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Future Technology : USA

QUANTUM COMPUTERS ARE A QUANTUM LEAP CLOSER, SAY PURDUE PHYSICISTS

 

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A new breed of faster, more powerful computers based on quantum mechanics may be a step closer to reality, report scientists from Purdue and Duke universities.

By linking a pair of tiny "puddles" of a few dozen electrons sandwiched inside a semiconductor, researchers have enabled these two so-called "quantum dots" to become parts of a transistor - the vital switching component in computer chips. Future computers that use quantum dots to store and process digital information might outperform conventional computer circuits because of both the new transistors' smaller size and their potential to solve problems that would take centuries on today's machines.

 

"This is a very promising candidate for quantum computation," said Albert M. Chang, who is an adjunct professor of physics in Purdue's School of Science. "We believe this research will allow large numbers of quantum-dot switches to work together as a group, which will be necessary if they are ever to function as a computer's brain, or memory....read the wave


 
Nano Research: USA

A Conveyor Belt for the Nano-Age

 

In a development that brings the promise of mass production to nanoscale devices, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory scientists have transformed carbon nanotubes into conveyor belts capable of ferrying atom-sized particles to microscopic worksites.

 

By applying a small electrical current to a carbon nanotube, they moved indium particles along the tube like auto parts on an assembly line. Their research, described in the April 29 issue of Nature, lays the groundwork for the high-throughput construction of atomic-scale optical, electronic, and mechanical devices that will power the burgeoning field of nanotechnology.

“We’re not transporting atoms one at a time anymore — it’s more like a hose,” says Chris Regan of Berkeley Lab’s Materials Sciences Division, who co-authored the article along with fellow Materials Sciences researchers Shaul Aloni, Ulrich Dahmen, Robert Ritchie, and Alex Zettl. Aloni, Regan, and Zettl are also scientists in the University of California at Berkeley’s Department of Physics, where much of the work was conducted...read the wave


 
Nano Environment: Ecuador

Significant Reductions in Air Pollution Attained by Petroecuador in Test of Green Plus Fuel Catalyst

 

QUITO, Ecuador--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Biofriendly Corporation announced today the results of tests conducted by Petroecuador, the national oil company of Ecuador. The tests were designed to evaluate the effectiveness of Green Plus(TM) in reducing major combustion gas emissions in diesel engines. The Research Technology Development Unit of Petroecuador supervised the tests, with the participation of Chemeng, a government approved testing organization.

The Petroecuador report concluded that Green Plus(TM) demonstrated an ability to significantly reduce the four major toxic and gaseous emissions of diesel fuel combustion that can lead to serious health problems and climate-changing effects.
The tests were conducted on diesel buses as well as stationary engines utilizing certified test equipment.

The results of the stationary engines showed Carbon Monoxide (CO) emissions dropped by...read the wave

 

 
Nano Interview: USA

'Revitalize Manufacturing and Invest in the
Jobs of the Future,' Says John Kerry

CLEVELAND - Democrat John Kerry is wrapping up a three-day tour of industrial communities with a call for new technology investments to revitalize the downtrodden Rust Belt.

"The bottom line: I believe that the best days of the Rust Belt aren't behind us, they're ahead of us," Kerry said in the prepared text of an economic speech he gave at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Mich.
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Nano Medicine: USA

ORNL’s nanobiosensor technology gives new access to living cell’s molecular processes

 

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., — Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a nanoscale technology for investigating biomolecular processes in single living cells. The new technology enables researchers to monitor and study cellular signaling networks, including the first observation of programmed cell death in a single live cell.

The "nanobiosensor" allows scientists to physically probe inside a living cell without destroying it. As scientists adopt a systems approach to studying biomolecular processes, the nanobiosensor provides a valuable tool for intracellular studies that have applications ranging from medicine to national security to energy production.

ORNL Corporate Fellow and Life Sciences Division researcher Tuan Vo-Dinh leads a team of researchers who are developing the nanoscale technology. "This research illustrates the integrated ‘nano-bio-info' approach to investigating and understanding these complex cell systems," Vo-Dinh said. "There is a need to explore uncharted territory inside a live cell and analyze the molecular processes. This minimally invasive nanotechnology opens the door to explore the inner world of single cells". ...read the wave

 

 
Nano Medicine

New Access to Cell’s Molecular Processes

 

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a nanoscale technology for investigating biomolecular processes in single living cells. The new technology enables researchers to monitor and study cellular signaling networks, including the first observation of programmed cell death in a single live cell.

The “nanobiosensor” allows scientists to physically probe inside a living cell without destroying it. As scientists adopt a systems approach to studying biomolecular processes, the nanobiosensor provides a valuable tool for intracellular studies that have applications ranging from medicine to national security to energy production.

ORNL Corporate Fellow and Life Sciences Division researcher Tuan Vo-Dinh leads a team of researchers who are developing the nanoscale technology. “This research illustrates the integrated ‘nano-bio-info’ approach to investigating and understanding these complex cell systems,” Vo-Dinh said. “There is a need to explore uncharted territory inside a live cell and analyze the molecular processes. This minimally invasive nanotechnology opens the door to explore the inner world of single cells”. ...read the wave

 

 
Nano Research: Hong Kong / China

Esquel Group and Zhejiang Institute of Science & Technology of China Jointly Founded Eco-Textile Research Center

 

HONG KONG, -- Esquel Group, one of the world's leading producers of premium cotton shirts, recently collaborated with Zhejiang Institute of Science & Technology (ZIST) of China to establish the ''ZIST Esquel Eco-Textile Research Center (ZERC).'' The collaboration is a first of such joint initiatives by academia and private enterprise in China to foster scientific research on eco-textile production, and sets a precedent for the promotion of research in textile and ecology.

The opening ceremony of ZERC took place at the campus of Zhejiang Institute of Science & Technology in Hangzhou on April 20. Honorable guests included Ji Guobiao, Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering (''CAE'') and former Deputy Minister of the original Textile Department of China; Lu Hua, Deputy Director of Scientific Research Unit of Zhejiang Education Department; Zhou Yimin, Director of Achievement & Technical Market Division, Department of Science and Technology of Zhejiang Provincial People's Government; Zhao Jun, President of Zhejiang Institute of Science & Technology; Vice President Liu Guanfeng and Vice Dean Xia Jinrong; Marjorie Yang, Esquel Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer; and John Cheh, Chairman of Esquel (China) Holdings Ltd. Zhao Jun and Marjorie Yang spoke on behalf of the ZIST and Esquel, and jointly presided over the contract signing, plague unveiling and exchange of souvenir ceremonies. Nearly 500 guests from China and overseas, and scholars, students and members of the media participated in this historic moment at the majestic and beautiful campus.
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Future Technology

Nanogold does not glitter, but its future looks bright

At the nano-level, gold acquires a new shine, a new set of properties and a host of potential new applications

All that glitters is not gold, goes the old adage.

But the shrinking frontiers of science require a qualifier: Gold itself does not always glitter.

In fact, if gold is created in small enough chunks, it turns red, blue, yellow and other colors, says Chris Kiely, who directs the new Nanocharacterization Laboratory in Lehigh's Center for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology.

Kiely, a professor of materials science and engineering, explores the properties of "nanogold," or gold particles so tiny - containing only hundreds or even tens of atoms - that they must be measured in nanometers. (One nm is equal to one one-billionth of a meter.)

As is true with other materials, gold in "nano" form exhibits different properties from bulk gold.

"As everyone knows," says Kiely, "normal bulk gold is shiny, it is gold in color, it is inert, and it conducts electricity.

"If, however, you shrink gold down to a nanoparticle, its properties change dramatically. Its color changes, it becomes a very good catalyst, and is no longer a metal - instead it turns into a semiconductor."

Kiely seeks not only to identify the properties of nano-materials but also to find new uses for them and new ways of assembling them into usable structures.
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Nano Patents: Germany

International patent granted to Capsulution NanoScience AG covering the manufacture of novel nano- and micro-capsules

Berlin - After having been granted an international patent in the US in mid-April (patent No.: US 6,699,501) Berlin-based Capsulution NanoScience AG - a specialist in the development of innovative solutions for improved drug-delivery - secured important rights for the further development and commercialisation of its proprietary technology. The claimed IP is a fundamental patent covering the manufacture of novel nano- and microcapsules by means of the so-called Layer-by-Layer technology (LBL-Technology®).

The now-granted patent claims the encapsulation of biological entities, e.g. liposomes, for the manufacture of improved pharmaceutical formulations. The patent also covers the encapsulation and layering of other biological particles such as bacteria or yeast cells and single cell organisms possessing cell walls. Particles that are encapsulated this way will have numerous applications: in innovative drugs, in functional foods or in novel cosmetic products.

To Capsulution this represents an important patent from a range of patent families, which the company had in-licensed exclusively for worldwide marketing from Garching Innovation GmbH - the technology transfer office of the Max Planck Society. In addition to these, Capsulution in recent years filed further patent applications regarding newly developed applications of the LBL-Technology®. By means of this technology capsules are manufactured by the layerwise adsorption of polyelectrolytes onto the encapsulated compounds.

Dr. Andreas Voigt, CSO of Capsulution said: "The recently granted patent further sharpens our competitive edge as a developer of innovative nano- and micro-capsules for high-end applications in the fields of drug-delivery. We are also confident to identify further fields of application where the use of novel capsules with non-spherical shapes will lead to substantially increased benefits." In line with Capsulution's corporate strategy several further developments of this technology are to be protected by patent applications in coming years.

 

 
 
nano news 29 - 04 - 2004
Nano Research: USA

A Conveyor Belt for the Nano-Age

 

In a development that brings the promise of mass production to nanoscale devices, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory scientists have transformed carbon nanotubes into conveyor belts capable of ferrying atom-sized particles to microscopic worksites.

 

By applying a small electrical current to a carbon nanotube, they moved indium particles along the tube like auto parts on an assembly line. Their research, described in the April 29 issue of Nature, lays the groundwork for the high-throughput construction of atomic-scale optical, electronic, and mechanical devices that will power the burgeoning field of nanotechnology.

“We’re not transporting atoms one at a time anymore — it’s more like a hose,” says Chris Regan of Berkeley Lab’s Materials Sciences Division, who co-authored the article along with fellow Materials Sciences researchers Shaul Aloni, Ulrich Dahmen, Robert Ritchie, and Alex Zettl. Aloni, Regan, and Zettl are also scientists in the University of California at Berkeley’s Department of Physics, where much of the work was conducted...read the wave



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Guest Writer: Dr. Pearl Chin PhD, MBA


Materials is Nanoscience too
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Nano Medicine: USA

ORNL’s nanobiosensor technology gives new access to living cell’s molecular processes

 

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., — Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a nanoscale technology for investigating biomolecular processes in single living cells. The new technology enables researchers to monitor and study cellular signaling networks, including the first observation of programmed cell death in a single live cell.

The "nanobiosensor" allows scientists to physically probe inside a living cell without destroying it. As scientists adopt a systems approach to studying biomolecular processes, the nanobiosensor provides a valuable tool for intracellular studies that have applications ranging from medicine to national security to energy production.

ORNL Corporate Fellow and Life Sciences Division researcher Tuan Vo-Dinh leads a team of researchers who are developing the nanoscale technology. "This research illustrates the integrated ‘nano-bio-info' approach to investigating and understanding these complex cell systems," Vo-Dinh said. "There is a need to explore uncharted territory inside a live cell and analyze the molecular processes. This minimally invasive nanotechnology opens the door to explore the inner world of single cells". ...read the wave

 

 

Nano Research: USA

ChevronTexaco, Hyundai Motor Company and UTC Fuel Cells Selected to Participate in U.S. Department of Energy Hydrogen Fleet and Infrastructure Demonstration and Validation Project

 

WASHINGTON, /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)have announced that a team consisting of ChevronTexaco Corp., Hyundai Motor Co. and UTC Fuel Cells has been selected to lead a five-year demonstration and validation project designed to showcase practical application of hydrogen energy technology.

The cost-share contract was awarded to ChevronTexaco, in cooperation with Hyundai Motor Co. and UTC Fuel Cells. The primary goal of this multi-year project is to develop and demonstrate safe, convenient and reliable hydrogen- based distributed power generation, fuel cell vehicles and vehicle fueling infrastructure, and to educate key audiences about the use of hydrogen as a potential fuel for transportation and power generation. Under the cost- sharing agreement, each company will match the DOE award with its own funding in proportion with its participation in the program.

The initial focus of the project will be ...read the wave

 

 
Nano Biz: USA

Science Center's New 'Launch' Program Boosts Fortunes of Local Entrepreneurs

 

Technology and life-science startups are much closer to commercial success and profitability, leading to new jobs and a stronger tax base for Philadelphia and other regions in the Delaware Valley, thanks to a new 'Launch Business Mentoring' program started by the Science Center.

The Science Center's Launch Program matches young companies in the life sciences, pharmaceutical, nanotechnology, and general technology industries with teams of experienced business leaders. These "Executives in Residence," or 'EIRs,' mentor the company founders who, while renowned scientists and engineers, often have little commercial business experience. Each EIR personally mentors a single company, helping them develop their business plan and capital presentation to potential investors....read the wave

 

 
Future Technology

Nanogold does not glitter, but its future looks bright

At the nano-level, gold acquires a new shine, a new set of properties and a host of potential new applications

All that glitters is not gold, goes the old adage.

But the shrinking frontiers of science require a qualifier: Gold itself does not always glitter.

In fact, if gold is created in small enough chunks, it turns red, blue, yellow and other colors, says Chris Kiely, who directs the new Nanocharacterization Laboratory in Lehigh's Center for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology.

Kiely, a professor of materials science and engineering, explores the properties of "nanogold," or gold particles so tiny - containing only hundreds or even tens of atoms - that they must be measured in nanometers. (One nm is equal to one one-billionth of a meter.)

As is true with other materials, gold in "nano" form exhibits different properties from bulk gold.

"As everyone knows," says Kiely, "normal bulk gold is shiny, it is gold in color, it is inert, and it conducts electricity.

"If, however, you shrink gold down to a nanoparticle, its properties change dramatically. Its color changes, it becomes a very good catalyst, and is no longer a metal - instead it turns into a semiconductor."

Kiely seeks not only to identify the properties of nano-materials but also to find new uses for them and new ways of assembling them into usable structures.
...read the wave

 

 

Nano Medicine

Diagnostic method based on nanoscience could rival PCR

 

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Since the advent of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) nearly 20 years ago, scientists have been trying to overturn this method for analyzing DNA with something better. The "holy grail" in this quest is a simple method that could be used for point-of-care medical diagnostics, such as in the doctor's office or on the battlefield.

Now chemists at Northwestern University have set a DNA detection sensitivity record for a diagnostic method that is not based on PCR -- giving PCR a legitimate rival for the first time. Their results were published online today (April 27) by the Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS).

"We are the first to demonstrate technology that can compete with -- and beat -- PCR in many of the relevant categories," said Chad A. Mirkin, director of Northwestern's Institute for Nanotechnology, who led the research team. "Nanoscience has made this possible. Our alternative method promises to bring diagnostics to places PCR is unlikely to go -- the battlefield, the post office, a Third World village, the hospital and, perhaps ultimately, the home." ...read the wave

 

 
Nano Biz: USA

Zacks Sell List Highlights: Federated Investors, Kopin Corporation, Lexar Media, and AT&T

 

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE--Zacks.com releases details on a group of stocks that are part of their exclusive list of Stocks to Sell Now. These stocks are currently rated as a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell). Since inception in 1988 the S&P 500 has outperformed the Zacks #5 Ranked Strong Sells by 167.4% annually (12.3% vs. 4.6% respectively). While the rest of Wall Street continued to tout stocks during the market declines of the last few years, we were telling our customers which stocks to sell in order to save themselves the misery of unrelenting losses. Among the #5 ranked stocks today we highlight the following companies: Federated Investors, Inc. (NYSE:FII) and Kopin Corporation (NASDAQ: KOPN). Further they announced #4 Rankings (Sell) on two other widely held stocks: Lexar Media (NASDAQ:LEXR) and AT&T (NYSE:T). To see the full Zacks #5 Ranked list of Stocks to Sell Now ...read the wave

 

 
 
nano news 28 - 04 - 2004
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Nano Research: USA

Future blood tests may use tiny bar-codes to speed disease diagnosis

 

Analyzing a blood sample for the presence of disease markers, either in a doctor’s office or on the battlefield, could soon become as quick and easy as scanning the bar-code of a grocery item. Using nanotechnology, researchers at Northwestern University have developed a way to label tiny disease markers in blood with unique DNA tags, which they call bio-bar-codes. The tags can then be scanned by an instrument to identify diseases ranging from cancer to Alzheimer’s, or identify exposure to bioterror agents such as anthrax and smallpox, they say.

