratory which could replace conventional lighting.

A group of Thai scientists from renowned Mahidol University has successfully produced the organic light.

The organic light could replace electronic lighting in various ways in the future, the university's Asst. Prof Therakiart Kerdchareon told TNA.

Organic materials that give off light, dubbed “illuminated polymer” come from research in nano technology...read the wave

 

 
Nano Environment : USA

OHSU-LED STUDY FINDS ADVANTAGES TO IRON NANOPARTICLES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANUP

 

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University’s OGI School of Science & Engineering, in collaboration with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNL) and the University of Minnesota, have discovered that at least one type of nano-sized iron may be useful in cleaning up carbon tetrachloride contamination in groundwater. The new discovery was published online (http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/es049190u) Dec. 16, 2004, in Environmental Science & Technology, the leading environmental journal of the American Chemical Society. The study will be published in the print version of Environmental Science & Technology, March 1, 2004, in a special section on nanotechnology.

“The use of nano-sized particles of iron for cleaning up contaminants in groundwater, soil and sediments is one of the hottest new technologies to emerge in recent years,” said Paul Tratnyek, Ph.D., an environmental chemist and professor of environmental and biomolecular systems at...read the wave

 

 
Nano Research : USA

New Nanostructured Materials Featured in Nature Materials

 

 

TROY, N.Y. — Research on a new class of nanostructured materials used to reduce vibrations in mechanical equipment and electronic devices, being developed by a team of scientists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, will be featured in Nature Materials.

“The nanoscale building blocks we have developed have both micro and macro applications,” said Nikhil Koratkar, assistant professor of mechanical, aerospace, and nuclear engineering at Rensselaer. “The new systems reduce and control vibrations within structures and will benefit the performance, safety, and reliability of future manufacturing equipment, sensitive laboratory equipment, and everyday electronic devices.”...read the wave

 
Future Technology : USA

Development of portable infectious disease detector

 

A portable device similar to today's home pregnancy tests that can quickly detect the presence of infectious diseases, including HIV-AIDS and measles, as well as biological agents such as ricin and anthrax, is the object of a new joint university/industry research project.

Vanderbilt University's Institute for Integrative Biosystems Research and Education (VIIBRE) and Pria Diagnostics LLC, a privately held California company that specializes in miniaturized medical diagnostics, agreed to collaborate on the development before the holidays.

VIIBRE has spent the last three years developing the ability to...read the wave

 

 
Nano News : The Netherlands

Rapport over gevolgen nanotechnologie

 

Eind december 2004 heeft de minister van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap, Maria van der Hoeven, het KNAW-rapport over nanotechnologie Hoe groot kan klein zijn? aan de Tweede Kamer aangeboden. Volgens de minister onderstreept het rapport de betekenis van nanowetenschap en nanotechnologie voor economie en samenleving. Anderzijds wijst het op de risico's van nanodeeltjes voor gezondheid en milieu. Beide aspecten zullen volgens de minister de komende tijd het beleid bepalen.

De werkgroep gevolgen nanotechnologie van de KNAW, onder voorzitterschap van prof. dr. J.H. Koeman, heeft op verzoek van de minister in het rapport antwoord gegeven op vragen als: wat is nanowetenschap en nanotechnologie, wat zijn mogelijke (nadelige) gevolgen en welke maatschappelijke en ethische consequenties vloeien daaruit voort?...read the wave

 

18 -01- 2005
Nano Electronics : USA

Nanoscale electron island could lead to new efficient flat-panel displays

 

Electrical and Computer Engineering Associate Professor Robert Blick and colleagues in Germany have demonstrated a new nanoscale mechanism for field emission that could lead to a new type of energy efficient flat-panel display. The team's article in Physical Review Letters describes how a nanoscale gold-tipped island is able to mechanically oscillate between two facing electrodes, which provide recharging and detection of the emission current. Additionally, unlike many nanoscale experiments in field emission, the device does not need to be cryogenically cooled.

Field emission, also called Fowler-Nordheim tunneling, is the process in which.
..read the wave

 

 
Nano Research : USA

Researchers Construct Tiny, Floating ‘Eyeballs,’ ‘Billiard Balls’ on Microchip

 

North Carolina State University chemical engineers have discovered a way to construct new microscopic devices that can act like tiny factories for materials with potential for a wide variety of chemical and biological uses.

The NC State researchers, advised by Dr. Orlin Velev, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, include undergraduate student Jeffrey R. Millman and graduate students Ketan H. Bhatt and Brian G. Prevo. They created different types of tiny particles that could eventually be used in everything from drug delivery to determinations of the presence or concentration of biological molecules...read the wave

 

 
 
Nano Defence / Future Technology : USA

Uncovering Secrets of Abalone Body Armor

 

Newswise — Engineering researchers at the University of California, San Diego are using the shell of a seaweed-eating snail as a guide in the development of a new generation of bullet-stopping armor. The colorful oval shell of the red abalone is highly prized as a source of nacre, or mother-of-pearl, jewelry, but the UCSD researchers are most impressed by the shell’s ability to absorb heavy blows without breaking..
.read the wave

 

 
Nano Funding : USA

Evident Technologies awarded NSF grant to develop advanced quantum-dot based anti-counterfeiting materials

 

NSF grant allows Evident to develop advanced quantum-dot based anti-counterfeiting materials. Evident Technologies announced that it has received a Phase 1 SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) grant to develop advanced anti-counterfeiting materials based on its proprietary quantum dot technology. The award is under National Science Foundation (NSF) SBIR 0441676.

Work under the project, which is scheduled for completion in July 2005, will combine Evident's recent advances in quantum dots and micro-resonant structures to create unique spectral barcode tags for high security applications. Quantum dots are novel semiconductors with unique optical emission characteristics. Micro-resonant structures are...read the wave

 

 
Nano Products : USA

Radiation Shield Technologies, Creators of Demron(R), Patented Nuclear Radiation Blocking Fabric, Has Been Granted Additional Patent Protection

 

MIAMI, PRNewswire/ -- Radiation Shield Technologies (RST)(R) have announced the acquisition of two additional United States Patents, #6,841,791 and #6,828,578. In September 2002, RST(R) introduced Demron(R).

Since that time, Demron(R) has been incorporated into a number of garments such as full-body nuclear, biological, and chemical (NBC) suits, tactical anti-nuclear vests, high-energy nuclear suppression blankets, and most recently, medical x-ray vests and aprons.

Demron(R) is revolutionary material because it is lead-free, toxin-free, and PVC-free nuclear...read the wave

 

 
Nano News : Thailand

ORGANIC ELECTRONIC RESEARCHOLECTRONICS

 

Kanchanaburi _ Consumers may soon have to learn a new word _ ``olectronics'' _ when buying electronic products now a scientific breakthrough has added new features to lamps and cell phones.

The first letter ``o'' in the word is borrowed from ``organic'' _ materials such as plastic, previously believed to act only as an insulator.

But three 2000 Noble laureates in chemistry changed that, discovering a way to make organic materials act like metal.

It then led to some astonishing research in nanotechnology, which promises to provide environmentally-friendly olectronic products...read the wave

 

 
Nano News : In French

Optique : l'avenir prometteur des nanotubes

 

Des scientifiques abordent les qualités optiques des nanotubes grâce à une nouvelle génération construite avec des atomes alternés de bore et d'azote.

Une équipe de chercheurs français vient de montrer que les nanotubes ont un comportement optique. Cette première qui paraîtra prochainement dans la revue « Physical Review Letter » montre donc une nouvelle propriété des nanotubes, ces filaments de matière révolutionnaires d'un nanomètre de diamètre qui ne cessent d'émerveiller les scientifiques. Les chercheurs du CNRS et de l'Onera (Office national d'études et de recherches aérospatiales) ont confirmé ce qu'ils pressentaient depuis deux-trois ans : certains nanotubes offrent une bande optique...read the wave

 

 
Future Technology : USA

SHRINKING MICROMACHINES

A new generation of tools will make molecule-size machines a reality.