Details about the analytical test, which appears promising in experimental studies, are scheduled to appear in the May 19 print issue of the Journal of the American Chemical Society, a peer-reviewed publication of the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society. The study was published online (April 27) on the journal’s Web site….read the wave

 

 

Guest Writer: Dr. Pearl Chin PhD, MBA


Materials is Nanoscience too
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Nano Electronics: USA

High-speed nanotube transistors could lead to
better cell phones, faster computers

 

Scientists have demonstrated, for the first time, that transistors made from single-walled carbon nanotubes can operate at extremely fast microwave frequencies, opening up the potential for better cell phones and much faster computers, perhaps as much as 1,000 times faster.

The findings, reported in the April issue of Nano Letters, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society, add to mounting enthusiasm about nanotechnology's revolutionary potential.
"Since the invention of nanotube transistors, there have been theoretical predictions that they can operate very fast," says Peter Burke, Ph.D., a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the University of California, Irvine, and lead author of the paper. "Our work is the first to show that single-walled nanotube transistor devices can indeed function at very high speeds." ...read the wave

 

 
Future Technology

Nanogold does not glitter, but its future looks bright

At the nano-level, gold acquires a new shine, a new set of properties and a host of potential new applications

All that glitters is not gold, goes the old adage.

But the shrinking frontiers of science require a qualifier: Gold itself does not always glitter.

In fact, if gold is created in small enough chunks, it turns red, blue, yellow and other colors, says Chris Kiely, who directs the new Nanocharacterization Laboratory in Lehigh's Center for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology.

Kiely, a professor of materials science and engineering, explores the properties of "nanogold," or gold particles so tiny - containing only hundreds or even tens of atoms - that they must be measured in nanometers. (One nm is equal to one one-billionth of a meter.)

As is true with other materials, gold in "nano" form exhibits different properties from bulk gold.

"As everyone knows," says Kiely, "normal bulk gold is shiny, it is gold in color, it is inert, and it conducts electricity.

"If, however, you shrink gold down to a nanoparticle, its properties change dramatically. Its color changes, it becomes a very good catalyst, and is no longer a metal - instead it turns into a semiconductor."

Kiely seeks not only to identify the properties of nano-materials but also to find new uses for them and new ways of assembling them into usable structures.
...read the wave

 

 

Nano Medicine

Diagnostic method based on nanoscience could rival PCR

 

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Since the advent of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) nearly 20 years ago, scientists have been trying to overturn this method for analyzing DNA with something better. The "holy grail" in this quest is a simple method that could be used for point-of-care medical diagnostics, such as in the doctor's office or on the battlefield.

Now chemists at Northwestern University have set a DNA detection sensitivity record for a diagnostic method that is not based on PCR -- giving PCR a legitimate rival for the first time. Their results were published online today (April 27) by the Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS).

"We are the first to demonstrate technology that can compete with -- and beat -- PCR in many of the relevant categories," said Chad A. Mirkin, director of Northwestern's Institute for Nanotechnology, who led the research team. "Nanoscience has made this possible. Our alternative method promises to bring diagnostics to places PCR is unlikely to go -- the battlefield, the post office, a Third World village, the hospital and, perhaps ultimately, the home." ...read the wave

 

 
Nano Biz: USA

Zacks Sell List Highlights: Federated Investors, Kopin Corporation, Lexar Media, and AT&T

 

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE--Zacks.com releases details on a group of stocks that are part of their exclusive list of Stocks to Sell Now. These stocks are currently rated as a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell). Since inception in 1988 the S&P 500 has outperformed the Zacks #5 Ranked Strong Sells by 167.4% annually (12.3% vs. 4.6% respectively). While the rest of Wall Street continued to tout stocks during the market declines of the last few years, we were telling our customers which stocks to sell in order to save themselves the misery of unrelenting losses. Among the #5 ranked stocks today we highlight the following companies: Federated Investors, Inc. (NYSE:FII) and Kopin Corporation (NASDAQ: KOPN). Further they announced #4 Rankings (Sell) on two other widely held stocks: Lexar Media (NASDAQ:LEXR) and AT&T (NYSE:T). To see the full Zacks #5 Ranked list of Stocks to Sell Now ...read the wave

 

 
Nano Funding: USA

Crystalplex Receives $100,000 Investment

Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse Provides Pre-Seed Investment Through Its Pittsburgh Biomedical Development Corporation Affiliation

 

PITTSBURGH, PRNewswire/ -- Crystalplex, a Pittsburgh nanobiotechnology company and the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse (PLSG), a partnership to put the region's life sciences industry on a fast track for growth, today announced that PLSG, through its affiliate the Pittsburgh Biomedical Development Corporation (PBDC), intends to invest $100,000 in pre- seed funds to Crystalplex, an early stage company that is developing a technology that aids in drug discovery and clinical diagnostics.

The PBDC investment will be used to help the company further develop its technology which utilizes nano-sized plastic beads that label, or "bar code," a large number of different molecules within a solution, combining multiple assays or experiments into a single operation. With an exclusive worldwide license from Indiana University's Advanced Research & Technology Institute, Crystalplex expects to become the first to market with the new generation of nanosensor tests. The company was created by LaunchCyte LLC and is located within the PLSG Incubator….read the wave

 

 
Nano Event: Germany

Nano Days in Münster

June 3-5, 2004 / CeNTech presents nanobiotechnological research projects in North Rhine Westphalia / International experts discuss the future with nanotechnology


Exactly one year since the opening of the Center for Nanotechnology (CeNTech), the castle of Münster becomes an international meeting place for nanotechnologists. A workshop on nanobiotechnological research projects in the federal german state of North Rhine Westphalia and an international symposium on the perspectives of nanotechnology offer both scientists and companies an ideal platform for discussion and cooperation.

At the interface between nanotechnology and biology/medicine, nanobiotechnology emerges as one of the most promising research areas which has been strategically supported by the federal state of North Rhine Westphalia (NRW) for the last few years. To document the current state of nanobiotechnological research at the universities, universities of applied sciences, and research centres in NRW, CeNTech organises the workshop „NanoBio NRW – profiles and projects“ on June 3rd, 2004, on behalf of the Ministry for science and research NRW. At this workshop, all NRW research groups working in the field of nanobiotechnology will present their current activities. This workshop demonstrates the pole position of North Rhine Westphalia in nanobiotechnology and offers an ideal platform for its further development….read the wave

 

 

Nano Biz: USA

Nanotechnology Veterans Launch NanoVance Inc.; Company Brings Cohesion to Fragmented Industry, Provides Commercial Devices

 

AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A team of veterans from the nanotechnology field and the micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) and semiconductor industries, today announced the launch of NanoVance Inc., a company that integrates those technologies to provide nano-devices.

NanoVance's business model uniquely addresses the challenges of commercializing nano-devices, such as the high costs of design and fabrication. Bringing an unprecedented level of cohesion to these fragmented industries, the company utilizes its network of best-in-class partners to design, develop, manufacture, package and test its customers' devices.

NanoVance's management team includes two former executives of the New Jersey Nanotechnology Consortium (NJNC), a former leader of Rosemount Inc.'s MEMS technical development and fabrication programs, and executives with nearly 100 years of combined experience in the semiconductor industry….read the wave

 

 

Future Technology: UK

UK Department of Trade and Industry Uses Interwise to Connect UK Businesses with Emerging Technologies

 

Interwise(R), the foremost provider of enterprise communications solutions, today announced that the United Kingdom Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the governmental arm charged with creating the best environment for business success in the United Kingdom, is using Interwise to offer live collaboration and communication for UK businesses trying to connect with emerging technologies.

The DTI's Key Business Technologies Strategy Unit is in the process of forming new online communities in a range of emerging technologies to promote collaboration and innovation. They will use Interwise to power the live collaboration and meeting functionality for each of the groups. …read the wave

 

 
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Nano Research: UE

FEI Company se une al Proyecto Interaction Proteome de la UE

El mayor proyecto Integrated Proteomics con fondos de la UE se centrará en los principales problemas de la salud y en las enfermedades

 

FEI Company (Nasdaq: FEIC) ha anunciado hoy que se unirá al proyecto con fondos de la UE Interaction Proteome, creado para que Europa se convierta en un líder científico internacional dentro de la proteómica funcional. Interaction Proteome, coordinado por el Max Planck Institute de Bioquímica de Martinsried (Alemania), eleva las excelencias científicas de once de las principales instituciones y compañías científicas de Europa.

El proyecto recibirá 12 millones de euros en cinco años dentro del sexto Framework Program of the European Commission para el desarrollo de las nuevas tecnologías para la investigación proteómica. Los principales objetivos del proyecto incluyen la creación de los "métodos rutinarios de la plataforma" para el análisis de las interacciones de las proteínas en la investigación biomédica, implicación de los científicos, especialistas en equipamiento y datos en varios campos.
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nano news 26 - 04 - 2004
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Nano Research USA

IBM, Stanford Collaborate on World-Class Spintronics Research

 

SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE) --IBM and Stanford University are joining forces on the advanced research and creation of new high-performance, low-power electronics in the emerging field of nanotechnology called "spintronics." To formalize the effort, scientists at IBM's Almaden Research Center and Stanford University today announced the formation of the IBM-Stanford Spintronic Science and Applications Center (SpinAps, for short).

"SpinAps researchers will work to create breakthroughs that could revolutionize the electronics industry, just as the transistor did 50 years ago," said Dr. Robert Morris, IBM VP and director of the Almaden Research Center.

Since its inception, the microelectronics industry has progressed by shrinking circuitry. This approach is becoming much more difficult, time-consuming and expensive, and there is now a worldwide search for new ideas that can deliver improved performance in smaller sizes than is possible with conventional designs. Spintronics is an exciting possibility because controlling the spin -- or magnetic orientation -- of electrons within tiny structures made of ultra-thin layers can produce such advantageous properties as low-power switching and nonvolatile information storage....read the wave

 

 

Nano Defence: USA

Army Scientists, Engineers develop Liquid Body Armor By Tonya Johnson

 

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- Liquid armor for Kevlar vests is one of the newest technologies being developed at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory to save Soldiers' lives.

This type of body armor is light and flexible, which allows soldiers to be more mobile and won't hinder an individual from running or aiming his or her weapon.

The key component of liquid armor is a shear thickening fluid. STF is composed of hard particles suspended in a liquid. The liquid, polyethylene glycol, is non-toxic, and can withstand a wide range of temperatures. Hard, nano-particles of silica are the other components of STF. This combination of flowable and hard components results in a material with unusual properties….read the wave

 

 

Future Technology: Israel

Intel Israel heralds chip breakthrough

 

A team of Israeli researchers at Intel has achieved a breakthrough in chip development that promises to change the world of computing and telecommunications within 5 to 10 years.

For the first time, the team succeeded in developing electro-optical chipsets based on silicon wafers capable of converting electronic signals to optic signals within the chip. They have the potential to be mass produced at the same cost as standard electronic chips. Currently, the manufacturing cost of an optical chip (which is not silicon based) runs into hundreds or even thousands of dollars….read the wave

 

 

Nano Biz: USA

Venture capitalists like it clean
By Terence Chea, Associated Press

 

MARTIN ROSCHEISEN, CEO of Nanosolar Inc., holds up a plastic vial filled with dark, purple liquid -- the secret ingredient behind a new kind of technology startup that's turning heads in Silicon Valley. In a private laboratory here, Nanosolar scientists are designing low-cost solar electricity cells that Roscheisen submits will make solar power competitive with conventional energy sources.

The purple liquid is a nano-engineered material that "self-assembles" into tiny solar cells that convert sunlight into electricity.

"We're at the threshold of making solar electricity profitable," says Roscheisen, whose firm raised $6.5 million last year from U.S. Venture Partners, Benchmark Capital and other investors. "We're seeing a lot of interest. We're being contacted all the time by investors." …read the wave

 

 
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Nano News: Asia

Asia's rising star: Nanotech

 

High-technology innovations such as semiconductors and information technology (IT) over the years have generated new income and hope for Asia, which still reaps the advantages and is again poised for techno-liftoff. Now the next technological revolution is beginning, generating intense and widespread interest in what Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian calls "the new century's rising star": nanotechnology.

While most of the big spending is in the United States and the West, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan are making major investments. China has plans as well, and India sees huge benefits from its existing expertise, technological advances and low labor costs. India and China, Asia's promising technology giants, however, spend very little on this technology of the future….read the wave

 

 

Nano Biz: USA

DAY-JA VU TRADING By HILARY KRAMER

 

People are talking about stocks again instead of unemployment, and day-trading ads are flooding the airwaves.

The trends are strikingly similar to those of the Internet boom, circa 1999. The equity markets show signs of life, with high volatility teasing the possibility of lucrative daily trading profits. And small, unheralded companies are attracting attention for their high growth prospects.

And it seems like proprietors of day trading software, strategies and research are bombarding individual investors in hopes of pushing them back into the day trading frenzy of the '90s.

But something's different this time around...read the wave

 

 

Nano Research : USA

Reading the fineprint of matter

 

Working with materials that are not visible to the naked eye is Meyya Meyyappan's specialty. In fact, the Indian American scientist and his three colleagues had convinced former President Bill Clinton and the US Congress to launch the National Nanotechnology Initiative when the technology was not even heard of.

Now the initiative has some $1 billion earmarked every year, with Meyyappan and his team of 60 scientists working on making nanotechnology available for future space exploration….read the wave

 

 
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Future Technology:

The physics of data recording

 

In a computer hard drive, a writing head hovers over a disk that's rapidly spinning - at up to 15,000 rotations per minute, or 150 times faster than a CD player. An electric current running in the head creates a magnetic field, which records data by turning tiny areas of the disk's surface into microscopic magnets. The disk is coated with a special, grainy material that allows only two, opposite directions of the magnetization, representing the 0 or 1 of a basic unit of data, or bit. High recording speed requires the coating material to respond and switch its poles quickly enough to record each bit reliably....read the wave

 

 

Future Technology: Renaissance Style

Museum shows off da Vinci 'car'

 

FLORENCE, Italy (AP) -- The latest rendition of Leonardo da Vinci's prolific genius is a whimsical wooden car that works like a child's spring-propelled toy and can be marveled at in a Florence museum.

The Renaissance giant, whose imagination and sketches also envisioned helicopters, submarines, airplanes and armored tanks, drew a design for a primitive kind of car on sheet number 812r of his Codex Altanticus....read the wave

 

 
Future Technology:

HOPKINS SCIENTISTS OVERCOME MAIN OBSTACLE TO MAKING TONS OF SHORT, DRUG-LIKE PROTEINS
Newswise — Two Johns Hopkins scientists have figured out a simple way to make millions upon millions of drug-like peptides quickly and efficiently, overcoming a major hurdle to creating and screening huge "libraries" of these super-short proteins for use in drug development.

"Our work dramatically increases the complexity of peptide libraries that can be created and the speed with which they can be made and processed," says Chuck Merryman, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow who developed the new technique. "In an afternoon, we'll be able to make literally millions of millions of different peptides with medicinal potential."