 

Some of the best minds in science believe that in the not-too-distant future, a friendly fog will settle over the planet. Unlike its traffic-snarling, airport-closing twin, this "utility fog" will be downright helpful. It will put roofs over homeless heads, clothes on bare backs and food in empty stomachs. It will have the power to transform the most desolate village into a Garden of Eden, with widescreen TVs and cappuccino
The brainchild of J. Storrs Hall, a Rutgers University computer scientist, utility fog embodies one of the more dramatic promises of molecular nanotechnology, the next step in downsizing the machine age. Like its natural counterpart, utility fog would be...read the wave

 

 
Nano News : USA

'Living' robots powered by muscle

 

Tiny robots powered by living muscle have been created by scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles.
The devices were formed by "growing" rat cells on microscopic silicon chips, the researchers report in the journal Nature Materials.

Less than a millimetre long, the miniscule robots can move themselves without any external source of power.

The work is a dramatic example of the marriage of biotechnology with the tiny world of nanotechnology...read the wave

 

 
Nano News : India

Anti-gravity and Nano-technology research in India provide medical breakthroughs

 

India is advancing very rapidly in applications of Nano-technologies and anti-gravity techniques with some solid breakthroughs in Healthcare fields.

Most of the research is still classified but indications coming out from sources close to the researchers are surprising.

Anti-gravity devices are nothing new. Most of the developed world has implemented the same in some form to reduce or eliminate the effect of gravity and hence create a weightless environment. Using the same technology for genetic assembly, curing heart disease especially noninvasive methods of cleaning the artery, alternative to bypass surgery is new.

Nano-technology is also advanced in...read the wave

 

14-01- 2005
Happy Birthday to Luus Pastoor !
Nano Environment : USA

OHSU-LED STUDY FINDS ADVANTAGES TO IRON NANOPARTICLES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANUP

 

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University’s OGI School of Science & Engineering, in collaboration with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNL) and the University of Minnesota, have discovered that at least one type of nano-sized iron may be useful in cleaning up carbon tetrachloride contamination in groundwater. The new discovery was published online (http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/es049190u) Dec. 16, 2004, in Environmental Science & Technology, the leading environmental journal of the American Chemical Society. The study will be published in the print version of Environmental Science & Technology, March 1, 2004, in a special section on nanotechnology.

“The use of nano-sized particles of iron for cleaning up contaminants in groundwater, soil and sediments is one of the hottest new technologies to emerge in recent years,” said Paul Tratnyek, Ph.D., an environmental chemist and professor of environmental and biomolecular systems at...read the wave

 

 
Nano News : USA

Micro to Nano: Liquid Handling Gets Small

 

It is no secret to those in drug discovery and development that bottlenecks in liquid handling can cost pharma and biotech companies time and money. The industry has looked to automated liquid handling as a solution to this problem and benchtop automated systems and sample dispensing systems have become much more common. Over the last two to three years, however, automated instrumentation capable of handling plates with 96, 384, or 1,536 wells and potentially even higher densities have entered labs. And, as the rate of throughput has increased, other tools like nanoliter dispensing have emerged that make it possible to greatly decrease the amount of reagents needed for assays.
..read the wave

 

 
| This weeks Guest Writer | Chris Phoenix |
Today, biology implements by far the most advanced nanomachines on the
planet. It is tempting to think that biology must be efficient, and that we can't hope to design nanomachines with higher performance. But we already know some techniques that biology has never been able to try. This essay discusses several of them and explains why biology could not
use them, but manufactured nanomachines will be able to...


...read the wave

| Advantages of Engineered Nanosystems |
 
Nano Biz : USA

Corporate Nanotechnology Investments
Are at Risk of Being Wasted

 

NEW YORK,/PRNewswire/ -- Global corporations are investing heavily in nanotechnology development -- increasing their commitment in money, people and partnerships. But most fail to tie these activities to an explicit strategy or coordinate their efforts across the company -- leaving their investments at risk of being wasted, according to a new report from Lux Research entitled "The CEO's Nanotechnology Playbook."

"Companies that pursue uncoordinated nanotech efforts may be caught blindsided by better-organized competitors and fleet-footed startups," said Lux Research Vice President of Research Matthew Nordan. "Toshiba could see its
...read the wave

 

 

| Seeing a single hydrogen atom | by Sukekatsu USHIODA |

 

 


...read the wave

Prof. Ushioda says, "It may be hard to imagine putting labels on individual nano-structures." But he has realized such labeling with STM light emission spectroscopy. "You can see atoms of nano-structure surfaces with a conventional scanning tunneling microscope. But you see only the exterior shapes of these atoms. With STM light emission spectroscopy, you can understand the characteristics of each atom."

In STM light emission spectroscopy, it is necessary first to check the...

| article courtesy of Japan Nanonet Bulletin |
 
 
Nano Electronics : USA + Belgium

Applied Materials and IMEC Collaborate to Develop 45nm Transistor Technologies

 

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Applied Materials, Inc. (Nasdaq:AMAT - News) and IMEC*, Europe's leading independent nanoelectronics and nanotechnology research center, are working together to develop 45nm-generation transistor-level semiconductor processing technologies. Since this collaboration is targeted for critical ultra-shallow junction, gate stack and strain engineering programs, Applied Materials will provide IMEC with the industry's most advanced transistor fabrication technologies, the Applied Quantum® X Implant, the Applied Vantage Radiance(TM) Plus RTP, the Applied Centura® Gate Stack and the Applied Producer® CVD systems...read the wave

 

 
Nano News : USA

New shoes may let people walk on walls

 

SAN JOSE, Calif. — 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, Calif. 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...read the wave

 

13-01- 2005
Nano Research : USA

New Nanostructured Materials Featured in Nature Materials

 

 

TROY, N.Y. — Research on a new class of nanostructured materials used to reduce vibrations in mechanical equipment and electronic devices, being developed by a team of scientists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, will be featured in Nature Materials.

“The nanoscale building blocks we have developed have both micro and macro applications,” said Nikhil Koratkar, assistant professor of mechanical, aerospace, and nuclear engineering at Rensselaer. “The new systems reduce and control vibrations within structures and will benefit the performance, safety, and reliability of future manufacturing equipment, sensitive laboratory equipment, and everyday electronic devices.”...read the wave

 
Nano Research : USA

Evident Technologies Awarded NSF Grant to Develop Advanced Quantum-Dot Based Anti-Counterfeiting Materials

 

TROY, N.Y.PRNewswire/ -- Evident Technologies announced that it has received a Phase 1 SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) grant to develop advanced anti-counterfeiting materials based on its proprietary quantum dot technology. The award is under National Science Foundation (NSF) SBIR 0441676

Work under the project, which is scheduled for completion in July 2005, will combine Evident's recent advances in quantum dots and micro-resonant structures to create unique spectral barcode tags for high security applications. Quantum dots are novel semiconductors with unique...read the wave

 

 
Tsunami Update

Graphic online video simulation shows in just one minute how massive Indian Ocean tsunami devastated coastlines

 

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Cornell University researchers have created a video simulation of the deadly Dec. 26 Indian Ocean tsunami that shows in graphic detail how the massive wave system spread outward from the epicenter of an undersea earthquake northwest of Sumatra, Indonesia.

The simulation makes it clear how the tsunami struck the coastlines of Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka and India with such devastating force, then continued as far as East Africa. click here

 

 
Nano Biz : Germany +USA

MIDAS Research Initiates Coverage of Arrowhead Research Corp.

 

MANNHEIM, Germany, January 12 /PRNewswire/ -- MIDAS Research has published a research report on the nanotechnology company Arrowhead Research Corp. (Nasdaq: ARWR / Berlin Exchange: HDP) with a 12 month target of USD 6.00 and a speculative buy recommendation. A copy of the report is available in both German and English at www.midasresearch.de .

Arrowhead Research is developing products and intellectual property in a number of nanotech fields including novel drug delivery systems, semiconductor materials and tools for atomic force microscopy.

As judged by the breadth and diversity of...read the wave

 

 
Nano Biz : USA + EU

Chasing Tomorrow's Technology

Converging technologies create a challenging landscape for attorneys, whether in active practice, transnational judicial and legal training, or foreign and international courts.

The growing global approach to legal and judicial reform -- as well as the rule of law in areas such as intellectual property, torts, litigation, alternative dispute resolution, informed consent, compliance and governance, jurisdiction, employment, environment and health, privacy, regulatory policies, ethics, practice and procedure -- are impacting the evolutionary status of the convergence of technologies...read the wave

 

 
Nano Products ? : USA

LifeWave’s New “Energy Enhancer Patch”

 

(PRWEB) -- The Energy Enhancer Patch communicates with your body’s own electro-magnetic field. The patches contain no medicines, herbs, magnets, or batteries. They signal the body to produce energy from fat cells. This is approximately 2.5 times the energy than is produced by carbohydrates. The patches, used in the Olympic Trials and the Olympics, generated much curiosity. Several of Stanford University’s Olympic Swim Team were tested for substances in the body, and in the patches, during the Olympic Trials. The United States Anti-Doping Agency found no “positive” results, further proving that nothing goes into the body. In addition, nothing in the patches was on the prohibited list. Tests at four major universities prove that new nanotechnology science can give you...read the wave

 

 
Nano News : In German

Ist Nanotechnologie schon reif für die Börse?

 

Kommerzialisierung erfolgt vor allem über «Trade-Sales»

Bis sich die Nanotechnologie zu einem Investment für breite Anlegerkreise mausert, dürfte nach Ansicht des Autors noch viel Zeit vergehen. Derzeit eigne sich die erhoffte Schlüsseltechnologie des 21. Jahrhunderts vor allem für Risiko-Investoren. Der Ausstieg dürfte für die Venture-Capital-Anleger weniger über klassische Börsengänge als vielmehr durch sogenannte Trade-Sales erfolgen...read the wave

 

 
Nano Biz : Ireland

Elan's Proprietary NanoCrystal-R- Technology is Used by Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development

 

DUBLIN, Ireland--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 12, 2005--Elan Corporation, plc today announced that its proprietary NanoCrystal® technology is being used by Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development (J&J PRD) in a Phase III clinical trial of a long acting injectable formulation of its paliperidone palmitate in patients with Schizophrenia. NanoCrystal technology can improve the bioavailability of drugs by transforming them into nanometer-sized particles that can be used to create more effective and convenient dosage forms such as tablets, capsules, liquids, and powders.

"For more than 30 years, Elan has been working to meet the challenges of
...read the wave

 

 
Nano Biz : USA

Zyvex Confirms Two More Certified Nanotube Suppliers

Thomas Swan & Co. Ltd. (UK) and Pyrograf Products (Ohio) Meet Program Requirements

 

RICHARDSON, Texas, /PRNewswire/ -- Zyvex have announced that Thomas Swan & Co. Ltd., and Pyrograf Products, Inc. have successfully met the requirements of the Zyvex Supply Chain Certification program for single-wall carbon nanotubes and carbon nanotube fibers (respectively). Zyvex's comprehensive program verifies quality and consistency using market-accepted analytical tests.

Thomas Swan is one of the UK's leading performance chemical manufacturers. Their single wall carbon nanotubes (SWNTs), marketed under the Elicarb® trademark, can now be incorporated into Zyvex's NanoSolve(TM) additives and concentrates for polymer composite applications.

Pyrograf Products, Inc. (PPI), is one of the world's leading...read the wave

 

12-01- 2005
Future Technology : USA

Development of portable infectious disease detector

 

A portable device similar to today's home pregnancy tests that can quickly detect the presence of infectious diseases, including HIV-AIDS and measles, as well as biological agents such as ricin and anthrax, is the object of a new joint university/industry research project.

Vanderbilt University's Institute for Integrative Biosystems Research and Education (VIIBRE) and Pria Diagnostics LLC, a privately held California company that specializes in miniaturized medical diagnostics, agreed to collaborate on the development before the holidays.

VIIBRE has spent the last three years developing the ability to...read the wave

 

 
Nano Research : Australia

Gold is rewriting the script

 

Pen strokes of the rich and famous and remote-controlled drug delivery systems of the future have been given the golden treatment in a new technology being developed at the University of Melbourne.

The same technology, which involves miniscule gold particles only nanometres in size, has been used to create gold ink and to develop intelligent delivery systems that may have potential as drug carriers.

The research is being conducted by Federation Fellow Professor Frank Caruso, from the Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and his research team in collaboration with Dr Trevor Smith from the School of Chemistry...read the wave

 

 
| This weeks Guest Writer | Chris Phoenix |
Today, biology implements by far the most advanced nanomachines on the
planet. It is tempting to think that biology must be efficient, and that we can't hope to design nanomachines with higher performance. But we already know some techniques that biology has never been able to try. This essay discusses several of them and explains why biology could not
use them, but manufactured nanomachines will be able to...


...read the wave

| Advantages of Engineered Nanosystems |
 
Tools of the Trade : USA

New lensless imaging technique opens door to nanoscale world

 

Researchers at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory (SSRL) and the German laboratory Berliner Elektronenspeicherring-Gesellschaft für Synchrotronstrahlung (BESSY) have crafted a technique to take X-ray images that reveal tiny variations and lightning-quick changes in materials a thousand times smaller than the thickness of a strand of hair.

Their work merited the cover of the Dec. 16 issue of Nature. The technique--lensless X-ray holography--will be valuable for researchers working with the world's first X-ray free electron laser, the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS), slated to begin experiments in 2009 at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC)...read the wave

 

 

| Seeing a single hydrogen atom | by Sukekatsu USHIODA |

 

 


...read the wave

Prof. Ushioda says, "It may be hard to imagine putting labels on individual nano-structures." But he has realized such labeling with STM light emission spectroscopy. "You can see atoms of nano-structure surfaces with a conventional scanning tunneling microscope. But you see only the exterior shapes of these atoms. With STM light emission spectroscopy, you can understand the characteristics of each atom."

In STM light emission spectroscopy, it is necessary first to check the...

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

'Nanoshells' enhance sensitivity to chemical detection by factor of 10 billion

 

New research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science finds that tailored nanoparticles known as nanoshells can enhance chemical sensing by as much as 10 billion times. That makes them about 10,000 times more effective at Raman scattering than traditional methods.

When molecules and materials scatter light, a small fraction of the light interacts in such a way that it allows scientists to determine their detailed chemical makeup. This property, known as Raman scattering, is used by medical researchers, drug designers, chemists and other scientists to determine what materials are made of. An enormous limitation in the use of Raman scattering has been its extremely...read the wave

 

 
Nano Products / Medicine : USA

Biophan to Demonstrate New Ceramic Motors for Medical Device

 

Biophan is showcasing innovative solutions based on its patent-pending direct linear drive motor constructed of advanced ceramic materials. The motor's unique, high-precision design involves only four parts--compared with hundreds for previously available products--that affords exceptionally high levels of dependability and performance. The SQUIGGLE motor offers a new positioning solution and can be easily scaled to fit a variety of sizes and advanced biomedical devices, including implantable drug delivery devices such as insulin pumps and implantable drug pumps, as well as precision dosage metering and microfluidic devices.

"The piezoelectric ceramic technology we have perfected allows the SQUIGGLE motor to be manufactured in a wide range of sizes and configurations, especially at very small sizes and low power...read the wave

 

 
Nano Research : UK

International nanobiotechnology project launch at the University of Kent

 

An international project in nanobiotechnology is being launched at the University of Kent 30-31 January 2005. The project’s primary objectives are the establishment and maintenance of a European centre of excellence in the area and it is funded for five-years in the first instance.

Novel and Improved Nanomaterials, Chemistries and Apparatus for Nano-Biotechnology (NACBO) is co-ordinated by the University of Kent and is funded with a total of 15.6m Euro, of which 8m Euro is granted from the European Union, 0.5m from China and 7.1m from European industry.

Nanotechnology is still being explored by researchers as a science and has been described as...read the wave

 

 
Nano Electronics : USA

"Nanoscale materials to enhance electronic device performance"

 

[World News]: Washington : A research under an Indian-American that developed a new set of nanoscale blocks which can reduce vibrations may enhance the energy dissipation capacity of mechanical and electronic devices.

"The nanoscale building blocks we have developed will reduce and control vibrations within structures and benefit the performance, safety, and reliability of future manufacturing equipments, sensitive laboratory equipments, and everyday electronic devices," Nikhil Koratkar, Asst Professor of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute said.

"The new system we have developed have both...read the wave

 

 
Nano Biz : USA

Imago Scientific Instruments appoints Terry Walker new Vice President of Manufacturing

 

Madison, WI – Imago® Scientific Instruments, a world leader in atomic-scale imaging and analytical solutions, have announced that Terry Walker has joined the company as Vice President of Manufacturing. Walker‘s appointment comes during a period of strong growth and represents another positive step in the evolution of the company.