Usually less than 40 building blocks long, peptides act as important messengers and hormones in the body. But because their building blocks, called amino acids, are quickly recycled, peptides made from the 20 naturally occurring amino acids don't last long enough to be useful as medicines. However, adding a tiny methyl group to each amino acid gives the resulting peptide "drug-like" stability
...read the wave

 

 
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Nano Research: USA

Enzyme "Ink"
Shows Potential for Nanomanufacturing

Experiment uses biomolecules to write on a gold substrate
ARLINGTON, VA—Duke University engineers have demonstrated that enzymes can be used to create nanoscale patterns on a gold surface. Since many enzymes are already commercially available and well characterized, the potential for writing with enzyme "ink" represents an important advance in nanomanufacturing.
This research was funded by the National Science Foundation through a Nanotechnology Interdisciplinary Research Initiative (NIRT) grant.
Duke University's Ashutosh Chilkoti explains how a nanoscale "pen" laid down thin trails of enzyme "ink," which then carved out the 400-nanometer-wide channels shown in the background.
Credit: Duke University photo by Jim Wallace

Enzymes are nature's catalysts -- proteins that stimulate chemical reactions in the body and are used in a wide range of industrial processes, from wastewater treatment to cheese making to dissolving blood clots after heart attacks.

In their experiments, the engineers used an enzyme called DNase I as an "ink" in a process called dip-pen nanolithography -- a technique for etching or writing at the nanoscale level. The dip-pen allowed them to inscribe precise stripes of DNase I ink on a gold plate, which they had previously coated with a thick forest of short DNA strands. The stripes of the enzyme were 100 nanometers wide -- about one-millionth the diameter of a human hair....read the wave

 

 

Nano News: Australia

Nanotechnology helps to save water in Australia
Nanotec ranks among one of the first enterprises in Australia with a range of Nanotechnology Products ready for marketing.

 

(PRWEB) Nanotec Pty Ltd based in Sydney, Australia have announced the start of the marketing of it’s self-cleaning/easy to clean product for pavers and concrete and a product which gives glass dirt-repellent, water repellent self cleaning properties through selective surface treatment with nanoparticle solutions.

The materials have been tested in several environments and have shown long lasting to permanent durability. Both products withstand 10,000 hours of weathering in several tests and are absolute UV stable.

Thanks to the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Nanotec Pty Ltd was able to display its first products at the HIA exhibition in Sydney. The UTS Nanohouse Initiative is a collaboration between the best of Australia's scientists, engineers, architects, designers and builders - working together to design and later build a new type of ultra-energy efficient house and exploiting the new materials being developed by nanotechnology.

Nanotec Pty LTD sees a huge potential in the treatment of surfaces with nano-impregnations and nanocoatings, because of the significantly reduced cleaning cycles, the saving in water and maintenance costs and the environment friendly water based product lines.

Harald Stulajter co-founder and CEO of Nanotec said his goals for the Australian market is to replace all solvent based conventional silicon and siloxane impregnations with much more durable nano-treatments.

“Australia is the perfect market for our nanotechnology products due to the ongoing water restrictions and the strong UV radiation. In these conditions Nanotec’s products will pay for themselves.“

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Nano Products: USA

Caltech Professor Michael Roukes, Caltech, and Arrowhead Research Agree to Form Nanokinetics

New Subsidiary to Strategically Focus on Commercial Applications in Nanotech Field

PASADENA, Calif., PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Arrowhead Research Corporation (BULLETIN BOARD: ARWR) , an emerging company in the field of nanotechnology, announced today that it has reached an agreement with Dr. Michael Roukes, California Institute of Technology Professor of Physics, Applied Physics and Bioengineering, and Caltech itself, to form a new corporation, Nanokinetics, that will focus on the development of the processes and devices needed to commercialize various nanotechnology applications. Nanokinetics will be the third majority-owned subsidiary formed by Arrowhead Research.

Dr. Roukes has gained worldwide recognition through his work on the physics and fabrication of nanoscale electronic devices. He is the newly named founding Director of Caltech's Kavli Nanoscience Institute, which recently received a $7.5 million grant to foster innovative research at the frontiers of nanoscale science and engineering….read the wave

 

 
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Nano Medicine

Elan Licenses Its NanoCrystal Technology to Roche

 

Elan Pharma International Ltd., a subsidiary of Elan Corporation plc, today announced an agreement to license its proprietary NanoCrystal(TM) technology to Roche. 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.

The license agreement will provide Roche with access to NanoCrystal technology and the rights to apply the technology to a drug candidate currently in clinical development...read the wave

 

 

Nano Biz: USA

NANOPHASE TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES FIRST QUARTER 2004 RESULTS

 

Romeoville, IL, – Nanophase Technologies Corporation (Nasdaq: NANX), a technology leader, developer and commercial manufacturer of nanomaterials, announced first quarter 2004 results. Based on the financial data accompanying this release, the Company’s results are stated approximately as follows.

For the quarter ended March 31, 2004, total revenue was $1.3 million compared with $1.7 million in the same quarter of 2003. Nanophase reported a first quarter 2004 net loss of $1.47 million, or $0.09 per share (fully diluted), compared with a net loss for the first quarter of 2003 of $1.44 million, or $0.09 per share (fully diluted). The Company noted that results for the first quarter 2003 included revenue of $226,450 resulting from the sale of production equipment, designed and built by the Company, to the Company’s licensee, C. I. Kasei Co., LTD. This type of equipment sale occurs on occasion (not on a regular annual basis) and is treated as other revenue. In addition, during the first quarter of 2003, the Company experienced a high amount of sunscreen product sales compared to the remaining quarters of 2003 and the first quarter of 2004….read the wave


 

Nano Biz: USA

Majority Investment Made in New Nanotech Subsidiary by Arrowhead Research Corporation

Insert Therapeutics, Inc. to Further the Development and Commercialization of Small Molecule, Drug Delivery Systems

 

PASADENA, Calif., PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Arrowhead Research Corporation (BULLETIN BOARD: ARWR) , an emerging company in the field of nanotechnology, have announced that it has agreed to take a majority position in Insert Therapeutics, Inc., a Pasadena-based company focused on designing, developing and commercializing delivery-enhanced therapeutics using its patented class of polymers.

With research being led by Dr. Mark Davis, a professor of chemical engineering at the California Institute of Technology, Insert Therapeutics is currently expanding and leveraging its platform technology, Cyclosert(TM), through an internal small-molecule drug development program, a gene-therapy collaboration with San Diego-based Canji, Inc., a subsidiary of Schering-Plough….read the wave

 

 

Nano Chemical: USA

New coating for inorganic nanoscale particles

 

A UCLA-led team of chemists has created a new coating for inorganic nanoscale particles that may disguise them as proteins, a process that lets the particles function as probes that can penetrate the cell and illuminate proteins inside. This unique process, published online (April 22) in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, has the potential for application in a wide range of drug development, medications and diagnostic tools.

The peptide coatings trick live cells into thinking the nanoparticles are "benign, protein-like particles," according to Shimon Weiss, UCLA professor of chemistry and a member of the university's California Nanosystems Institute.

For more information contact Michael J. Bernstein

 

 

Nano Books: USA

"Nanophotonics,"

T he first book that comprehensively covers the science behind light and matter interacting on the nanoscale -- has been written by a UB professor.

 

Like any emerging technology, nanophotonics -- the science behind light and matter interacting on the nanoscale -- is ripe for all kinds of claims ranging from the sublime to the far-fetched.

So it is an opportune time for the publication of Nanophotonics (John Wiley & Sons, March 2004), the first book to comprehensively cover nanophotonics, both as a fundamental phenomenon and as the origin of technologies and devices that will impact fields ranging from information technology to drug delivery.
Authored by Paras N. Prasad, Ph.D., SUNY Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University at Buffalo and executive director of UB's Institute for Lasers, Photonics and Biophotonics, Nanophotonics is written so that it can be understood by established scientists and advanced undergraduates alike. ...read the wave

 

 

Future Technology: Japan

Robots offer devotion, no strings attached

Machines take center stage amid dearth of human contact for sick, elderly
By YURI KAGEYAMA

 

OBU, Aichi Pref. (AP) The elderly patients suffer from severe dementia, but their faces light up when they see the dog-shaped robot, swaddled in soft clothing, waddle around the hospital floor.
Some clap; others break into feeble smiles. Urged by nurses, a few cautiously reach out and touch it. "It's cute," one female patient cries out.

This is one in a budding series of robot-therapy sessions at Japanese hospitals and senior citizens' homes. To some scientists, robots are the answer to caring for the aged in Japan and other nations where the young are destined to be overwhelmed by a surging elderly population…read the wave

 

 

Nano Electronics:

VLSI papers weigh 65nm, new circuits

 

While technologists look to 65-nanometer nodes, circuit designers by and large are two generations back. So it's no surprise that as a string of 65nm papers are delivered at the 2004 Symposium on VLSI Technology, fast circuits built at 130nm will take center stage at the accompanying VLSI Circuits Symposium.

The meetings are planned for the week of June 15 in Honolulu, preceded by a satellite IEEE Workshop on Silicon Nanoelectronics on June 13-14.

The 65nm process papers from NEC, STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments, TSMC and others are clearly the highlight of the technology symposium. Researchers at NEC Corp.'s system devices research lab will discuss a 65nm technology with a variable supply voltage and back-bias control to keep power consumption under control. Texas Instruments Inc. engineers will present a 65nm technology with back-bias and voltage islands. A set of data-retention registers is used when the device is in sleep mode….read the wave

 

 

Nano Biz: USA

Major Shareholder of Altair Nanotechnologies, Inc. Calls for Termination of Mining Directors, Personnel and Projects

 

RENO, Nevada, PRNewswire/ -- Lou Schnur, a major shareholder of Altair Nanotechnologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALTI) , has called on Altair's directors to instruct management to immediately sell or mothball its chronically unprofitable mining operations and focus exclusively on nanotechnology opportunities.

Altair is a company engaged in developing nanomaterials, titanium dioxide pigment technology, and materials science focused on nanostructures.

Schnur has filed a Schedule 13D with the Securities and Exchange Commission outlining generally the views expressed in this release...read the wave

 

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Nano Electronics: USA

Stacked, packed nanowires hold triplexed megadata

Scientists have created a novel transistor architecture using molecular-scale nanowire memory cells. It promises unprecedently compact data storage.

 

A novel transistor architecture using molecular-scale nanowire memory cells holds the promise of unprecedently compact data storage.

Researchers at the University of Southern California and the NASA Ames Research Center have successfully tested a self-assembled molecular memory device they say has the potential of holding 40 Gigabits per square centimeter -- a far greater density than any achieved on silicon.

Furthermore, says Chongwu Zhou, an assistant professor in the USC Viterbi School department of electrical engineering, because of the self-assembly feature, such ultra dense memory devices can likely be cheaper than the silicon flash memories now widely used in digital cameras, "memory sticks" and other applications. …read the wave

 

 
Nano Research: USA

Industry, Academic Leaders Unveil Campaign on Economic Growth and Job Creation; Research and Innovation Are the Keys to America's Future


WASHINGTON, April 21 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Leaders from the technology industry and academia today unveiled an advocacy campaign to illustrate the importance of basic research to the future of American innovation, economic growth and job creation.

The initiative, targeted at policy makers and the public, will seek to reverse a decline in federal investment in basic research in the physical sciences and engineering that puts at risk the development of new technologies, new industries, and high-value jobs.

"U.S. competitiveness in global markets and the creation of good jobs at home rely increasingly on the cutting edge innovation that stems from high-risk basic research," said Craig Barrett, CEO of Intel Corporation and chairman of the Computer Systems Policy Project. "We 're here to help policy makers understand that U.S. technological leadership, innovation and jobs of tomorrow require a commitment to basic research funding today."...read the wave

 

 

Nano Research: Europe

Clean building By Stuart Nathan

 

A consortium of European firms in the chemicals and construction sectors are testing a range of building materials which will not only clean themselves, but might also eat environmental pollution.
UK-based Millennium Chemicals is among the companies involved, along with the European Commission's Joint Research Centre in Ispa, Italy

The consortium is part of a project rejoicing in the name PICADA (photocatalytic innovative coverings applications for de-pollution assessment). This is developing a series of materials, including plaster, mortar, architectural concrete and coatings, which contain titanium dioxide particles. ….read the wave

 

 

Nano Research: Northern Ireland

University of Ulster Opens Nanotechnology Research Institute

 

BELFAST, Northern Ireland, PRNewswire/ -- The University of Ulster have just opened a new Nanotechnology Research Institute at its Jordanstown campus in Northern Ireland

The GBP8m research institute will position Northern Ireland at the forefront of nanotechnology research in the UK, and will be a catalyst for the future growth in the biotechnology, medical devices and textile industrial sectors.
The formal opening ceremony was performed by Nobel Laureate Professor Ivar Giaever, who won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1973.

Funded by investment from EU, research councils, HEFCE, industry and Invest Northern Ireland, the new facility will focus on research into
- bio-sensing
- tissue-engineering
- drug delivery
- surface science
- nanotubes
- plasma technology
- nano-scale patterning
- nano-scale manipulation

…read the wave


 
Nano Research: Japan / China

"Drawing" with Nanoparticles

Defined patterns of gold nanoparticles in transparent materials - optoelectronic building blocks of the future?

 

Small but impressive: nanoparticles are so tiny that they are somewhere between individual atoms and "normal" solid particles. Their optical and electronic properties are correspondingly intriguing.

Collaborating Japanese and Chinese researchers have now developed a method by which gold nanoparticles can be deposited so precisely that it is possible to use them to "draw" colorful, three-dimensional pictures in transparent materials
….read the news

 

 
Nano Event: Canada

Major Nano/Micro Commercialization Leaders Headline COMS 2004

Edmonton conference to spotlight emerging $500 billion world industry


EDMONTON, A line-up of key global nano and microsystems leaders will tackle the challenges and opportunities of transforming research breakthroughs into commercial reality during the 9th Annual Conference on the Commercialization of Micro and Nano Systems (COMS 2004) in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Aug. 29 - Sept. 2, 2004. COMS is the only international conference on the commercialization of microsystems and nanotechnology, bringing together key business and technical professionals from every segment of the supply chain, including equipment suppliers, end users, financial experts and top researchers
….read the wave

 

 

Future Technology: UK

Fertile ground for waste By Stuart Nathan

 

Excess CO2 generation could be a solution rather than a problem, according to a team at the US Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington.
Researchers led by Jim Amonette have found that treating soil with furnace waste can increase its ability to absorb carbon-containing molecules.

Carbon depletion in soil is becoming widespread, especially in the US. 'Globally, soils contain four times as much carbon as the atmosphere, and half the soil carbon is in the form of organic matter,' says Amonette. Tilling the soil releases the carbon - and putting it back is more difficult than it seems, Amonette says
….read the wave

 

 

Nano Products: Hungary

ComGenex gibt die erfolgreiche Integration der ersten durchgehenden "Flow Bench" Top-Hydrogenierungs-Reaktoreinheit bekannt

 

BUDAPEST, Ungarn, PRNewswire/ -- ComGenex Inc., führender Service-Anbieter im Bereich Arzneimittelerforschung, hat heute bekannt gegeben, dass es die erste Phase der Integration der ersten durchgehenden "Flow-bench" Top-Hydrogenierungseinheit überhaupt zur Verwendung bei Multimodus-Funktionen , z.B. Parallelsynthese, Individualsynthese und Scale-up, abgeschlossen hat. Die Einheit, entwickelt vom Spin-off-Unternehmen von ComGenex, Thales Nanotechnology Inc., verwendet Multifluidiks, interne Wasserstoff-Generierung und ersetzbare katalytische Reaktionskammern, um eine breite Vielzahl von katalytischen Hydrogenierungen bei bis zu 100 Bar und 100 Grad Celsius sicher durchzuführen…read the wave

 

 

Future Technology: USA

Teaching Robots to Herd Cats By Michelle Delio

 

Robots designed for emergency rescue work can survive a six-story drop onto collapsed, jagged concrete. They can be thrown 100 feet into a disaster site. They can even cope with poisonous chemicals, fires, freezing temperatures and floods. But, like most rugged individualists, they don't play well with others.