Terry is an exciting addition to our organization, “said Timothy Stultz, President and CEO of Imago. Dr. Stultz added, “Terry impressed the Imago team with his outstanding achievements in supporting rapid growth, meeting production goals, and building quality products. . Mr. Walker’s reputation for...read the wave

 

 
Nano News : The Netherlands

Rapport over gevolgen nanotechnologie

 

Eind december 2004 heeft de minister van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap, Maria van der Hoeven, het KNAW-rapport over nanotechnologie Hoe groot kan klein zijn? aan de Tweede Kamer aangeboden. Volgens de minister onderstreept het rapport de betekenis van nanowetenschap en nanotechnologie voor economie en samenleving. Anderzijds wijst het op de risico's van nanodeeltjes voor gezondheid en milieu. Beide aspecten zullen volgens de minister de komende tijd het beleid bepalen.

De werkgroep gevolgen nanotechnologie van de KNAW, onder voorzitterschap van prof. dr. J.H. Koeman, heeft op verzoek van de minister in het rapport antwoord gegeven op vragen als: wat is nanowetenschap en nanotechnologie, wat zijn mogelijke (nadelige) gevolgen en welke maatschappelijke en ethische consequenties vloeien daaruit voort?...read the wave

 

11-01- 2005
Nano Research : USA

UAlbany-CNSE Scientists Make Magnetic Silicon, Advancing Spin Based Computing

CNSE spintronics lab research shows silicon can maintain a permanent magnetic field above room temperature, which could help to develop more effective magnetic semiconductors and future spintronic devices.

Silicon is best known as the material used to make semiconductor computer chips with integrated circuits. Today, scientists at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) at the University at Albany published research that could lay the foundation for using silicon to develop chips with magnetic properties, potentially impacting the development of electron-spin-based or "spintronic" devices.

Spintronics exploits the quantum mechanical property of...read the wave

 

 
Nano Products : USA

Home Owners Can Now Use Nanotechnology to Improve Indoor Air Quality

 

SALEM, NH -- (Market Wire ) -- The NanoBreeze® Room Air Purifier from NanoTwin Technologies, Inc. uses photocatalytic nanotechnology to clean and purify the air inside your home. EPA reports that a growing body of scientific evidence indicates that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air. People spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. The risks to personal health are greater due to air pollution indoors than outdoors. According to EPA, "Indoor air pollution is one risk that you can do something about."

The NanoBreeze Room Air Purifier is a lightweight home appliance that decomposes the harmful gases from fuel or tobacco smoke, airborne germs or allergens, odors from mildew or trash, and the fumes from plastics, finishes, perfumes and cleaners. The product oxidizes both volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) and bioaerosols...read the wave

 

 
Nano Plastics : Canada

Nanotechnologists' new plastic can see in the dark

 

Imagine a home with "smart" walls responsive to the environment in the room, a digital camera sensitive enough to work in the dark, or clothing with the capacity to turn the sun's power into electrical energy. Researchers at the University of Toronto have invented an infrared-sensitive material that could shortly turn these possibilities into realities.

In a paper to be published on the Nature Materials website Jan. 9, senior author Professor Ted Sargent, Nortel Networks – Canada Research Chair in Emerging Technologies at U of T's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and his team report on their achievement in tailoring matter to harvest the sun's invisible rays...read the wave

 

 
Nano Electronics : Global

SEMI and SIA Announce Nanoelectronics Market Study

 

SAN JOSE, Calif., PRNewswire/ -- SEMI and the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) have announce their agreement to jointly conduct a comprehensive study on nanotechnology applications in the electronics industry. The study will provide definition of the rapidly-emerging global nanoelectronic markets and offer a global perspective of requirements and opportunities for equipment and materials suppliers.

Global Nanoelectronics Markets and Opportunities will be available in the third quarter of 2005. The report will be based on interviews with industry executives in China, Europe, Japan, Korea, North America, Taiwan and Rest-of- World regions.

"Nanosciences are a new frontier of technologic pursuit. They have numerous potential market applications in the...read the wave

 

 
Quantum Computing : USA

Dalhousie University Chooses SGI Supercomputing and Storage Solutions for Global Atmospheric Pollution Research and Quantum Nano-Electronics Studies

 

SAN DIEGO, Booth 90, Jan. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Silicon Graphics (NYSE:SGI) today at the 85th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting announced that SGI(R) Altix(R) systems and SGI(R) InfiniteStorage solutions are assisting two cutting-edge assistant professors in two very diverse fields of research in the Physics and Atmospheric Science Department at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Both researchers are immersed in solving intense computational problems requiring the speed and expandability of SGI(R) high performance compute (HPC) power and storage, and both agree SGI Altix computers turned out to be the best choice for the large data sets they run.

Dr. Randall Martin is currently conducting global pollution studies -- including how pollutants react in the atmosphere and how pollution spreads across the globe -- as well as developing tools to...read the wave

 

 
Nano Funding : USA

ENTREPRENEURISM CENTER FUNDS NEW PROJECTS FROM ALL FIVE UCSD ENGINEERING DEPARTMENTS

 

San Diego, CA, J -- The William J. von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology Advancement at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) has awarded more than $300,000 to eight projects led by faculty members of the Jacobs School of Engineering. The technologies under development range from a non-invasive, handheld device to measure deep-lung gases that could save lives, and photodetectors for better digital cameras based on nanowire technology, to a new type of 'amorphous steel' that could be used in everything from tennis rackets and armored vehicles to biomedical implants
...read the wave

 

 
Nano Food : Global

Nanotechnology begins to make presence felt

 

The US nanomaterial market, which totalled only $125 million in 2000, is expected to reach $1.4 billion in 2008 and exceed $30 billion by 2020, according to Nanomaterials, a new study from the Freedonia Group.

The development of nanomaterials - substances with particle size between 1 and 100 nanometers in at least one dimension - is a key step in the eventual production of more sophisticated machines and products. One nanometer is the same as one millionth of a millimetre.

The report predicts that early growth will come from a wide variety of niche applications. These include obvious sectors such as semiconductor wafer polishing abrasives and data storage media for the electronics industry; but also beer and soft drink bottles with superior barrier properties for beverage manufacturers...read the wave

 

 
Nano Products : Thailand

COSMETICS: Nanotechnology with sacred lotus improves skin elasticity

 

Want to prevent wrinkles while retaining facial softness and elasticity? A new product that uses bio-active extraction incorporated with nanotechnology claims it will do just that.

Aiming to develop alternative cosmetics with bio-active ingredients extracted from plants and delivered by nanotechnology, International Laboratories Corp (ILC), with support from the National Innovation Agency (NIA), has joined with Perch to develop a new substance using sacred lotus which it says nourishes skin to make it younger-looking, remove wrinkles and give it a healthy look.

ILC is a fully integrated seller of cosmetic manufacturing and allied marketing services. It operates as a full OEM supplier, operating with detailed customer specifications for formulations, packaging and manufacturing.

Operating as a Thai-Japanese joint venture with...read the wave

 

 
Nano News : India

If Tomorrow comes

 

IT’S a small world after all. Definitely for scientist Murali Sastry (45) and his team of 16 20-something PhD students, hopelessly in love with all things small — like bacteria. They use bacteria and biology to make things in enigmatically smaller sizes.

Think of particles thinner than a strand of human hair. A space where three to four atoms fit end-to-end. Think nano.

Nanotechnology — the ability to make products of unimaginably small sizes with atomic precision — is ending up worldwide on labs-on-chips, car bumpers, longer-lasting tennis racquets, golf balls, sunscreens to burn dressings. It’s causing a scramble to pre-fix and book Nano names for companies...read the wave

 

 
Nano News ; Israel

Israeli 'nano-lightbulbs' could help detect drug's efficiency

 

Raz Jelinek has seen the light.

After more than three years of research, the professor is unveiling what he has dubbed 'nano-lighbulbs.' These polymer patches placed on the walls of living cells actually change color and light up as a result of events occurring on the cell surface.

The unique work is being detailed in a paper that will be published in an upcoming issue of Angewandte Chemie, one of the most prestigious chemistry journals in the world.