When robots are set loose at a rescue site, the situation can become chaotic quickly, which lessens the advantage of having a swarm of robots to help human rescuers. There's no way for the robots to coordinate their activities autonomously. A human operator must control them individually, making robotic searches less efficient. Right now, even with state-of-the-art technology, rescue robots essentially lose interest in their tasks when left on their own. They simply wander off or shut down….read the wave

 

 

Nano Products: USA

Lucent Technologies Awarded Two Contracts Valued at $26 Million By United States' Department of Defense

Bell Labs to lead next-generation laser and optical communication research and development programs for the U.S. Government

 

MURRAY HILL, N.J., PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The U.S. Department of Defence has awarded Lucent Technologies (NYSE:LU) two contracts valued at $26 million -- a contract worth $13.4 million for the second phase of the Coherent Communications Imaging and Targeting (CCIT) program, as well as a $12.5 million contract for the Integrated Router Interconnected Spectrally (IRIS) program. The goal of the CCIT program is to demonstrate new technologies for doing high-speed and long-range laser communication, while IRIS will focus on the next-generation of super-fast, ultra-high capacity optical communications.

Today's announcement marks the third advanced research and development contract Lucent has received in as many months valued at $37.4 million. In February, Lucent was awarded a one-year, $11.5 million award to research, develop and demonstrate an ultra-high capacity, highly secure ad-hoc wireless communications system for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Mobile Networked Multiple-Input, Multiple-Output (MIMO) program….read the wave

 

 
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Nano Research: USA

Ultra-fast laser allows efficient, accessible nanoscale machining

 

ANN ARBOR, Mich.---Think of a microscopic milling machine, capable of cutting just about any material with better-than-laser precision, in 3-D---and at the nanometer scale.

In a paper published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, University of Michigan researchers explain how and why using a femtosecond pulsed laser enables extraordinarily precise nanomachining. The capabilities of the ultra-fast or ultra-short pulsed laser have significant implications for basic scientific research, and for practical applications in the nanotechnology industry…read the wave


 
Future Technology USA

ActivelyCooled"!
A New Cryogen-Free Technology for NMR

Oxford Instruments and Varian, Inc. Announce a World First in NMR Technology


MONTEREY, Calif., PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Oxford Instruments Superconductivity and Varian, Inc. have announced a world first in nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) technology with the launch of the revolutionary range of ActivelyCooled(TM) NMR magnets, jointly developed and tested by the two companies.

The breakthrough was announced at the Experimental Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Conference (ENC) in Monterey, California, which is the major annual meeting for NMR scientists….read the wave

 

 
Nano Patents: Europe

BioSante Pharmaceuticals Announces Notice of Allowance For CAP Nanotechnology Patent by European Patent Office

 

LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE--BioSante Pharmaceuticals (Amex:BPA) have announced that it has received a notice of allowance from the European Patent Office (EPO) accepting BioSante's patent application for the manufacturing process of the company's unique calcium phosphate nanoparticles (CAP).

The EPO has stated that it intends to grant patent protection covering BioSante's proprietary manufacturing process for its CAP nanoparticles, including its manufacture with antigens for vaccines and therapeutic proteins. The company was awarded a patent on the manufacturing process for its CAP nanoparticles in the United States in 2002. …read the wave


 

Nano Electronics: Europe

“PIONEER PATENT” ISSUED FOR EFFICIENT NANOSCALE ENERGY CONVERSION

 

Efficient conversion of energy from heat to electricity or electricity to cooling is closer today than ever before, with a new breakthrough in nanotechnology engineering techniques.


Power Chips plc (PWCHF) and Cool Chips plc (COLCF), both majority-owned subsidiaries of Borealis Exploration Limited (BOREF), announce that they have received a breakthrough patent covering the use of highly efficient electron thermotunnelling to produce either electrical power or cooling. The patent, titled “Thermionic Vacuum Diode Device With Adjustable Electrodes” No. 6,720,704 was issued by the US Patent Office on April 13th 2004….read the wave


 
Nano Patents: USA

PATENT OFFICE STRUGGLES TO STAY AHEAD OF NANOTECH INDUSTRY
By Juliana Gruenwald Small Times Correspondent

 

WASHINGTON,– As the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) prepares to hold a second nanotechnology outreach meeting today, the agency is still struggling to get ahead of this new and dynamic industry.


The agency has come under some scrutiny in the past few years for how it has handled nanotech patent applications. Some observers say, despite its efforts to educate its examiners about nanotechnology, the agency still faces structural impediments that make it difficult to adequately examine patents being filed by nanotechnology researchers and companies….read the wave


 
Nano Event: USA

Commercial Opportunities in Nanotechnology and its Application in Drug Discovery and Delivery to Be Featured at October Conference

 

NEW YORK, /PRNewswire/ -- The use of nanotechnology as a discovery platform, as well in drug delivery and diagnostic tools will be featured as part of a two-day forum to be held in Boston, MA, focusing on commercial and scientific aspects, announces Strategic Research Institute.


The meeting will be comprised of approximately twenty, thirty-minute presentations on recent data on the development and application of nanotechnology, featuring industry leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and researchers.
Following the plenary session, an audience interactive panel, moderated by Draper Fisher Jurvetson, will convene to address commercial and investment opportunities in Nanotechnology applied to life sciences.


For additional information, including speaking opportunities, and sponsorship/exhibition information, please contact Steve J. Kuperberg at skuperberg@srinstitute.com or call (212) 967 0095 ext. 261

 

 

Nano Debate: USA

Intel CEO Calls for More U.S. Research Spending
By Andy Sullivan

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government should reduce subsidies for "industries of the 19th century" and increase spending on research that sparks high-tech innovation, Intel Corp. (Nasdaq:INTC - news) CEO Craig Barrett said on Tuesday.

Flanked by a Nobel-winning scientist and lobbyists for education and industry groups, Barrett said the United States needs to boost research spending by at least 10 percent over the next five years to enjoy continued economic prosperity…read the wave


 

Future Technology: USA

Outta here!

After four Earth-bound decades, gravity experiment launches

 

Airborne at last! Forty-five years after its conception and 41 years after its initial funding, the Gravity Probe B (GP-B) experiment has finally launched. On April 20 at 9:57 a.m., a Boeing Delta II rocket sent the probe 400 miles high and into polar orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Southern California.

``This is a great moment and a great responsibility, the outcome of a unique collaboration of physicists and engineers to develop this near-perfect instrument to test Einstein`s theory of gravity,`` said Stanford Research Professor Francis Everitt, co-principal investigator of the experiment with Professor Emeritus Brad Parkinson. ``We are very grateful for all the support we have received at NASA and elsewhere for this exacting effort, truly a new venture in fundamental physics.``
…read the wave


 

Nano Electronics: USA

Speaker offers solutions to 'tyranny of interconnects' By Richard Goering, EEdesign

 

PHOENIX, Ariz. " The "tyranny of interconnects" is threatening the timing, power, and cost of next-generation chips, according to James Meindl, director of the Microelectronics Research Center at the Georgia Institute of Technology. At a keynote speech at the International Symposium on Physical Design (ISPD '04) here, Meindl presented leading-edge research in electrical, optical, and thermal interconnects.

Meindl said that interconnect has become the deciding factor with respect to the latency, energy dissipation, and masking levels of chips. At 100 nm, he noted, the intrinsic switching delay of a MOSFET is 5 ps., whereas the RC response time for 1 mm of interconnect is 30 ps. At 35 nm, this 6-to-1 differential turns into a 100-to-1 difference….read the wave

 

 

Future Technology: EU

EU high-tech industry starting to delocalise, warns Commission

 

While it cannot discern a general trend towards de-industrialisation, the Commission has expressed concerns at the danger of high-tech and services sectors leaving the EU.

In recent years, industry leaders and politicians alike have voiced their fears about the EU's manufacturing base moving out of Europe to benefit from cheaper labour and lower social costs in countries like China and India. This trend of 'de-industrialisation' has been blamed on inflexible labour market regulations, high social costs and increasing regulatory burdens on industry in the EU
...read the wave

 

 

Nano Research: Germany

Elektrochemische Abscheidung von nanoskaliertem Silizium in Ionischen Flüssigkeiten

 

Der Arbeitsgruppe von Prof. Endres am Institut für Metallurgie der TU Clausthal ist es kürzlich als erste gelungen, bei Raumtemperatur in einer Ionischen Flüssigkeit nanoskaliertes Silizium herzustellen. Nanoskaliertes Silizium ist von Bedeutung für optische Sensoren oder Laser, bei denen die Wellenlänge für Absorption bzw. Emission allein durch Wahl der Kristallitgröße eingestellt werden könnte. Im Vergleich zu den etablierten physikalischen Herstellungsverfahren zeichnet sich ein elektrochemisches Verfahren durch seinen vergleichsweise einfachen experimentellen Aufbau aus. Mit dem Rastertunnelmikroskop und der in situ Tunnelspektroskopie konnte gezeigt werden, dass das abgeschiedene Silizium elementar und halbleitend anfällt [1]
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Nano Research: Germany

Nanoröhrchen speichern weniger Wasserstoff als bisher angenommen

( All our German News courtesy of www.innovations-report.de )

 

Keine Studie hat bisher eine Adsorption mit einem beständigen Druck während der Monoschichten-Belegung untersucht. Jeremy Lawrence und seine Kollegen von der McMaster University in Ontario haben die Kapazität von Nanoröhrchen zur Aufnahme von Wasserstoff erneut überprüft und kommen zu einem überraschenden Ergebnis.

Die ermittelte Adsorptionsrate eines Bündels, das aus reinen einwandigen Kohlenstoff-Nanoröhren zusammengesetzt ist, war wesentlich geringer als bisherige Annahmen. Bei Raumtemperatur und einem Druck von 300 Atmosphären betrug der Anteil des aufgenommenen Gases nur 0,9 Gewichtsprozent.

www.nano-invests.de und Applied Physics Letters 84, 918-920 (2004).

McMaster University, Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Herr Jeremy Lawrence
CDN-L8S 4 Ontario

www.neuematerialien.de
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Nano Research: USA

Aberration-corrected microscopes bring 2020 vision to the nano-world

New electron microscopes could hold keys to scientific mysteries, future advances in technology

Advances in electron microscopy at Lehigh University are promising to shed light on the atoms of the nano-world that play a disproportionate role in the efficiency and safety of everyday materials.

This spring, with support from the National Science Foundation, Lehigh will become the first university in the world to have two aberration-corrected electron microscopes.

The new instruments will give scientists an ability they have long sought: to simultaneously image and determine the chemical identity of individual atoms in crystalline materials.

Lehigh has purchased a new, JEOL 2200FS transmission electron microscope (TEM) fitted with an aberration-correction device. …read the wave

 

 

Nano Products: Global

GLOBAL NANOCATALYST MARKET FORECAST TO REACH $5 BILLION BY 2008

 

A catalyst is a substance that increases the rate of a chemical reaction by reducing the required activation energy, but which is left unchanged by the reaction. In addition to speeding up certain chemical reactions, catalysts also can be used to alter the temperature at which various reactions take place and thus make them feasible. Nanocatalysts represent the convergence of a mature technology-catalysts-with a new one-nanotechnology. The extent of the catalyst market is not apparent to the casual observer because catalysts are mostly used in intermediate processing steps, but catalysts are a multi-billion dollar industry. Nanocatalysts are nanoscale materials that have at least one nanoscale dimension, or have been subjected to nanoscale structural modification in order to enhance their catalytic activity. This definition encompasses a number of commercially well-established types of catalysts, as well as a number of emerging new technologies.

According to a soon-to-be-released report from Business Communications Company, Inc. (www.bccresearch.com) RGB-281 Nanocatalysts, the global market for nanocatalysts is projected to approach $3.7 billion in 2004 and is expected to reach $5.0 billion in 2009. ...read the wave

 

 
Nano Defence: USA

Emergency Filtration Products Invited to Apply for US Navy-Funded Technology Transfer Project

 

Emergency Filtration Products Inc. (EFP) (OTCBB: EMFP) announced that it has been invited to apply for participation in an US Navy-funded Technology Transfer project (Center of the Commercialization of Advanced Technology (CCAT)) and the Office of Technology Transfer and Commercialization (OTTC) which encompasses filter technology products.

If selected and approved, EFP will build two filter product prototypes, both of which will employ the company's patented 2H filter technology. One of the prototypes will be built with the additional protection offered by the company's proprietary nanotechnology process in which the filter prototype will be treated with a coating of nano particles. The prototypes, which are expected to take approximately one month to build, are designed for a large number of potential applications, including, but not limited to: biohazard masks, transportation (aircraft, tanks, armored personnel carriers) and buildings (military, industrial, office and residential)
….read the wave

 

 

Nano Defence: USA

Pentagon official says nanotechnology a high priority By Ted Leventhal

 

The U.S. military expects advances in nanotechnology to impact every major weapons system and is spending hundreds of millions of dollars annually on various research programs, a senior military science adviser said Thursday at a meeting of nanotechnology specialists

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"Nanotechnology is one of the highest priority science and technology programs in the Defense Department," said Clifford Lau, the senior science adviser in the Pentagon's office of basic research. Lau, who also serves as president of the nanotechnology council at the engineering group IEEE, said research is being coordinated across the military branches, and plans are in place to transition the technology from basic research to deployment…read the wave


 
Nano Medicine: USA

Cell Signaling Technology, Inc. and Zeptosens AG Enter Into Antibody Supply and License Agreement

 

BEVERLY, Mass. & WITTERSWIL, Switzerland--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Cell Signaling Technology, Inc. (CST) and Zeptosens AG, announced the signing of a supply and license agreement, for the use and resale of certain CST reagents by Zeptosens in conjunction with its ZeptoMARK(TM) protein microarray platform.

These reagents include phospho-specific antibodies to key signaling molecules and important therapeutic targets for pharmaceutical drug discovery such as kinases. Kinases are the primary mediators of signaling, modulating nearly every cellular process by phosphorylating protein substrates to regulate their function.

The ZeptoMARK(TM) CeLyA (Cell Lysate Arrays) in combination with CST's specific antibodies provides a complete, high performance microarray system for efficient monitoring of protein expression and fast, quantitative protein activation profiling…read the wave


 
Nano Biz: USA

Novavax Added to Merrill Lynch Nanotech Index

 

COLUMBIA, Md., PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Novavax, Inc. (NASDAQ:NVAX) have announced that its stock has been added to the Merrill Lynch Nanotech Index, effective from, April 19, 2004.

The index, which was created in March 2004, includes 22 companies that indicate in public documents that nanotechnology initiatives represent a significant component of their future business strategy.

"We are pleased to be included in the Merrill Lynch Nanotech Index," commented Nelson M. Sims, President and CEO. "Our micellar nanoparticle (MNP) technology is one of Novavax's most exciting drug delivery platforms and its commercial viability has already been validated with the recent FDA approval of ESTRASORB(R), the Company's proprietary topical emulsion for estrogen therapy

...read the wave


 
MEMS : Germany

World's First Automated Cluster Probe System Developed by SUSS

SUSS is the first to automate multiple test protocols in one tool saving fab's time and expensive clean room real estate as well as providing application flexibility

 

MUNICH, Germany--- SUSS MicroTec AG (ticker symbol FWB: SMH), an innovator in test technology for the semiconductor industry, has introduced a totally new concept in production test - the Cluster Probing System (CPS) which saves money and valuable real estate by combining multiple test configurations within one system.