Jelinek believes that his breakthrough will...read the wave

 

Nano Event : The Netherlands

Verbeeldingswedstrijd NanoWorld2020

 

Ben je student of promovendus? Wil je 2020 euro winnen? Laat je dan inspireren door de (on)mogelijkheden van nanotechnologie en geef je kijk op de samenleving in het jaar 2020 in woord, beeld, geluid of multimediaal.(voor meer informatie: De wedstrijd).

Laat je fantasie gaan, maar wees ook realistisch en bedenk dat 2020 al over 15 jaar is.

De inzendingen worden beoordeeld door een professionele jury op grond van drie criteria: verbeelding van maatschappelijke gevolgen, technologische haalbaarheid en esthetische kwaliteit.

De sluitingsdatum voor deelname aan de wedstrijd is 21 maart 2005.
...read the wave

 

 
Nano News : Japan

Japan govt to set technology goals to improve competitiveness - report

TOKYO (AFX) - The government plans to set itself national goals in 10 critical technology fields to strengthen the country's global competitiveness, the Yomiuri Shimbun reported, citing government sources.
The government aims to become a leader in the areas, which include supercomputers and measurement and seabed research technologies, the report said.

Also included are biotechnology, nanotechnology and other advanced science and technology fields in which Japan, the United States and Europe are in fierce competition, the report added....read the wave

 

 
Nano Products : Global

Nanotechnology opens growth options in paper industry

 

Paper industry is a mature industry. Its survival is based upon innovating value-added products for the 21st century. Nanotechnology may be the light we have been waiting for. It can reduce production costs by increasing process efficiencies and product quality. In addition, it can also minimize excessive use of specialty chemicals and other raw materials including energy. For example, nanotechnology can be used in making nanofillers, coatings, glues and adhesives, and improve paper surface properties such as surface topography and surface functionality.

In particular, nanotechnology can help in...read the wave

 

 
Nano Medicine : USA

First Albumin-Bound Nanoparticle Paclitaxel for the Treatment of Metastatic Breast Cancer

 

HOUSTON, PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Thirty-eight US Oncology, Inc. affiliated medical centers nationwide continue to play a significant role in the clinical research of ABRAXANE that was approved today by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). ABRAXANE™ (paclitaxel protein-bound particles for injectable suspension), a next generation taxane, and the first in a new class of albumin-bound nanotechnology, was approved for the treatment of metastatic breast cancer. US Oncology conducted a phase 2 clinical trial of ABRAXANE in patients with metastatic breast cancer who were resistant to taxane drugs and continue to participate in the ongoing clinical development of the drug. Clinical trials of ABRAXANE have shown that the new drug is superior to solvent-based paclitaxel (commonly marketed as Taxol(R)) in response rate and time to tumor progression...read the wave

 

 
Nano Medicine : USA

“Nano-scissors” laser shows precise surgical capability

 

AUSTIN, Texas—An ultra-short pulse laser that can perform extremely precise surgery on tiny roundworms may be the key to understanding nerve regeneration and is an important step toward treatment of human neurological disease, according to research published in the Dec. 16 2004 issue of Nature.

Dr. Adela Ben-Yakar, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, led the development of the technique. It acts like a pair of tiny “nano-scissors,” able to cut, for example, nano-sized units like nerve axons, the parts of nerve cells that carry nerve impulses away from the cells to muscles or to other cells.

“This tool opens up a new frontier for biologists studying nerve regeneration,” says Ben-Yakar. “We can also apply it to many other studies that require nanosurgery, so it’s a very versatile tool.”...read the wave

 

 
Nano Products : Global

The science of skin care goes high tech

 

Procter & Gamble is about to sell ball bearings - but not the metal kind. Its minuscule mineral spheres are designed to help usher its Olay brand body lotions deep into the skin.
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Freeze 24/7, meanwhile, is pushing the muscle relaxant GABA, or gamma-amino butyric acid, a common ingredient in over-the-counter anti-anxiety supplements. It is not using GABA to relax minds, however. Instead, the goal is to relax the muscles that cause face wrinkles.
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"We knew that if we could find a way to use GABA topically, it would be a killer app," said Scott Gurfein, the year-old company's founder.
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The science of smoothing women's skin is going high tech. And cosmetics companies, whether they serve the hoi polloi or the elite, are adopting not just the language of Silicon Valley but many of its most sophisticated techniques.
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Not surprisingly, skin care companies are proceeding warily in the nanoscience world...read the wave

 

 
Nano News : Canada

Report on Business Television – Week Long Special on Nanotechnology January 10-14, 2005

 

The Canadian NanoBusiness Alliance is pleased to participate in the Report on Business Television special on nanotechnology.

Every day from January 10th to 14th, at 3:15 PM EST, host Pat Bolland will be conducting a 5-minute live interview with a feature guest on Nanotechnology. CNBA`s Neil Gordon will be interviewed on Thursday, January 13th.

Other scheduled guests include Josh Wolfe, Charles Harris, Wilbur Ross, Kristen Kulinowski, Scott Mize, and Meyya Meyyappan.


A list of stations for the live broadcast can be found at:
http://www.robtv.com/static/channel_lookup.tv

Archived interviews can be viewed for up to 2 weeks at:
http://www.robtv.com/shows/past_archive.tv

 

 
Nano Medicine :

Nanomedicine Reaches Down to Cellular Level

 

Dr. Alexander 'Sasha' Kabanov Works with molecules an 80,000th of the diameter of a human hair to treat cancer.After the Iron Curtain fell, Alexander "Sasha" Kabanov transplanted himself to a place where he could continue breaking down barriers.

Kabanov's target, however, is disease, not dogma.His tools -- forged by intellect, laboratory research and human clinical trials -- are devices 100,000 times smaller than the head of a pin that promise to detect disease without surgical invasion, then eradicate it by releasing lifesaving medicines precisely where needed.

"The research done here has amplified our understanding of nanomedicine," he said. "We are further down the road with having healthy people."Kabanov, a fourth-generation Russian scientist, is a...read the wave

 

 
Nano Research : EU

NANOSCIENCE, NANOTECHNOLOGY
State of play in the EU’s NMP priority

 

The results of the Commission’s poll of European attitudes towards all aspects of nanosciences and nanotechnology are out! Some surprises, but the ‘consultation’ – for the most part – confirmed what many close to the subject already believed. Europe needs to fire the engines to compete with the USA in this cutting-edge field, but human resources and infrastructure will need bolstering to achieve this, the survey reveals.

It’s a mouthful but NMP stands for ‘Nanotechnology and nanosciences, knowledge-based multifunctional materials and new production processes and devices’. This is the third thematic priority in the EU’s Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) for research. Nanotechnology, for instance, is a new approach to research and development controlling the fundamental structure and behaviour of matter at the atomic and molecular level, according to the NMP website...read the wave

 

 
07-01- 2005
Nano Medicine : USA

Nonviral gene delivery found

 

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 UB 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..
.read the wave

 

 
Nano News : USA

Top Geologist Speaks About Dragon Mine Clay

 

In some circles the name means nothing, but in the western mining world Rick Tschauder (pronounced "chowder") has gained a reputation for having an uncanny ability at sniffing out the good mineral deposits.

Rick received his hands-on geology education in Colorado and New Mexico, but has literally looked under almost every rock he has since come across. His stint as Chief Geologist at Hecla Mining Company helped round out his experience, and now when he speaks of mining and geology, it's worth taking notes.

Several U.S. biotech and nano-tech companies have shown a tremendous amount of interest in the Dragon Mine halloysite. The time-release attributes are quite attractive to companies currently researching the deployment of various agents through nano technology, where a predictable method of controlling the release of that agent is critical...read the wave

 

 
Nano News : USA

Nanoscience - On a butterfly's wings . . .

 

Microscopic images that are now achievable at single-nanometer scales usually depict advanced materials or other ordered, inorganic substances. However, a team of researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (S.V.Kalinin ) and North Carolina State University (A. Gruverman) have applied scanning probe microcopy to living biosystems - in this case to look at the structure of a butterfly's wing. The 5-nanometer resolution images, obtained with a technique called atomic force acoustic microscopy, depict the infinitesimally complex structures that underlie the functionality and delicate spectacle of the flying insect's wing. Using the instrument, researchers can see nanometer-sized structural elements at resolutions that roughly equal the size of a DNA molecule. ORNL researcher Sergei Kalinin says the butterfly images are just a proof on concept - the new strides in advanced scanning probe microscopies will eventually provide a "wonderful tool" for understanding, as well as viewing, properties and functionality of living biosystem's on length scales from macroscopic to molecular.