Utilizing the technology behind SUSS' highly successful lithography cluster tools, SUSS created a back-end test system with the production efficiency found in front-end fab tools. SUSS'innovative CPS concept (patent pending) consists of a family of high throughput probe systems (currently up to 6) configured around a single high-speed robotic Material Handling Unit (MHU). This revolutionary solution increases test capacity and lowers cost of ownership compared to stand-alone test systems…read the wave


 

Nano Products: China

China develops first nano-satellite:

China successfully sent into space Nano-satellite I, the first nanotechnology-based satellite ever developed by the country independently, early Monday.

 

China successfully sent into space Nano-satellite I, the first nanotechnology-based satellite ever developed by the country independently, early Monday.

The successful launch has made China the fourth country in the world that is capable of launching nano-satellites after Russia, the United States and Britain, Chinese space experts said…read the wave

 

 
Nano Defence: Israel

Israeli scientists sharing vital information with U.S. security organizations

 

The worldwide fight against terror is not only taking place on the battlefield. In the labs of Israeli universities like the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, scientists are developing progressive methods to deal with the increasing unconventional threats to the Western world.

According to Ha'aretz the dean of the Technion chemistry faculty, Professor Ehud Keinan, recently shared his information on some technological breakthroughs with the U.S. umbrella organization for security technology - the TSWG (Technical Support Working Group) - which includes about 80 organizations that specialize in security (for example, the CIA, FBI, Federal Aviation Administration and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.) ...read the wave

 

 

Nano Electronics: USA

Xerox unveils polymer electronic process
By Chappell Brown

 

Hancock,N.H. — Xerox Corp. disclosed details of a nearly complete polymer electronic process that could run on inkjet printers during a presentation at the Material Research Society's spring meeting this week in San Francisco.

Beng Ong, a Xerox Fellow who has been spearheading the polymer electronics effort, said three different electronic ink processes could create semiconductors, conductors and dielectrics — the three ingredients needed for integrated circuits — in a printable process....read the wave

 

 
nano news 19 - 04 - 2004
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MEMS : Germany

World's First Automated Cluster Probe System Developed by SUSS

SUSS is the first to automate multiple test protocols in one tool saving fab's time and expensive clean room real estate as well as providing application flexibility

 

MUNICH, Germany--- SUSS MicroTec AG (ticker symbol FWB: SMH), an innovator in test technology for the semiconductor industry, has introduced a totally new concept in production test - the Cluster Probing System (CPS) which saves money and valuable real estate by combining multiple test configurations within one system.

Utilizing the technology behind SUSS' highly successful lithography cluster tools, SUSS created a back-end test system with the production efficiency found in front-end fab tools. SUSS'innovative CPS concept (patent pending) consists of a family of high throughput probe systems (currently up to 6) configured around a single high-speed robotic Material Handling Unit (MHU). This revolutionary solution increases test capacity and lowers cost of ownership compared to stand-alone test systems…read the wave


 

Nano Products: China

China develops first nano-satellite:

China successfully sent into space Nano-satellite I, the first nanotechnology-based satellite ever developed by the country independently, early Monday.

 

China successfully sent into space Nano-satellite I, the first nanotechnology-based satellite ever developed by the country independently, early Monday.

The successful launch has made China the fourth country in the world that is capable of launching nano-satellites after Russia, the United States and Britain, Chinese space experts said…read the wave

 

 
Nano Defence: Israel

Israeli scientists sharing vital information with U.S. security organizations

 

The worldwide fight against terror is not only taking place on the battlefield. In the labs of Israeli universities like the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, scientists are developing progressive methods to deal with the increasing unconventional threats to the Western world.

According to Ha'aretz the dean of the Technion chemistry faculty, Professor Ehud Keinan, recently shared his information on some technological breakthroughs with the U.S. umbrella organization for security technology - the TSWG (Technical Support Working Group) - which includes about 80 organizations that specialize in security (for example, the CIA, FBI, Federal Aviation Administration and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.) ...read the wave

 

 
Future Technology

The Mobile Mandate

 

Just as we do when we look back at old pictures of switchboard operators and manual typewriters, future generations are going to view our world as rather quaint and full of inefficiencies. Sitting in the old rocking chair, remembering the days of laptops and cell phones, we'll have to endure a younger generation's incredulity: "You mean you actually had to dial a phone number?.
..read the wave

 

 

Nano Biz: USA

Michigan firm excited about dendrimer research, funding By Steve Pardo

 

It's not surprising that Dr. Donald Tomalia has always been upbeat about the commercialization and viability of dendrimers. After all, he was the original creator of nanoscale polymers.

But Tomalia, who invented dendrimers in 1979 while a senior scientist at Midland-based Dow Chemical Co, is more excited than usual now. In addition to his company's recent receipt of $1 million in funding, Tomalia said there is exciting news on the R&D scene as well. He said researchers have come up with ways to make precise nanoscale molecules, molecules measured in the billionths of meters, cheaper….read the wave

 

 

Nano Electronics: USA

Xerox unveils polymer electronic process
By Chappell Brown

 

Hancock,N.H. — Xerox Corp. disclosed details of a nearly complete polymer electronic process that could run on inkjet printers during a presentation at the Material Research Society's spring meeting this week in San Francisco.

Beng Ong, a Xerox Fellow who has been spearheading the polymer electronics effort, said three different electronic ink processes could create semiconductors, conductors and dielectrics — the three ingredients needed for integrated circuits — in a printable process....read the wave

 

 

Nano Research: Germany

The Small and the Beautiful

 

Max Planck researchers use nanotechnology to visualize cellular processes crucial for the development of new cancer drugs. With the help of semiconductor nanocystals, researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Goettingen, Germany, and their collaborators at the Universidad de Buenos Aires are now able to capture movies of signal transmission processes involved in the control of gene expression (Nature Biotechnology, February 2004 issue).

This breakthrough is expected to speed up the development of new cancer-curing drugs. Quantum Dots (or QDs) can be used as nano-sized markers to visualize DNA sequences, proteins, or other molecules and track them in the cell. The complexes consisting of QDs and specific ligands, in this case a cellular growth factor, bind to target molecules such as receptors on the cell surface. The QDs glow in a variety of colors and are up to 1000 times brighter than conventional fluorescent dyes….read the wave

 

 
Nano Research: In German

Effiziente Solarzellen durch Nanopartikel
Los Alamos National Laboratory

Victor Klimov und seinen Kollegen vom Los Alamos National Laboratory ist es mit der Hilfe von Bleiselenid-Partikeln mit Durchmessern kleiner 10 Nanometer gelungen, die Ausbeute an entstehenden Elektronen-Loch-Paaren bei Lichteinstrahlung zu steigern.

In konventionellen Solarzellen wird durch jedes auftreffende Licht-Quant ein solches Ladungsträgerpaar erzeugt, das in der Folge für den Stromtransport verantwortlich ist….read the wave

 

 
Nano Research: UK

Fiber Spun from Nanotube Smoke

Researchers from the University of Cambridge in England have developed a relatively simple way to manufacture continuous fibers of carbon nanotubes.
Carbon nanotubes are rolled-up sheets of carbon atoms that are stronger than steel by weight, have useful electrical and optical properties, and can be narrower than a single nanometer. A nanometer is one millionth of a millimeter.

The relatively simple method promises to make it possible to more cheaply produce…read the wave

 

 
 
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Nano Research: USA

First 3-D look at diesel particles gives clues to cleaner enginescs

 

ARGONNE, Ill. – In the first use ever of a new three-dimensional technique to study diesel engine emissions, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory developed information that could lead to improved exhaust-cleaning devices, ways for industry to meet environmental regulations, and new insights on the impact to public health from diesel engine emissions.

Engineers at Argonne's Center for Transportation Research determined that emission particles are not spheres, as is usually assumed, and that shape varies depending on engine speed and load.

Emissions from diesel engines are of concern because, like their gasoline counterparts, they contain nitrogen oxides – NOx – that contribute to smog and global warming. Also like gasoline engines, diesel engines produce exhaust that contains nano-sized particles, which can be inhaled and might cause health problems....read the wave


 

Guest Writer: Dr. Pearl Chin PhD, MBA

Nanotechnology in a Nutshell

So what is nanotechnology exactly?

So why should we care about nanotechnology?

What can it do for me? ...read the wave

 

Nano Debate:

Will nanotech save the world or is it mostly hype?
By Marsha Walton CNN

 

GAITHERSBURG, Maryland (CNN) -- Nanotechnology is often mentioned as the tool that will dramatically alter the future.

While its benefits are still years away from reaching the public, scientists hope nanotechnology -- the manipulation of atoms as raw materials -- will eventually live up to the hype it's received for its potential to advance medicine, electronics and manufacturing.

From helping diagnose diseases more accurately to keeping computers running more smoothly, the manipulation of atoms is a challenge with a whole new set of rules. The scientists who work with these tiniest of raw materials see a world just as mesmerizing as those who study the farthest reaches of outer space
….read the wave

 

 
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Something for the Weekend :

PCs 'infested' with spy programs

 

The average computer is packed with hidden software that can secretly spy on online habits, a study has found.

The US net provider EarthLink said it uncovered an average of 28 spyware programs on each PC scanned during the first three months of the year.
Spyware is a broad term for programs that hide on a person's computer without their knowledge.

It has become so pervasive that lawmakers in the US are looking into ways to prevent or regulate it.

Hidden away, The Spy Audit by EarthLink reflects the results of scans involving over one million computers between January and March….read the wave

 

 

Nano Patents:

NANO-C LICENSES PATENTS TO ENABLE
FIRST COMMERCIAL COMBUSTION PRODUCTION OF CARBON NANOTUBES

Expanded License Allows Nano-C to Apply Cost-Saving Combustion Production Method to Additional Nano-Structured Carbon Materials

 

WESTWOOD, MA, -- Nano-C, Inc., the leader in manufacturing technologies used in the high-volume combustion synthesis and refining of fullerenes, today announced it has exclusively licensed patents from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that enable it to produce a range of nanostructured carbon materials critical to companies developing nanotechnology applications.

The agreement enables Nano-C to apply its combustion synthesis method to produce carbon nanotubes for a fraction of current costs, as well as fullerenic black -- a material composed of curved lattice structures of incomplete fullerenes -- and other related carbon nanostructures….read the wave

 

 
Nano Biz:USA

Merrill Revamps Index

By Donna Fuscaldo
Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES

 

NEW YORK (Dow Jones)--Two weeks after launching its nanotechnology index, Merrill Lynch said Friday it is changing the criteria for companies included in the index.

In a research report, an analyst said the index will only include companies that indicate in public documents that nanotechnology initiatives "represent a significant component of their future businesses strategy."
Prior to this change, Merrill had included companies that have a "significant percentage of future profits tied to nanotech."

Merrill analyst Steven Milunovich said changing the criteria will make the index more transparent for investors…read the wave

 

 

Nano Research: USA

Atom-scale images give materials researchers new tool for developing advanced ceramics

 

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., — New atom-scale images from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory promise to provide researchers the ability to predict and model the properties and behavior of advanced ceramic materials.

A paper published in the April 15, 2004, issue of the scientific journal Nature describes research that would represent a valuable advantage in the development of strong and heat-resistant materials for a variety of applications.

The work, by ORNL researchers Stephen Pennycook of the Condensed Matter Sciences Division, Gayle Painter and Paul Becher of the Metals and Ceramics Division and visiting researcher Naoya Shibata, reveals, in world-record 0.7 angstrom resolution, the preferred location of atoms within a silicon nitride ceramic.

Where specific atoms reside is key to the...read the wave


 
 
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Nano Research: USA

Atom-scale images give materials researchers new tool for developing advanced ceramics

 

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., — New atom-scale images from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory promise to provide researchers the ability to predict and model the properties and behavior of advanced ceramic materials.

A paper published in the April 15, 2004, issue of the scientific journal Nature describes research that would represent a valuable advantage in the development of strong and heat-resistant materials for a variety of applications.

The work, by ORNL researchers Stephen Pennycook of the Condensed Matter Sciences Division, Gayle Painter and Paul Becher of the Metals and Ceramics Division and visiting researcher Naoya Shibata, reveals, in world-record 0.7 angstrom resolution, the preferred location of atoms within a silicon nitride ceramic.

Where specific atoms reside is key to the...read the wave


 

Nano Funding: USA

NanoMarkets Releases New White Paper on the Nanotechnology Industry

 

GLEN ALLEN, Va.,/PRNewswire/ -- NanoMarkets, LC, a leading nanotechnology market research and analysis firm based here, today announced the release of the second in its series of white papers that examines business and market trends for the emerging nanotech space. Titled "Can Nano Create New Markets?" this paper discusses issues and obstacles facing the nanotech industry with respect to commercialization, technology evolution and business creation. The paper can be accessed from the firm's website at www.nanomarkets.net.

According to NanoMarkets' new white paper, the time has arrived for nanotech entrepreneurs, marketers and business types to take over from the scientists and drive the nano industry forward towards greater commercial application and less "cool science." Nano is not creating the new markets it was supposed to and could very well become the victim of hype-and-deflate media and financial cycles. NanoMarkets notes a new skepticism in the way the popular and financial media are now covering nanotechnology due to frustration with the disconnect that exists between promises and current reality....read the wave

 

 

Future Technology

ROBOTIC CARBON EXPLORER FLOATS SHED NEW LIGHT ON THE IRON HYPOTHESIS

 

BERKELEY, CA -- Three robotic Carbon Explorer floats, launched by
scientists from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory during the
Southern Ocean Iron Experiment (SOFeX) in January and February of 2002, successfully tracked a patch of iron-fertilized plankton for many weeks through the storm-tossed waters between 50 and 60 degrees south latitude, gathering new evidence for the so-called "iron hypothesis." Research results are reported in the 16 April 2004 issue of the journal Science.

The iron hypothesis holds that by adding small amounts of iron, an
essential micronutrient, to ocean waters rich in other nutrients,
aquatic plants can be made to bloom vigorously, thus removing enough carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to offset the greenhouse effect….read the wave

 

 

Nano Products: USA

Nanotechnolgy leads to new line of skin-care items
By Munira Syeda

 

INDUSTRY -- Harvard Fang was thrilled about incorporating nanotechnology into his skin- care line, but perhaps not thrilled enough until he tried the products himself.

When he was testing The PearLife Co.'s facial cream and other lotions a while back, he kept asking his female employees how good they really were.

They responded to the company president's question with another question: "Why don't you try it?'
So, two months ago, the 54-year- old began using Fantastic O's Skin Care eye cream, day cream, night cream, toner and cleanser, among other items
….read the wave

 

 
Nano Products: USA

Nano-Engineered Product Neutralizes Chemical Hazards

 

Researchers at NanoScale Materials, Inc., have developed scaled-up production processes for FAST-ACT (First Applied Sorbent Treatment Against Chemical Threats), an advanced nano-engineered family of products designed to provide first responders, hazmat teams and other emergency personnel with a single technology to counteract a variety of chemical warfare agents and toxic industrial chemicals.

Non-toxic, non-corrosive and non-flammable, FAST-ACT is particularly useful when response personnel are confronted with a chemical spill whose exact nature is unknown. While substances such as activated carbon only physically absorb toxic substances, FAST-ACT neutralizes, destroys and renders them harmless. Independent testing by chemical warfare experts showed that FAST-ACT removed more than 99 percent of such agents as VX, soman and mustard gas from surfaces in less than 90 seconds.

The initial research that led to FAST-ACT was conducted by the Kansas State University laboratory of Kenneth Klabunde. The National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program supported NanoScale’s research to make the production processes commercially viable. This scaling-up required dramatic process changes, development of quality control standards and testing to confirm the safety and efficacy of FAST-ACT…read the wave

 

 

Nano Meet: USA ( text in geman )

Biophan Technologies nimmt an der Nanotechnologie-Serie-Veranstal tung des SDForums `Nanotechnology & Biotechnology - The Next Wave' teil

 

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ROCHESTER, New York - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Biophan Technologies, Inc. (OTCBB: BIPH) eine Gesellschaft für Innovation, Entwicklung und Vermarktung MRI-bezogener und sonstiger fortschrittlicher biomedizinischer Technologie, teilte heute mit, dass sie einen Vortrag im Rahmen der Nanotechnologie-Serie des SDForums halten wird. Michael Weiner, CEO von Biophan, wird die Präsentation auf der Veranstaltung mit dem Titel "Nanotechnology & Biotechnology - The Next Wave" am Monday, 19. April 2004, im George E. Pake Auditorium, das zum Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) im kalifornischen Palo Alto gehört, vorstellen
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Future Technology: ??