For more info contact: Bill Cabage; +865 574-4399; or email cabagewh@ornl.gov

 

 

| Seeing a single hydrogen atom | by Sukekatsu USHIODA |

 

 


...read the wave

Prof. Ushioda says, "It may be hard to imagine putting labels on individual nano-structures." But he has realized such labeling with STM light emission spectroscopy. "You can see atoms of nano-structure surfaces with a conventional scanning tunneling microscope. But you see only the exterior shapes of these atoms. With STM light emission spectroscopy, you can understand the characteristics of each atom."

In STM light emission spectroscopy, it is necessary first to check the...

| article courtesy of Japan Nanonet Bulletin |
 
Future Technology : USA

New ‘Pure Light’ Technology Makes Computer Screens, Cell Phone Displays More Power Efficient

 

Flat screens have replaced bulky, energy-gobbling tube-style computer screens on the desks of many businesses and homes, but scientists at the University of Rochester have found that even these power-sipping screens have room for energy-efficiency improvement. Rochester researchers have patented a new class of optical materials that efficiently create “pure polarized light,” which uses far less energy than conventional flat-panel displays to produce the same images. The technology, called glassy liquid crystals, has been licensed to Cornerstone Research Group, Inc., of Dayton, Ohio, for manufacture and use in displays, optical drives, and “color tunable” filters...read the wave

 

 
Nano Biz : India + Singapore

e.Star Infotech to introduce Nanotechechnology

 

e.Star Infotech Ltd. said on Thursday that it has entered into a strategic partnership with a high technology corporation situated at Singapore involved in research and development, sales and distribution and consultancy services on Nanotechnology by combining scientific research, development, application and production.

As per the strategic partnership, the company shall be introducing the Nanotechnology in India and shall be acting as the sole representative and selling agency for its products in India...read the wave

 

 
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Nano News : Global

Technology Research Advances of 2004

 

Each year sees more researchers at work and more research papers published than the last -- the volume of scientific and technological research has doubled every decade for the past three centuries.

The profusion of technology research in 2004 includes notable advances in biotechnology, communications, computing, engineering, energy, security, nanotechnology, applied physics and the Internet...read the wave

 

 

06-01- 2005
Nano Medicine : Australia

Smart bombs to blast tumours

 

Exploding capsules could one day be used to deliver cancer drugs with pinpoint accuracy Reported by RACHEL NOWAK, MELBOURNE NANOSCALE polymer capsules could one day be used to deliver chemotherapy direct to tumours, leaving adjacent tissue unscathed.

The capsules would be designed to rupture when heated by a low-energy laser pulse, delivering their payload right where it is needed. Anti-cancer drugs would be more effective, and the side effects less severe, if they could home in on a tumour and be delivered in a single burst. This would allow the drug to reach the concentrations needed to kill cancer cells, while minimising damage to surrounding tissue...read the wave

 

 
Nano Medicine : Israel

NEW PROTEIN DISCOVERED BY HEBREW UNIVERSITY RESEARCHERS HOLDS PROMISE FOR USE IN MEDICINE AND NANOSCIENCE

 

Jerusalem, – Researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have succeeded in discovering and isolating a new protein from the poplar tree with special structural and qualitative characteristics that could have consequences for development of future nanocapsules for drug delivery to cancer cells.

In addition to being obtained from plant tissue, the protein can now also be produced in large quantities as a recombinant protein in bacteria, making it highly available for medicinal or other applications.

Called SP-1, the protein has a nanometric, “bagel-shaped,” circular form and is.
..read the wave

 

 
Nano Funding : USA

UTD NanoTech Institute Wins $750,000 Grant
For Research on Artificial Muscles

Work Could Lead to Advanced Limbs for Amputees, Robots

 

RICHARDSON, Texas – Researchers at the NanoTech Institute at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) have been awarded a $750,000, 20-month grant to develop artificial muscles that convert chemical energy to mechanical energy. The award was made by the United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), whose charter is to develop new technologies for military applications.

UTD NanoTech Institute researchers have long pioneered in inventing artificial muscles that are electrically powered, and their discoveries in this area have led to industrial commercialization efforts in the United States, Japan and Sweden. This new program is more ambitious – to make artificial muscles that are chemically powered, like natural muscle, and exceed the force generation, contraction and speed of their natural counterpart...read the wave

 

 
the tsunami is gaining height “ | Tim Harper | Cientifica
 
Future Technology

Researchers develop new tool to detect agents of bioterrorism

 

Scientists have developed a new "biological smoke detector" to help protect against potential bioterrorist attacks, according to a study published in the Jan. 1 edition of Analytical Chemistry, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society.

High-traffic facilities like airports, office buildings, rail stations and sporting arenas serve hundreds of thousands of people each day, making them particularly susceptible to silent and invisible biological attacks. Researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California have now developed a new stand-alone detector that can provide early warning to help authorities limit exposure and start treating victims before they show symptoms of full-blown infection.

The instrument, called the...read the wave

 

 
Nano Products : USA

Hybrid Plastics Begins Producing POSS® Masterbatch
For Commercial Customers

 

Hattiesburg, MS: Hybrid Plastics, Inc. has installed an extruder line for the compounding of POSS® masterbatch at its new facility in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. It is intended to satisfy demand from customers who began launching commercial film applications in the fall of 2004. A second extruder line is planned for 2005.

Masterbatch is a concentrated blend of one or more ingredients within a base polymer. This masterbatch later is diluted through a subsequent mixing operation to become part of the final polymer compound. The Masterbatch is added in small amounts to this final material to achieve desired properties.

POSS® [Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxanes] is a revolutionary new Nanotechnology based on...read the wave

 

 
Nano News : New Zealand

Microscope purchase boost for institute

 

Two electron microscopes capable of magnifying objects more than 1 million times are the latest tools of scientific discovery at Victoria University's MacDiarmid Institute.

The two microscopes – imported from Japan – cost more than $1 million each.

Institute director Paul Callaghan said electron microscopes were key tools in the study of nanotechnology – the science of incredibly small particles and substances – and materials science. "Electron microscopes are the primary tool for the analysis or characterisation of materials. They enable us to carry out work that was either extremely difficult or impossible in the past."

While there were other electron microscopes in the country, Professor Callaghan said the MacDiarmid's two machines represented the latest technology."They're the best in the country." The two microscopes were bought using a $10 million government capital grant. They are so powerful they can see atoms...read the wave

 

 
Nano Products : USA

Nanotechnology Leader Zyvex Introduces
Carbon Nanotube-Based Epoxy Concentrates

 

RICHARDSON, Texas, /PRNewswire/ -- Zyvex Corporation have announced that it has expanded its NanoSolve(TM) product line with nine new product offerings.

The new epoxy concentrates blend several industry-standard epoxies with multi-wall or single wall nanotubes, or carbon nanofibers, to deliver significant increases in electrical and thermal conductivity, as well as improved mechanical strength.

"Our new line of epoxy concentrates can create composite materials which exploit the intrinsic properties of carbon nanotubes," said Zyvex President, Thomas A. Cellucci, PhD, MBA. "By offering a range of concentrations, we can provide customers with more flexibility to choose the amount of CNTs they want in their final product."...read the wave

 

 
Nano Biz : USA

Atlas Mining and NanoDynamics Establish Strategic Relationship

Cooperation to Focus on the Development of High Value Applications for Microtubules

 

OSBURN, Idaho, Xinhua-PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Atlas Mining Company (OTC Bulletin Board: ALMI - News), a rapidly growing natural resource and mining company, have announced it has entered into a strategic relationship to develop high value applications for the unique hollow microtubules currently being produced at the Dragon Mine in Juab County, Utah. NanoDynamics, a leading nanotechnology company headquartered in Buffalo, NY, will begin purchasing Halloysite clay from Atlas immediately in order to create commercial applications for this novel material. Historically, halloysite has been used in the manufacturing of bone china, fine china, and porcelain products. However, over the past year, researchers and scientists, including Dr. Ron Price of the Office of Naval Research, have discovered new uses for...read the wave

 

 
Future Technology : New Zealand

The future is here but changing

 

In the early 1980s, Microsoft founder Bill Gates proposed a bold initiative: he wanted to see a PC on every desk in America.

At the time he was laughed at. What was the point of giving everyone a computer, his detractors asked.

Today the goal seems laughable for another reason - we have long since accepted the computer into our working lives and our homes and are well on the way towards the goal of having at least one computing device for every person, at least in the developed world.

But the modern PC is just the beginning. We now have access to the world's greatest database, the internet, from a plethora of devices...read the wave

 

05-01- 2005
Nano Research : USA

Finding the art behind the science of nanocrystal synthesis

 

Enter the office of Argonne physicist Zhili Xiao, and you might feel as though you’ve set foot in the studio of an accomplished artist.

Numerous images of tubes, wires, and dots arranged in perfectly symmetrical patterns hang over his computer like paintings. On his bookshelf rests a set of large-ringed binders, which, like photo albums, contain dozens of pictures of tripods, brushes and other three-dimensional crystals on a scale 100,000 times smaller than the period at the end of this sentence.

“These binders represent many years of hard work,” explained Xiao, flipping through pages of exquisitely shaped structures. “Each type of crystal structure was painstakingly crafted and imaged by me and my colleagues."...read the wave

 

 
Nano Research : USA

Seize the Light:
Learning to control photons with metal nanoparticles

 

Scientists have struggled for decades to find ways of manipulating light at miniscule dimensions. Recent efforts, which have focused on the scale of the nanometer (a nanometer is a billionth of a meter), have been hampered by the fact that a nanometer is only one-thousandth the wavelength of visible light. These dimensions make it virtually impossible for light waves to travel without being scattered in different directions — an effect that has been a major source of frustration for those seeking to advance light-based technologies such as fiber optics and optical data storage.

Now, Argonne scientists are making...read the wave

 

 
Nano Environment : USA

New breakthrough nanotechnology for the removal of arsenic from drinking water

 

Northborough, MA -- SolmeteX, Inc. has developed a new breakthrough nanotechnology for the removal of arsenic from drinking water. Known as ArsenXnp® the new patent-pending technology has demonstrated its capacity and effectiveness in extensive field trials conducted in the southwest United States.

ArsenXnp will be manufactured by Purolite, which is the 2nd largest manufacturer of ion exchange resins globally, producing over 500 different resins and adsorbents for a variety of water treatment and specialty applications. ArsenXnp will be manufactured at Purolite’s Philadelphia facility and will complement a number of selective resins Purolite offers for groundwater remediation applications such nitrate, perchlorate and hexavalent chrome removal, to name a few. Under the agreement, Purolite will market the ArsenXnp worldwide using their extensive sales network that currently sells product in over 100 countries.
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Nano Research : USA

Fighting Friction

 

When you’re sitting in a chilly room and your hands feel cold, rubbing them together can be the quickest way to warm them. To engineers, this natural heat source is known as friction. And while it may be good for our bodies, it is also a mechanical nuisance that has cost the U.S. billions of dollars in lost labor, down-time and cost of replacement parts.

It’s mechanical challenges like friction that have sparked the development of a field known as tribology — a branch of engineering devoted to studies of friction, wear and lubrication. Recently, joint effort between tribologists at Argonne and materials scientists at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Drexel University has resulted in the development of a carbon-based coating that can reduce mechanical friction by up to...read the wave

 

 
Nano Biz : USA

ObjectSoft Corp. Raises Capital; Invests in Nanotechnology Company

 

NEW YORK, Jan. 4, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- ObjectSoft Corp. (Pink Sheets:OSFT) today announced that it has received investments totaling $250,000. In addition, it announced that it has invested the funds in a new Nanotechnology venture in partnership with Terra Solar Development Corp.

Mr. Moshe Gluzman, Chief Executive Officer of ObjectSoft said, "Terra Solar Development Corp is a well-respected pioneer in the fields of photovoltaic cells and nanotechnology. We are very excited to be partnering with them on this important venture."

About ObjectSoft Corp.

ObjectSoft Corp. is a publicly traded nanotechnology company located in New York City. Its new corporate website is being prepared and will be available shortly.

 

 
Nano Debate : Australia

Beware the next scientific frontier

 

Nanotechnology could bring huge benefits or cause serious problems, writes Gyorgy Scrinis.

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

 

 
Nano News : USA

The Mystery of How Jesus Bugs Can Walk on Water

 

Walking on water is not part of the normal human behavioral repertoire. But for some insects, it’s routine. Check out almost any pond or creek and you’ll see water striders, known to some as Jesus bugs, skating along the top with their cruciform shadows tracking them below. There’s a nice collective name for these creatures and others that exploit this liminal habitat: neuston, dwellers on the surface.

Although striders winter underwater, sheltered under rocks on the streambed, most of their lives take place on the surface film. It’s their hunting ground: these bugs are predators, always on the lookout for flying insects that fall into the water or aquatic types like mosquito larvae that swim up from below. Alerted by vibrations, the striders dash toward their prey, rowing with their middle pair of legs, then pounce and grab, mantis-like, with the front pair. They inject the victim with enzymes that dissolve its flesh, suck it dry and discard the husk...read the wave

 

 
MEMS : USA

Microfabrica and MOSIS Launch 'EFAB(tm) Access' to Boost Innovation in 3-D Microdevice Design

First multi-project run program for sophisticated 3-D MEMS and microdevice fabrication

 

Burbank, CA - Microfabrica, a leader in microdevice and microsystem fabrication, has partnered with MOSIS, the leading low-cost prototyping and small-volume production service for integrated circuit development, to introduce EFAB Access, the first multi-project run service to offer Microfabrica's breakthrough 3-D micromanufacturing technology.

EFAB Access gives companies, universities, research labs, and individuals the ability to design three-dimensional MEMS and microdevices and have their prototypes produced economically through MOSIS. The program opens the door to a wide variety of 3-D applications, including sensors, actuators, RF devices, and medical instruments.
..read the wave

 

 
Nano News : Iran

Prominent hardliner, reformist run for president

 

LONDON, (IranMania) - Top Iranian hardliner Ali Larijani announced Monday that he was joining the presidential race to become Iran's next president, while a report said top pro-reform cleric Mehdi Karoubi would also be standing.

Larijani, 47, is also a former head of Iran's state-controlled broadcast media and one-time top member of the powerful Revolutionary Guards, the regime's ideological army.

He said a priority in the economy was investment in four fields: nanotechnology, biotechnology, nuclear technology for non-military purposes and information and communications technologies...read the wave

 

 
Nano News : EU

CORDIS launches Luxembourg Council Presidency Research and Innovation service

 

The Luxembourg Presidency's research and innovation policy priorities are also laid out, such as initiating the required preparatory work in order to adopt the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), reinforcing activities in the field of nanotechnology, and developing a preliminary version of the future European Space Programme. It will also focus on human resources in the field of science and technology, especially with respect to measures to facilitate the mobility and clarify the status of researchers...read the wave

 

 

04-01- 2005
Nano Research : USA

Gecko Feet Hold the Key to Self-Cleaning Adhesives

 

Newswise — Duct tape that never loses its stick. Bandages that come off without sticky residue or an "ouch."

Gecko feet may hold the key to the development of synthetic self-cleaning adhesives, according to a biologist from Lewis & Clark College. The research is published in the online early edition of the Proceedings from the National Academy of Sciences of the United States, or PNAS (http://www.pnas.org) during the week of Jan. 3, 2005 (Article #08304: "Evidence for self-cleaning in gecko setae").

"How geckos manage to keep their feet clean while walking about with sticky feet has remained a puzzle until now," said Kellar Autumn, associate professor of biology at Lewis & Clark College. "Geckos don't groom their feet, and the adhesive on their toes is much too sticky for dirt to be shaken off. Conventional adhesives like tape just get dirtier and dirtier, but we discovered that gecko feet actually become cleaner with repeated use."...read the wave

 

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

Sibal announces new schemes for scientists:

 

[Health India]: Ahmedabad, Jan 3 : Minister of Science and Technology Kapil Sibal Monday promised to set up a national mission for nano-technology and to promote efforts to dicover preventive medicines for malaria and tuberculosis.