Attack of the Movie Clones By Kristen Philipkoski

 

The Godsend Institute appears to be the first bona fide human reproductive cloning institute, according to its website.

The institute has no qualms about its true goal. Its scientists aren't trying to cure the world's ills; they want to "create life from life." The center's visionary and founder is Dr. Richard Wells, one of the top fertility experts in the world.
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The website is seductively professional-looking. It features bird's-eye photographs of a sprawling facility, state-of-the-art equipment and smiling families once touched by tragedy, now embracing their cloned-back-to-life children….read the wave


 

Nano Research: USA

Carbon found to be older than the Solar System

More than 4.5 billion years old
By Tony Fitzpatrick

 

For the first time, researchers have identified organic material in interplanetary dust particles (IDPs), gathered from the Earth's stratosphere, that was made before the birth of our Solar System. The material was identified on the basis of its carbon isotopic composition, which is different from the carbon found on Earth and in other parts of the Solar System. Isotopes are variations of elements that differ from each other in the number of neutrons they have, making them similar chemically but different physically.

Christine Floss, Ph.D., senior research scientist in Earth and Planetary Sciences and Physics at Washington University in St. Louis, said that the organic material in the IDP she and her colleagues analyzed probably was formed in molecular clouds in the interstellar medium before the formation of the Solar System. The isotopic anomalies are produced by chemical fractionation at the very low temperatures found in these molecular clouds. …read the wave

 

 
Nano Products: UK

CARBON NANOTUBE COMMERCIAL MANUFACTURING BREAKTHROUGH
The UK’s first commercial manufacturing process for high-purity single-wall carbon nanotubes has been commissioned by the performance chemicals company, Thomas Swan & Co. Ltd.

Since their discovery in 1991, carbon nanotubes have promised the development of a wide range of applications and novel products, but commercial research and development into these applications has been constrained by the lack of a reliable manufacturing process.

The availability of commercially produced carbon nanotubes of a consistent quality and at an accessible price is expected to unlock the potential for a wide range of industrial applications including ultra-strong materials (lightweight plastics that are 100 times stronger than steel), conductive composites and new electrical and electronic devices....read the wave

 

 

Nano Biz: UK

Ground-Breaking Environment-Friendly Cooling Technology Establishes UK HQ for Global Rollout .

 

An historic agreement was signed in London paving the way for a former NASA scientist and his team to bring their revolutionary new nano-scale, super-cooling technology to the world -- from a UK base. The patented, environment-friendly system is expected to have a major global impact on a range of everyday applications -- ranging from air conditioning to increasing computer speeds.

After award-winning work on two space shuttle missions with NASA, former Samsung scientist Dr. Jeong Hyun Lee created and patented the breakthrough cooling technology -- initially to address the development-hindering problem of semiconductor cooling. The radical cooling technology is unique in that it does not require fans, pumps, dangerous gases or electricity to be effective. The system has been initially applied to semiconductor cooling in overcoming one of the biggest barriers in developing faster computer speeds -- heat. However Dr. Lee and his team believe the technology could eventually reduce the size and running cost of air conditioning by around 70%.

In a landmark deal that was assisted by UK Trade & Investment, iCurie Lab Holdings Ltd. has attracted significant series A investment from specialist US Emerging-Technology finance organization Hansen Gray & Company, Inc. , to establish the worldwide headquarters in the UK. The new company also hopes to create hundreds of new jobs in the UK nanotechnology sector....read the wave

 

 
 

Nano Biz: USA

HARRIS & HARRIS GROUP INVESTS IN MOLECULAR IMPRINTS, INC.

 

Harris & Harris Group, Inc. announced today that it invested $2,000,000 in privately held Molecular Imprints, Inc. on March 31, 2004.

Molecular Imprints, Inc. develops and manufactures nano-lithography systems for high resolution and for 3-dimensional pattern replication. The company has commercialized a new and unique Step and Flash Imprint Lithography technology (S-FILTM), which is a simple step and repeat, room temperature, low pressure,
nano-imprint process that has demonstrated sub-20 nanometer resolution
….read the wave

 

 

Nano Biz: USA

NANOPHASE ANNOUNCES FIRST QUARTER EARNINGS RELEASE AND CONFERENCE CALL
Jess Jankowski Promoted to Chief Financial Officer

 

Romeoville, IL,– Nanophase Technologies Corporation (Nasdaq: NANX), a technology leader, developer and commercial manufacturer of nanomaterials and nanoengineered products, announced plans to release earnings for the first quarter 2004 on April 21, 2004, at approximately 4:00 CST, 5:00 EST. Nanophase has scheduled its conference call for April 22, 2004, at 10:00 CST. The Company’s conference call will be hosted by Joseph Cross, president and CEO, and Jess Jankowski, Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer.

The call may be accessed through Nanophase’s website, www.nanophase.com, and clicking on the line under Investor Relations and Calendar of Events. If you are unable to attend, a replay will be available through April 29, 2004, by dialing 706-645-9291 and entering code 6769834, or by logging onto the Nanophase website and following the above instructions.

Nanophase also announced that Jess Jankowski, the Company’s vice president and Controller, has been promoted to Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Jankowski holds a BS in accountancy from Northern Illinois University, an MBA from Loyola University, and received his certified public accountant certificate from the State of Illinois. He has been with Nanophase for approximately nine years.

 

 
 
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Nano Research: USA

Tegal Corporation Announces High-K Nano Layer Deposition Joint Development Project With Sharp Corporation's American Laboratories

 

PETALUMA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Tegal Corporation (Nasdaq:TGAL), a leading designer and manufacturer of plasma etch and deposition systems used in the production of integrated circuits and nanotechnology devices, and Sharp Laboratories of America have entered into an agreement to collaborate on a focused joint development program (JDP) to accelerate the adoption and integration of next generation high-K dielectrics.

The JDP builds on Tegal's patented Nano Layer Deposition (NLD) technology for depositing ultra thin layers of new dielectric materials for semiconductor and nanotechnology device production. The program will be centered at the Sharp Laboratories of America (SLA) facility in Camas, Washington and will utilize the Tegal Simplus(TM) NLD system already installed there.

"We are very excited about the…read the wave


 

Nano Products: USA

Industrial NanoTech, Inc. Releases Nansulate Insulation; Nanotechnology Helps Nansulate Beat All Other Insulating Materials Hands-Down

 

CHEYENNE, Wyo., -- While the world's biggest corporations work to be first to market with end-user nanotechnology applications, a young company based in Wyoming has quietly beaten them to it. But make no mistake:
Industrial NanoTech, Inc. (INI,www.industrial-nanotech.com), an international firm owned by two American entrepreneurs with a passion for science and industry, is not challenging the crowded nanotechnology fields of optics, microchips, or biomedical engineering.

Instead, INI's premier product is patent-pending Nansulate, an industrial-grade liquid… read the wave


 

Nano Electronics: Japan

HP Japan and Intel Team Up to Advance Nano-Technology R&D

 

Once deployed in the University of Tokyo's Hirao Laboratory, the system - which consists of a cluster of 68 units of the HP Workstation zx6000, each equipped with dual Intel Itanium 2 processors - will be the largest and most advanced system in Japan to perform complex scientific and technical calculations.

The computer system will be used by Hirao Laboratory to advance its study of electronic structure theory and molecular dynamics which investigate chemical phenomena at molecular and electron levels. More importantly, the system will also be used in the research of nano-materials and bio-materials such as Dendrimer -- a nano-material widely anticipated in the medical and new materials fields worldwide. …read the wave

 

 
Nano Products: USA

Nanosys Chooses ISE TCAD Software for Nanotechnology Modelling

 

SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Integrated Systems Engineering (ISE) announced today that Nanosys, Inc. has purchased its device simulator DESSIS and process simulator FLOOPS-ISE.

Nanosys specializes in nanotechnology, which relates to structures typically less than 100 nanometers in size. By using DESSIS and FLOOPS-ISE, Nanosys is investing in tools for its development of nanotechnology.

"We are very happy to have selected ISE TCAD to explore…read the wave

 

 

Nano Debate: USA

Concerns That Nanotech Label Is Overused
By BARNABY J. FEDER

 

What exactly is nanotechnology? The definition is no longer academic as more investors become attracted to anything that carries a nanotech label.

On Thursday, Asensio & Company, an investment firm, faxed a letter to Eliot Spitzer, the New York attorney general, charging that misuse of the nano label has become a favorite tactic for fraudulent stock promotion.

Asensio asked Mr. Spitzer to investigate Merrill Lynch for including many companies that have little or nothing to do with nanotechnology in an index of 25 publicly tradednanotechnology companies that Merrill introduced on April 1.

"Investors are being harmed on a daily basis," said Manuel P. Asensio, chief executive of the investment firm, which is based in New York.
Juanita Scarlett, a spokeswoman for Mr. Spitzer, said that the office's first step in response to such a request would be an informal inquiry….read the wave


 

Future Technology: USA

Kopin to Showcase New CyberDisplay Applications at Defense and Security Symposium

 

TAUNTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--3-D Viewing System, Night-Vision Goggle HUD and Binocular IR-Camera Viewer are Among Latest Applications Featuring Company's Microdisplay Technology

Kopin Corporation (Nasdaq: KOPN), the largest U.S. manufacturer of microdisplays for military weapons, thermal imaging systems and consumer electronics, will feature several new CyberDisplay(TM)-equipped applications this week at the International Society for Optical Engineering's (SPIE) Defense & Security Symposium. The symposium will take place April 13-15 at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Kissimmee, Florida.

Kopin will showcase its ruggedized CyberDisplay products in a high-resolution 3-D visualization system, a helmet-mounted display, an infrared viewer and a night-vision goggle head-up display (HUD) system.

"We already have established our CyberDisplay as the microdisplay of choice for military, industrial and consumer products, and the applications being demonstrated at SPIE extend that brand equity and technology excellence even further," said Dr. John C.C. Fan, Kopin's president and chief executive officer. "To date, Kopin has shipped more than 10 million CyberDisplays worldwide, and the SPIE show is an excellent opportunity for Kopin to showcase its new products to existing or potential partners and customers."…read the wave


 

Nano News: Europe

Europeans to Challenge U.S. Nanotechnology Dominance By Philip Willan

 

The European Union (E.U.) plans to finance an international nanotechnology project aimed at challenging U.S. dominance of the promising research sector, one outcome of which could be a system for swift and reliable DNA analysis at crime scenes. The €21 million (US$17.5 million) initiative is also being supported by research institutes in Russia, China and Israel, participants in the NACBO (Novel and Improved Nanomaterials, Chemistries and Apparatus for Nano-biotechnology) Project said…read the wave

 

 

Future Technology: USA

Robots May Fight for the Army
By Mark Baard

 

Lightweight, super-strong robots will lead human soldiers into battle within 10 years -- at least according to iRobot.

The robots, called small unmanned ground vehicles, or SUGVs, will detect the presence of chemical and biological weapons, identify targets for artillery and infantrymen, and ferret out snipers hiding inside urban buildings. Today, humans mainly perform these tasks, often becoming the first casualties of battle while looking for snipers or explosives. …read the wave

 

 
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Nano Research: USA

PURDUE RESEARCHERS CONNECT LIFE'S BLUEPRINTS WITH ITS ENERGY SOURCE

 

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue University research team that recently created a tiny motor out of synthetic biological molecules has found further evidence that RNA molecules can perform physical work, a discovery that could advance nanotechnology and possibly solve fundamental mysteries about life itself.

Purdue's Peixuan Guo has discovered how viral RNA molecules bind an energy-bearing organic molecule known as ATP. While linking these two substances might seem to create no more than a longer string of letters, the upshot is that now one of life's most mysterious and ancient storehouses of information can be moved by one of its most important fuels. The discovery could shed light on the fundamental role RNA plays in the creation of living things….read the wave


 

Guest Writer : Dr. Pearl Chin PhD, MBA

Nanotechnology in a Nutshell

So what is nanotechnology exactly?

So why should we care about nanotechnology?

What can it do for me? ...read the wave

 

Nano Research

MRI With 80-Nanometer Resolution

 

MRI with 80-nm resolution, far better than for the best medical scans, has been achieved with a device that combines atomic force microscope (AFM) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR; also known as magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI) technology.

In the hybrid methodology called magnetic resonance force microscopy (MRFM), a tiny magnetized particle is attached to a cantilever which is then brought near a sample which surrounded by a coil that emits radio waves. When a tiny magnetic domain in the sample feels just the right amount of magnetic field from the nearby coil and magnetic particle it will vigorously interact with them resonantly.
…read the wave


 
Nano Products: USA


Applied NanoWorks announces PinnacleAF Zinc Oxide in 2-6nm high concentration water-colloid

 

Troy, NY - Applied NanoWorks, Inc. today announced the immediate availability of PinnacleAF Zinc Oxide nano-colloid deliverable in 25g to multiple kilogram production volumes. The 2-6nm particle size zinc oxide is agglomerate free and delivered in an environmentally safe water suspension.

The 2-6nm size is 80% smaller than the 15-20nm zinc oxide nano-powders commercially available today. The PinnacleAF Zinc Oxide offers an estimated 400% improvement in UV absorption levels and an estimated 500% increase in particle surface area compared to existing 15-20 nm zinc oxide nano powders….read the wave

 

 
Nano Biz: USA


Microfabrica Elects Dr. David Lam Chairman of the Board

 

Burbank, CA - Microfabrica Inc., a leader in microdevice and microsystem fabrication, has elected Silicon Valley veteran, Dr. David Lam, as chairman of the board.

With decades of experience managing and advising emerging technology companies, including three years on Microfabrica's board of directors, Dr. Lam will continue to guide the company as it moves into production and expands its global presence.

Adam Cohen, Microfabrica's founder and former chairman, and the inventor of the company's EFAB(r) technology, will continue to serve as chief technology officer and executive vice president of technology...read the wave


 

Nano Education:

The world goes nano. 51 countries with R&D Programs and Fundings in Nanotechnologies in 2004.The race is on.

 

Bhkc22.com for is offering for free 100 000 books explaining the technologies and market developments, the chances and risks over 450 pages called “Another World “ by the author Helmut Kaiser, to universities and schools ....read the wave


 
Nano News : Iran ( please not not in english )

NanoTech News from Iran.

 

NanoTechnology Newsletter (NO.58) ...read the wave


 
nano news Easter Weekend 2004
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Nano Research: USA

SELF-ASSEMBLING 'NANOTUBES' OFFER PROMISE FOR FUTURE ARTIFICIAL JOINTS

 

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Tiny "nanotubes" that assemble themselves using the same chemistry as DNA could be ideal for creating better artificial joints and other body implants.

Researchers at Purdue University, the University of Alberta and Canada's National Institute for Nanotechnology have discovered that bone cells called osteoblasts attach better to nanotube-coated titanium than they do to conventional titanium used to make artificial joints.

"We have demonstrated the same improved bone-cell adhesion with other materials, but these nanotubes are especially promising for biomedical applications because we'll probably be able to tailor them for specific parts of the body," said Thomas Webster, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Purdue.
...read the wave


 

Nano News

Happy Easter to all our readers !

 


Regarding Nano Tsunami, because of the Easter break, a Birthday in the family and the lack of weekend news we will be updating the site again on Tuesday the 13th.

Hopefully, you and all your friends / colleagues will join us again on Tuesday with a bumper edition of Nano News.