Sibal, who was awarded the Jawaharlal Nehru Birth Centenary award by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the 92nd Indian Science Congress here, said: "While the scientific community will make efforts to provide solutions in resolving issues. I hope to provide the necessary enabling environment for you.

"For the scientific community I pledge to do the following. Bring autonomy in their functioning, for only those who are irreverent of the past in the scientific sense, will guide the future...read the wave

 

 
Nano Biz : USA

What's in a name ?

 

(PRWEB) -- What will the world be like in a decade or two? Well, most assuredly we won’t be “driving flying cars or having homes on Mars”. But our lives will be radically different, declares Ted Stalets, a Nashville futurist who has been studying emerging technologies since the birth of personal computers. According to Ted, “Big changes are coming within our lifetime – in areas like the Internet, Virtual Reality, Robotics, Biotechnology, and Nanotechnology. And t he website www.DomainNesteggs.com provides carefully researched Internet addresses for these emerging industries.”...read the wave

 

 
Future Technology : Global

Engineered enhancers closer than you think

 

Chicago — Thirty years from now, the uproar surrounding Barry Bonds' alleged steroid use might seem quaint by comparison to the human enhancement technologies that could be available then.

In the next few decades, futurists say, athletes and soldiers will call on artificial muscles to lift heavier loads and run faster. Bionic eyes will let them see distant targets, while "nanobots" enhance their cognitive abilities and genetic-engineering techniques boost their performance under pressure.

"The use of anabolic steroids, in retrospect, will seem almost prehistoric — as well as stupid," said Jerome C. Glenn, executive director of the American Council for the United Nations University (Washington) and co-author of the book 2004: State of the Future. "In the future, we'll be able to enhance ourselves in other ways that won't be so dangerous."...read the wave

 

 
Future Technology : Global

Getting a grasp on the future

 

Down the road, prognosticators see flying cars, nano-medicine, end of checkbooks and cable TV and more.

In the year 2015, babes barely able to talk will attend school, checkbooks could be a not-so-fond memory, doctors might have the ability to zap cells gone awry, and cars will drive themselves - or maybe even fly.

Most Americans have a hard time embracing the future beyond 2005 New Year's resolutions, but for some...read the wave

 

02-01- 2005
Nano Biz : India

R&D, design firms make silent entry

 

If one sector did not complain too loud about Bangalore's crumbling infrastructure in 2004, it was the engineering design services. In a year when the city's preferred prefix, IT, threatened to desert it, global engineering and technology majors stealthily moved in to set up R&D and design centres.

At last count the city accounted for over 75 per cent of the total Indian research and design work, according to a study by Administrative Staff College of India. Bangalore had about 8,500 of the 11,200 R&D work force in the country. Also, 40 of the 77 global firms' R&D centres are based in Bangalore...read the wave

 

Nano Biz - Textiles : Global

As quotas expire, U.S. textile industry braces for change

 

JAMESTOWN, N.C. -- For Jeff Johnson and the 686,800 other workers in the U.S. textile and apparel industry, cries of "Happy New Year" may well ring hollow: As of midnight Friday, rules that have protected U.S. mills from foreign competition will expire, exposing an already troubled industry to the full force of globalization.

Wherever it leads -- whether to retooling plants to churn out high-tech fabrics or to widespread layoffs after surging imports -- Johnson and others at the Oakdale Cotton Mills think their world is about to change.

"We're apprehensive," said Johnson, 44, who has spent 28 years at the same yarn and twine-making firm where his father and grandfather worked, in a town where workers still inhabit the homes built by the company decades ago. "Not knowing is the big thing." ...read the wave

 

 
Nano Biz : Malaysia

FOCUS: Enjoying roller-coaster ride to the world of science

 

The National Science Centre is seeing record numbers of Malaysians through a hands-on, minds-on, hearts-on calendar. THERESA MANAVALAN talks to the outgoing director on how an institution fights a national phobia.

"I AM a reformist," says A. Jayanath, the outgoing director of the National Science Centre. "That's how I spent my career, reforming things." Tomorrow, Jayanath clocks out of the science centre in Bukit Kiara after a three-year assignment to turn it around and engage Malaysians in science and technology.

After 30 years in the civil service, Jayanath will spend retirement knowing that record numbers of children have had a field day in the government-owned theme park where they can take an intellectual roller-coaster ride in the learning of science and human ingenuity...read the wave

 

 
Nano Event : India

Tsunami will be Focus in Indian Science Congress

 

Aptly focusing on "Health Technology as Fulcrum of Development for the Nation", the congress, being hosted by Nirma University, here will see over 7,000 participants presenting papers.

They will also discuss how to help make India a global pharmaceutical giant and how to develop vaccines that could help prevent various diseases.

Realising the promises of nano-technology and innovative water technology for the poor as well as the need to contain long-term psychological and health impacts of tsunamis would also be discussed, the organisers said...read the wave

 

 
Nano Textiles : EU

Launch of the "European Technology Platform for the Future of Textiles and Clothing"

 

Brussels, Belgium: The European textile and clothing industry, represented by the European Apparel and Textile Organisation (Euratex), has launched the European Technology Platform for the Future of Textiles and Clothing. The launch took place” on 17 December 2004 in Brussels, In the presence of EU Research Commissioner Janez Potocnik.

“Today, with the launch of the Technology Platform, we can make a big new step in boosting the competitiveness of the European Textiles and Clothing Industry” said Commissioner Potocnik. “The 2020 Vision Document prepared by the European Apparel and Textile Organisation provides a sound and promising basis for the development of the Textiles and Clothing Strategic Research Agenda that will transform industry.”

This initiative will bring together all interested stakeholders: the textile and clothing industry itself, related industries and service providers, the research and education community and public authorities at all levels in a joint effort to map out long term visions and a strategic research agenda for the coming years to support the transformation of this industry into a knowledge-based innovation driven sector...read the wave

 

 
Nano Battery : South Korea

SK develops material for batteries

 

SK Corp., the nation's largest oil refiner, said yesterday that it has developed a core material used for lithium-ion batteries called the "separator." So far, only two Japanese companies - Asahi and Tonen - have developed the source technology. The company has come up with the technology for manufacturing the...read the wave

 

 
Nano Products : Taiwan

ERSO develops 20-inch carbon nanotube field-emission backlight unit

 

Taipei, (CENS)--The Electronics Research & Service Organization (ERSO) of Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) has successfully developed a 20-inch carbon nanotube field-emission backlight unit (CNT-BLU), the largest of its kind available in the world.

ERSO developed the CNT-BLU for major applications to large-sized thin film transistor-liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) panels and LCD TVs...read the wave

 

 
Nano Textiles : UK

SUIT THAT NEVER GETS DIRTY

 

SCIENTISTS have won a £1million grant to help develop clothes that never need cleaning.

It will aid research into nano-technology, looking at the properties of fabrics down to atomic particles.

And it could make the plot of the 1951 Ealing comedy The Man In The White Suit a reality.

In the film, scientist Sidney Stratton, played by Alec Guinness, invents a fabric that never gets dirty or wears out...read the wave

 

 
Nano Medicine : India

Saket Bio to out-license technology for oral delivery of rh-insulin, hep B vaccine

 

The Hyderabad-based Saket Biotechnologies is all set to license out its NDDS technology for the oral delivery of proteins and peptides, which has huge potential in the biopharmaceuticals market.

The technology, which was developed in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Chemical Technologies (IICT), has already been granted US patent to deliver Insulin and Hepatitis B vaccine through the oral route, expected to be granted patents in the PCT countries shortly...read the wave

 

 
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...read the wave

 

 
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

 

 
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

 

 
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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

 

 
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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

 

 
Nano Research : USA

Rapid Progress Reported in Emerging Field of Molecular Electronics

 

The emerging field of molecular electronics — using nanoscale molecules as key components in computers and other electronic devices — is in excellent health and has a bright future, conclude UCLA, Caltech and University of California, Santa Barbara, chemists who assess the field in the Dec. 17 issue of the journal Science.

"Molecular electronics is in its infancy, and its adolescence and adulthood will be very exciting as we push toward the promise of molecular electronics: smaller, more versatile and more efficient," said Amar Flood, a UCLA researcher in Fraser Stoddart's supramolecular chemistry group, and lead author of the Science paper...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 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 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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