The Editor…read the wave


 

Nano Research: USA

Controlling biomolecules with magnetic 'tweezers'

 

An array of magnetic traps designed for manipulating individual biomolecules and measuring the ultrasmall forces that affect their behavior has been demonstrated by scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Described in a recent issue of Applied Physics Letters, the chip-scale, microfluidic device works in conjunction with a magnetic force microscope. It's intended to serve as magnetic "tweezers" that can stretch, twist and uncoil individual biomolecules such as strands of DNA. The device should help scientists study folding patterns and other biochemical details important in medical, forensic and other research areas....read the wave


 

Nano Electronics: USA

Breakfast in Silicon Forest: Nano Comes to Life
By Ed Sperling

 

Electronic News sat down to discuss the future of nanoscience with Skip Rung, executive director of the Oregon Nanosciences and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI); Sam Angelos, VP and general manager of Hewlett Packard’s technology development operation for its imaging and printing technology platforms; Jay Lindquist, senior VP of corporate marketing at FEI Co.; and Robert Madge, senior director of advanced product engineering at LSI Logic. What follows are excerpts of that conversation.

Electronic News: Lets get through some definitions. First, what do you all mean by nanotechnology?

Rung: Nanoscience practice, in a strict definition, is the science of materials at the atomic scale. We are involved in a number of things that span applications from electronics, such as enhancements and enablers for nanoscience practice below 100 nanometers to things that are Microsystems, such as…read the wave


 
Nano Electronics: USA

U.K. Govt Accused of Muddled Nano Strategy
By Harry Yeates

 

The U.K. government has been accused of under-investing in nanotechnology, ignoring advice from U.K. experts to create at least two nanotechnology fabrication centers and using a "muddled" policy to distribute the cash it made available.

A report from the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee said the DTI had displayed "timidity and poor judgment" in failing to act on the recommendations of the advisory group it appointed to look at how the U.K. could capitalize on nanotechnology research.

Instead, the $165 million (90 million English pounds) package announced last year to…read the wave


 

Nano news: EU

EU must be prepared to take risks, Prodi tells European Science Congress

 

Policy makers, scientists and stakeholders from across Europe gathered at the European Parliament in Brussels on 6 April for the first day of the European Science Congress, organised on the initiative of the Parliament's Committee on Industry, External Trade, Research and Energy (ITRE).

The issue facing participants at the Congress was how to promote scientific research in Europe in the context of the EU's Lisbon objective of becoming the world's most competitive economy by 2010. The first afternoon's discussions focussed on Europe's current performance to date….read the wave


 

Future Technology

A TINY SOLAR SYSTEM AFTER ALL

 

Like a planet orbiting the sun, some ideas keep coming around. In the 1920s, the inventors of quantum mechanics scuttled the notion that an atom behaves like a tiny solar system. Whereas the planets orbit the sun in elliptical orbits, the electrons hover around the nucleus in diffuse cloud-like waves, known as orbitals, that describe only the probability of finding the electron at different places within the atom. But those orbitals can combine to form a clump-like "wave packet" that contains the electrons and does orbit the nucleus like a planet, researchers report in the 2 April PRL.

The observation confirms a long-sought connection between the quantum and classical realms.....read the wave


 
Nano Electronics:

Spansion on Path to 110nm Migration

 

Spansion have announced it is about to launch its first products at 230nm, and said it is expecting a second development at 110nm in Q4.

The company, which was formed nine months ago through the merger of Advanced Micro Devices' and Fujitsu's memory chip operations, is currently developing the Spansion S29AL/GLxxxM device family, based on 230nm MirrorBit technology….read the wave


 
Nano News: Canada

Prima Developments announces nanotechnology research and development agreement

 

TSX Venture Exchange Symbol: PID

VANCOUVER, April 8 /CNW/ - Prima Developments Ltd. (TSX Venture - PID) through its wholly owned subsidiary Envirocoat Technologies Inc. the global owner, producer and distributor of high performance paint and coating products, today announced it has entered into a research and development agreement with U.S. based Altair Nanotechnologies Inc. (NASDAQ: ALTI - News).

Prima, in conjunction with Altair, will analyze how high surface area nanomaterial titanium dioxide (Ti02) products will help enhance the distinctive thermal barrier and moisture resistant properties of its Envirocoatings' Ceramic InsulCoat product, while providing Altair's added benefits of superior UV absorption….read the wave


 
 
nano news 9- 04 - 2004
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Nano Research: USA

SELF-ASSEMBLING 'NANOTUBES' OFFER PROMISE FOR FUTURE ARTIFICIAL JOINTS

 

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Tiny "nanotubes" that assemble themselves using the same chemistry as DNA could be ideal for creating better artificial joints and other body implants.

Researchers at Purdue University, the University of Alberta and Canada's National Institute for Nanotechnology have discovered that bone cells called osteoblasts attach better to nanotube-coated titanium than they do to conventional titanium used to make artificial joints.

"We have demonstrated the same improved bone-cell adhesion with other materials, but these nanotubes are especially promising for biomedical applications because we'll probably be able to tailor them for specific parts of the body," said Thomas Webster, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Purdue.
...read the wave


 

Nano Research: EU

Ireland and Finland advise EU on how to make research in Europe more competitive

 

In his introduction to the event, Irish Minister for education and science, Noel Dempsey, representing the current EU Presidency highlighted two areas where needs to improve its efforts: making Europe more attractive for researchers and making investment in research more efficient.

What concerns Mr Dempsey a lot is the fact that around 400,000 of Europe's best researchers are currently based in the US and a large majority of them do not want to return to Europe. To tackle the brain drain phenomena, the minister pointed to the advances made in Ireland in the last decade. He said that Ireland's progress in the field of research was built on financing decisions based solely on scientific excellence and competitiveness which in turn had forced research institutions and universities to focus on the same principles....read the wave


 

Nano Event: USA

CONFERENCE AGENDA ANNOUNCED
3rd Annual NanoBusiness 2004
Nanotechnology's Foremost Business Conference

 

As the only true "must-attend" conference for all parties involved in the business of small technology, NanoBusiness 2004 will once again gather hundreds of scientists, engineers, business leaders
and investors For three intensive days of highly charged seminars, presentations, keynotes And networking events. The conference program is focused on providing attendees with all the information required to push research and application development toward commercialization, as well
as showcase the ongoing integration of small tech products into the global economy.

"Once again, we've designed the NanoBusiness 2004 Conference program to hit all the critical areas and topics for those who are serious about the business of nanotechnology," said Nathan Tinker, conference Chair and co-founder of the NanoBusiness Alliance. "It's crucial to stay ahead of the curve in such a rapidly evolving industry, and those who participate in our educational sessions and panels will better informed and better prepared to capitalize on rapidly emerging opportunities in this space." ...read the wave


 

Nano Electronics:

How will nanotechnology impact electronics industry as we know it?

 

(PRWEB) -- Research and Markets announces the addition of this new report entitled "Nanotechnology: Impact Of Nanoelectronics On The U.S. Electronics Industry" to its offerings.

This new report defines nanotechnology and nanoelectronics and also explains How nanotechnology will impact the current electronics industry.

The report provides details on the size of the nanoelectronics market now and in 10 years and also considers the penetration of nanoelectronics in the electronics market during the next 10 years.

This report includes details not available elsewhere!
- Total nanoelectronics market forecasts to 2014.
- Timelines for the commercialization of each nanotechnology (e.g., nanotubes used in chips).
- Nanoelectronics market forecasts for the next 10 years by 6 major product categories:
ICs (chips) Displays
Memory Chips Optoelectronic Components
Hard Disk Drives Removable Storage Media

This report considers the Major Electronic Company’s Nanoelectronics Positioning, including detail on
- IBM
- Hewlett Packard
- Motorola
- Texas Instrument

…read the wave


 

Nano Debate: NL

Nieuwe publicatie nanotechnologie

 

Nanotechnologie schept hoge economische verwachtingen en de Nederlandse regering investeert er flink in. Nanotechnologie maakt een breed scala aan nieuwe of verbeterde producten mogelijk, uiteenlopend van zonnecrèmes en platte beeldbuizen tot zichzelf reinigende ramen en sensoren om chemische wapens mee op te sporen.

Daarnaast levert de nieuwe technologie voer voor allerlei speculaties over cyborgs en zelfreproducerende robots ter grootte van een bacterie, de ‘nanobots’.
...read the wave



 

Nano Tools of the Trade:

Fully Automated Sample Preparation and Nanoelectrospray MS Analysis Using ZipTips, the Precision 2000 and the NanoMate 100

 

Today's increased throughput demand for Nanoelectrospray Mass Spectroscopy (MS) has driven the need for automation. In addition to automating the loading of samples into theMS, automation of the sample preparation, such as desalting, purification and concentration ofthe samples, is necessary to provide the throughput required.

Here we describe a simple procedure that employs the use of the Precision 2000 Automated Multi-channel Pipettor, inconjunction with ZipTips® pipette tips to perform the pipetting tasks required for sample preparation prior to automated nanoelectrospray mass spectrometry using a NanoMate 100….read the wave


 
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Future Technology: EU

Europe needs more scientists: EU blueprint for action
April 2nd Today a high-level expert group presented recommendations on increasing Europe's human resources for science and technology to European Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin at an international conference in Brussels. The group has identified serious shortcomings that stand in the way of increasing the number of science professionals in Europe has called for European governments to develop a more effective policy on human resources in science.

The changing nature of the "high-tech" industry means that governments must step in to play a more active role in ensuring and promoting better resources and skills development. The public sector is under-funded and universities, in particular, should be preparing their science graduates for a more diverse range of careers.

Europe's school science education system is also failing to keep abreast of the real world of science and focuses too much on outdated notions of learning "fundamentals" and facts. To address the shortcomings outlined by the expert group report, the Commission is assessing the possibility of launching an awareness-raising campaign in 2005....read the wave


 

Nano Debate:

Big Concern for Very Small Things

 

The nascent nanotechnology industry collectively cringed last week after a study showed that fish exposed to nanoparticles suffered brain damage. Critics say the much-hyped multibillion-dollar nano industry has a dark side few want to talk about.

"How many more studies showing toxicity are needed before regulators step in?" asks Kathy Jo Wetter of the Winnipeg-based ETC Group. ETC and other environmental groups are calling for a moratorium on the commercial production of nanoparticles.
…read the wave

 

 

Nano Biz: USA

BioSante Pharmaceuticals Listed on Merrill Lynch, Punk Ziegel Nanotechnology Stock Indices

 

LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 7, 2004--BioSante Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Amex:BPA) announced today that the investment firms Merrill Lynch and Punk, Ziegel & Company have included BioSante in their respective indices of nanotechnology companies.

"This is a key acknowledgment and validation of the important work we are doing with our calcium phosphate nanotechnology for drug delivery and vaccines," said Stephen M. Simes, president and chief executive officer of BioSante. "We are continuing to achieve important advances with this exclusive and innovative nanotechnology, which now appears to offer substantial potential for increasing stockholder value."

Merrill Lynch included BioSante on an index (Amex:NNZ) of 25 "pure play" nanotech companies in its March 31 report on the nanotechnology sector. Punk, Ziegel & Company included BioSante in its recently launched Nanotechnology Index (http://punkziegel.com/nanotech2.php) of 15 publicly traded companies in this sector. …read the wave


 
Nano Research: USA

Making minuscule measurements
By Bill Steele

Cornell University researchers already have been able to detect the mass of a single cell using submicroscopic devices. Now they're zeroing in on viruses. And the scale of their work is becoming so small that they have moved beyond the prefixes "nano" "pico" and "femto" to "atto".

Members of the Cornell research group headed by engineering professor Harold Craighead report they have used tiny oscillating cantilevers to detect masses as small as 6 attograms by noting the change an added mass produces in the frequency of vibration….read the wave


 

Nano Biz: USA

Nanogen Announces $7.7 Million Common Stock Sale

 

PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Nanogen, Inc. (Nasdaq: NGEN) announced today that it has sold 900,000 shares of its common stock to institutional investors at a price of $8.60 per share, for gross proceeds of approximately $7.7 million. After deducting fees and expenses, Nanogen will receive approximately $7.4 million from the sale, which was conducted pursuant to Nanogen's shelf registration statement filed in January 2004 and increased by 150,000 shares on April 6, 2004.

The sale is expected to close today. Nanogen plans to use the net proceeds for working capital and other general corporate purposes, including funding of acquired businesses and technologies. Seven Hills Partners LLC acted as exclusive placement agent to Nanogen for this financing.

"This sale completes the placement of shares registered under our shelf registration statement and provides further support for our long-term strategy to commercialize advanced medical diagnostics and to facilitate Nanogen's entry into complementary, high-growth markets," said Howard C. Birndorf, chairman and CEO of Nanogen....read the wave


 

Nano News: USA

Indian scientist takes nanotechnology to new frontiers
By Ela Dutt

 

Working with materials that are not visible to the naked eye is Meyya Meyyappan's specialty.

In fact, the Indian American scientist and his three colleagues had convinced former President Bill Clinton and the US Congress to launch the National Nanotechnology Initiative when the technology was not even heard of.

Now the initiative has some $1 billion earmarked every year, with Meyyappan and his team of 60 scientists working on making nanotechnology available for future space exploration….read the wave


 

Nano Meet:

The Netherlands Launches Technology Matchmaking Service

 

NEW YORK, PRNewswire/ -- The Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA) has announced establishment of the Technology Matchmaking Service (TMS), an effort designed to assist foreign technology companies identify appropriate business partners in the Netherlands.

The free, confidential service will help companies involved in information and communications technology, life sciences, nanotechnology, polymers and water treatment find partners for research and development programs; technical cooperation; and joint venture, manufacturing, or licensing agreements.

Among other things, the TMS enables participants to:…read the wave


nano news 7- 04 - 2004
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Nano Debate:

Researchers probe link between nanotechnology and health

Rochester expert warns of toxicity in new wave of science
Nanotechnology, a science devoted to engineering things that are unimaginably small, may pose a health hazard and should be investigated further, warns a University of Rochester scientist and worldwide expert in the field, who received a $5.5 million grant to conduct such research.

Günter Oberdörster, Ph.D., professor of Toxicology in Environmental Medicine and director of the university's EPA Particulate Matter Center, has already completed one study showing that inhaled nano-sized particles accumulate in the nasal cavities, lungs and brains of rats. Scientists speculate this buildup could lead to harmful inflammation and the risk of brain damage or central nervous system disorders. Oberdörster's study is scheduled to appear in the May 2004 journal Inhalation Toxicology, and is receiving widespread attention in the scientific community; it was cited at an international nanotechnology/health conference earlier this year in England by the Institute of Physics...read the wave


 

Future Technology

Imagining the future of nanotechnology
By Ottawa Business Journal Staff

 

Tabletop boxes will soon be pumping out microchips at lightning speed from a desk near you. Multibillion-dollar foundries will be replaced and the face of manufacturing will be forever altered.

To digest this, some may have to suspend their disbelief.

But for visionaries such as Douglas Mulhull, author of Our Molecular Future, a version of the above scenario is already happening.

Mulhull was in Ottawa last month to talk about nanotechnology at a speaking event hosted by the local branch of the Canadian Information Processing Society.

Mulhull observed that microchips are already being printed "on a board in a box", thanks to the adaptation of bubble-jet printing to the production of three-dimensional objects that actually work. Such "boxes" are already manufacturing some types of programmable chips, surgical models and car parts, said Mulhull, who urges us to imagine the disruptive influence of replacing a $4-billion factory with boxes that sit on a tabletop and cost anywhere from $75,000 to $750,000. Add to that the replacement of silicon with diamond derivatives, which run 100 times faster at a tenth of the heat, said Mulhull.

Imagine indeed. …read the wave

 

 
Nano News: UK

UK no longer at nanotechnology forefront due to lack of foresight, claims report

A report commissioned by the UK Government has claimed that a lack of foresight by both policy makers and the scientific community has led to the UK losing its leading position in the field of nanotechnology.

The UK launched a nanotechnology research programme in the mid-1980s when few other countries had recognised the potential of this new technology. But activity eased when enthusiasm dwindled.

'The commercialisation of nanotechnology research in the UK in many ways presents a depressingly familiar picture of excellent research that is not being translated to the country's commercial benefit to the same extent as it is in other competitor countries,' states the report by the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee. 'The story is all the more dispiriting because the UK was recognised to be ahead of the game when a nanotechnology research programme was started in the mid 1980s.' …read the wave


 
Nano Biz: New Zealand

 Peter Griffin: Thinking small tipped to be huge

In any New Zealand tech company's business plan, $2.75 million is a decent capital injection. But in the vast field of nanotechnology - the next industrial revolution where you need an electron microscope just to see your building materials - how far can it really go?

At least as far as first prototype phase, says Christchurch nanotechnologist Simon Brown.

And that is far enough to prove the technology he and his company, Nano Cluster Devices, are developing. Enough to get the ball rolling towards more funding, commercialisation of its technology and potentially the country's first thriving nanotech business. …read the wave


 

Nano Events: USA

New 'Small Technology' Tradeshow Aims to Spur Partnerships with Commercial Applications

 

LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Designed to be the largest event of the year for the small tech industry, Small World Expo, a tradeshow produced by Next On Media, will showcase existing and emerging applications of the extremely small: nanotechnology, microsystems, MEMS, NEMS, and general miniaturization.

The show will focus specifically on highly practical and realistic uses for small tech - applications that can be seen, felt, heard, experienced. Also, the technical data will be delivered in such a way that executives, investors, and members of the general public should come away with enough knowledge to engage confidently in this powerful yet obscure new industry….read the wave


 
Nano News: In German

Leuchtende Zwerge

Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe entwickelt mehrschichtige fluoreszierende Nanopartikel
Im Licht einer UV-Lampe leuchten sie grün, violett oder blau: fluoreszierende Nanopartikel mit einer Schicht aus organischen Farbstoffen. Hergestellt werden sie mit einem im Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe entwickelten Mikrowellen-Plasmaverfahren zur Herstellung mehrschichtiger Nanopartikel. Die empfindlichen Farbstoff-Oberflächen werden dabei zusätzlich mit einem Polymer beschichtet, das chemische Reaktionen verhindert und die Partikeleigenschaften stabilisiert. Die Fluoreszenz bleibt dadurch lange erhalten. Dies eröffnet den Nanopartikeln vielfältige Anwendungen, vor allem in Sicherheitstechnologie und Medizintechnik.
...read the wave


 

Nano Medicine: USA

New Nanotech Device Could Revolutionize Blood Testing

 

Like the small fingerstick devices that have revolutionized management of insulin therapy for people with diabetes, BioSensus, Inc., is developing a rapid and inexpensive monitor for anticoagulant therapy that could make a major difference for millions of patients.

It could also send BioSensus over the top as an overnight success in the medical device industry. The company is eying a $1 billion blood coagulation and hemostatic assay market, according to NanoBiotech News, the only weekly, independent news source on the business and science of nanomedicine development.

Worldwide, about 6 million people are treated with oral anticoagulant therapy to prevent the formation of blood clots in atrial fibrillation, deep vein thrombosis, heart attack, stroke and other potentially life-threatening conditions. In American hospitals, hundreds of thousands of patients receive intravenous heparin therapy on a temporary basis, to reduce the risk of clots….read the wave


 
Nano Electronics: USA

Toshiba Debuts 90nm Flash
By Jessica Davis
Pushing to get ahead of rival Samsung in the NAND flash space, Toshiba today announced the industry's first multilevel cell NAND flash at 90 nanometers.

Toshiba America Electronics Components (TAEC) Inc. rolled out a 4-gigabit single-die multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory component. The company will also offer an 8-Gb that stacks two of the 4Gb devices in a single package.

"This is the first multi-level cell NAND flash being produced anywhere at 90 nm," said Brian Kumagai, business development manager for NAND flash products. "This will be 8 times faster than the previous version."…read the wave


 
Nano Debate:

Nanotechnology and Damage
By Glenn Harlan Reynolds
As regular readers of this column know, I've been rather critical of the nanotechnology industry's recent public relations strategies. In short -- scared that advanced nanotechnology might spook the public with fears of Michael Crichtonesque scenarios of death and destruction -- the industry has been pooh-poohing not those scary scenarios, but the very possibility of advanced nanotechnology itself. I suppose they figure that if they can convince people that advanced nanotechnology is impossible, they can convince people that there's nothing to worry about.

I fear they have chosen poorly in selecting this strategy. There's plenty to pooh-pooh in the scary scenarios, as this debunking by Freeman Dyson makes clear. (And as, in a different fashion, Robert Freitas makes clear.) …read the wave


 
 
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Nano Medicine: USA

SMART SENSORS THAT DETECT AND DELIVERY THERAPIES WILL TRANSFORM THE FUTURE OF MEDICAL CARE

 

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE ) Convergence with Drug Delivery Systems and Nanotechnology Promises to Improve Patients' Lives, Ease Pain and Keep Patients out Of Hospitals

Just as sophisticated automobile sensors improve gas mileage and provide increased safety and protection for drivers and passengers, rapid advances in the use of smart sensors implanted in the human body promise to prevent deaths, ease pain, and help the elderly live more independently.

The Health Technology Center's (HealthTech) latest report, The Future of Sensors for Monitoring, describes the transition of already widely used sensor technologies from merely sending early warning signals to physicians to actually delivering therapeutic responses to patients whenever needed....read the wave

 

 
Nano Research: USA

Improves CPL Reliability and Productivity for Sub-90 Nanometer X-Ray Lithography; Receives $1.6 Million in Funding from DARPA

SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--JMAR Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: JMAR) reported that the recent endurance trial of its Collimated Plasma Lithography (CPL(TM)) X-ray light source and wafer exposure system achieved significantly improved reliability and productivity while printing sub-90 nanometer features. As a result of the Company's progress, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) released a new $1.6 million block of funding, $800,000 of which was announced by the Company last week.

Repeating a five-day "Iron Man" trial, first carried out at JMAR's South Burlington, VT facility in September 2003, CPL System testing in March 2004 yielded an 80% improvement in …read the wave

 

 
Nano Research: USA

Building a Scale Sensitive Enough to Weigh a Virus

Newswise — Cornell University researchers already have been able to detect the mass of a single cell using submicroscopic devices. Now they're zeroing in on viruses. And the scale of their work is becoming so indescribably small that they have moved beyond the prefixes "nano" "pico" and "femto" to "atto." And just in sight is "zepto."

Members of the Cornell research group headed by engineering professor Harold Craighead report they have used tiny oscillating cantilevers to detect masses as small as 6 attograms by noting the change an added mass produces in the frequency of vibration. ...read the wave


 

Nano Patents: USA

ACLARA Receives Four U.S. Patents for its eTag(TM) and Nanofluidic Technologies

 

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - ACLARA BioSciences (Nasdaq: ACLA) announced the issuance of four U.S. patents that strengthen the intellectual property around its eTag technology: Nos. 6,682,887 and No. 6,686,152 with claims related to certain eTag applications; No. 6,673,550 with broad claims related to certain specific eTag reporter molecules including assays related to protein and protein complex expression; and No. 6,685,813 with claims related to eTag sample handling in a nanofluidic setting….read the wave


 

Nano Research: USA

Aerogels: 'Solid Smoke' May Have Many Uses

 

It looks like glass and feels like solidified smoke, but the most interesting features of the new silica aerogels made by UC Davis and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers are too small to see or feel. Lighter than styrofoam, this strange material is riddled with pores just nanometers in size, leaving it 98 percent empty.

Water can soak into the material, but in the confined space the water molecules….read the wave


 

Nano Research: USA

Researchers Probe Link Between Nanotechnology and Health

 

Nanotechnology, a hot scientific field devoted to engineering things that are unimaginably small, may pose a health hazard and should be investigated further, warns a University of Rochester scientist and worldwide expert in the field, who just received a $5.5 million grant to conduct such research.

Günter Oberdörster, Ph.D., professor of Toxicology in Environmental Medicine and director of the university’s EPA Particulate Matter Center, has already completed one study showing that inhaled nano-sized particles accumulate in the nasal cavities, lungs and brains of rats.

Scientists speculate this buildup could lead to harmful inflammation and the risk of brain damage or central nervous system disorders. Oberdörster’s study is scheduled to appear in the May 2004 journal Inhalation Toxicology, and is receiving widespread attention in the scientific community; it was cited at an international nanotechnology/health conference earlier this year in England by the Institute of Physics….read the wave

 

 
Nano Products: USA

Nanotechnology is hot: For mundane products

The technology is now used to strengthen coatings, plastics, paints.
By Harold Brubaker

 

Nanotechnology is the latest "greatest technology revolution" ever.
To skeptics, such hyperbole is a sure sign that the science of manipulating individual molecules will ultimately fail to meet expectations, as happened with industrial ceramics, superconductors and other scientific innovations.

But to L. Louis Hegedus, head of research at Atofina Chemicals Inc., nanotechnology is simply going through the phases any promising new technology must.

Right now, nanotechnology "is somewhere between wild hype and settling down to reality," said Hegedus, who directs 100 researchers with doctorates in King of Prussia….read the wave


 

Nano Debate

Little Things, Big Questions.....

Nanotechnology still has some big questions to answer
by ED HUNT

 

Western states are hoping to cash in on the next big technological boom - nanotechnology. Billions of dollars are being invested into what is likely to become a global trillion-dollar-a-year industry.

Yet what are the consequences of this new industry to the people of Salmon Nation? What are the potential problems for salmon, and the other creatures that live here?

Last week scientists presented the first study to look at the health effects of microscopic, specially engineered particles on aquatic critters.

The news was bad -- the nanoproducts introduced into the water seem to trigger organ damage and other toxic effects on fish in ways that researchers did not anticipate. …read the wave


 
Nano Education: USA

Chippewa Valley Embraces Nanotechnology

 

Eau Claire, Wis. - Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) President Bill Ihlenfeldt told a news conference last week, that CVTC will begin teaching nanotechnology as early as September 2004 and that the region should prepare for sweeping changes and opportunities.

Jack Uldrich, nanotechnology author, consultant and president of the NanoVeritas Group, described “a shift of historic proportions” brought on “by the manipulation of matter at the atomic and molecular level,” one definition of nanotechnology
….read the wave


 
 
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Nano Research: USA

Titania Nanotube Hydrogen Sensors Clean Themselves

University Park, Pa. – Self-cleaning hydrogen sensors may soon join the ranks of self-cleaning ovens, self-cleaning windows and self-cleaning public toilets, according to Penn State researchers.

"The photocatalytic properties of titania nanotubes are so large -- a factor of 100 times greater than any other form of titania -- that sensor contaminants are efficiently removed with exposure to ultraviolet light, so that the sensors effectively recover or retain their original hydrogen sensitivity in real world application," says Dr. Craig A. Grimes, associate professor of electrical engineering and materials science and engineering.

Previous research showed that titania nanotubes…read the wave

 

 

Nano Electronics: In French

Les nano transistors, des flûtes à électrons

Une équipe de chercheurs du CNRS dirigée par Wojciek Knap, vient de mettre en évidence l'émission de radiations infrarouges, les radiations Terahertz, par un nano transistor. Ils vérifient ainsi une théorie selon laquelle un nano transistor peut se décrire comme une flûte à électrons. Ces radiations représentent une source nouvelle pour l'imagerie médicale et industrielle.

Les radiations Terahertz (0,3 THz – 3 THz, 1 TeraHertz= 1012Hertz), qui se situent dans le domaine de l'infrarouge, représentent une faible énergie de photons et sont donc peu dangereuses pour les cellules biologiques…read the wave


 

Nano Research: Spain

Spanish company CIDETEC takes part in survey on nanotechnologies in Europe

 

ENA (European Nanobusiness Association), organisation created to ensure a Europe that is dynamic and competitive in nanotechnologies applied to industry, has published a report which draws conclusions based on responses obtained from a survey carried out in January and February 2004.

CIDETEC has worked in collaboration with other well-known European organisations in the field of nanotechnologies and nanomaterials in carrying out this study.

On finalising the study, the principal conclusions were:

- Neither in the world of business nor in European Governments can the economic opportunity be lost to apply to industry results obtained from the research community.
- The combination of national and European initiatives, together with a lack of public knowledge about nanotechnology, is sending the wrong or confusing messages to society.
- The creation of a regulatory body is necessary and which has knowledge and regulates the applications to which nanotechnologies are being used.
- The European Commission should ensure that nanoscience in Europe is at par with the rest of the world and, moreover, that it is transformed into an activity of economic competition. …read the wave


 

Nano Electronics: USA

Nanowires Span Silicon Contacts

One challenge for researchers aiming to make electronics at the size-scale of molecules is finding ways to position and attach nanowires to the tiny components.

Researchers from Hewlett-Packard Laboratories and have grown nanowires between electrodes that were made using common patterning techniques. Because the nanowires grow and connect automatically, the method promises to provide a relatively inexpensive way to mass-produce nanoelectronics
….read the wave


 
nano news 3 / 4- 04 - 2004
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Future Technology

Water molecules clump more loosely than previously thought

The physicist of antiquity called it one of nature`s fundamental elements; third-graders know its chemical formula; and all known forms of life need it to exist. Yet what water really is - at least in its liquid form - is still, to a large extent, a mystery. A team led by scientists at Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory (SSRL) and Stockholm University now has achieved a breakthrough in understanding the structure of liquid water. They found that water molecules clump much more loosely than previously thought. ...read the wave

 

 
Weekend Wonders: China

Another cloned cow gives birth in Shandong
Cloned cow "Duo Duo" gave birth to amale calf on April 2 in Caoxian county, east China's Shandong province.

The calf, "Yin Long", is 80 centimeters tall, 90 centimeters long, measures 85 centimeters round the chest, and weighs 49 kilograms….read the wave


 

Nano Optics: USA

Hybrid imaging beats resolution limit

A new high-resolution imaging technique probes the structure of molecules.

 

Scientists in the US claim to have found a new way to image tiny structures and molecules, such as DNA, which are smaller than 200 nm diffraction-limited resolution of optical microscopes.

Dehong Hu and Peter Lu from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Washington State, revealed their technique to delegates at the American Chemical Society's national meeting which is taking place in Anaheim, California this week….read the wave


 
Nano Reports

Nanotechnology in Food and Food Processing 2004 to 2015. Who is afraid of Nanotechnology in Food ?

 

Tomorrow we will design food by shaping molecules and atoms. Nanoscale biotech and nano-bio-info will have big impacts on the food and food-processing industries. The future belongs to new products, new processes with the goal to customize and personalize the products. Improving the safety and quality of food will be the first step.

More than 180 applications are in different developing stages and a few of them are on the market already. The nanofood market is expected to surge from 2.6 bn. US dollars today to 7.0 bn. US dollars in 2006 and to 20.4 bn. US dollars in 2010. More than 200 Companies around the world are today active in research and development. USA is the leader followed by Japan and China.

By 2010 Asian with more than 50 percent of the worldpopulation will be the biggest market for Nanofood with the leading of China....read the wave


 
 
Nano Debate: UK

UK Royal Society comments on select committee’s nanotechnology report

The UK Royal Society has noted the publication (2 April 2004) of the report by the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee on Government investment in nanotechnology.

Lord May of Oxford, President of the Royal Society, said: “We note the select committee’s criticisms of the scientific community for a perceived delay in engaging with the issues surrounding GM foods, and its suggestion that a public communications strategy is needed for nanotechnology. The select committee also calls on the Research Councils to co-ordinate a proactive strategy to promote dissemination to the public of accurate information about the potential benefits and risks of nanotechnology.”

“The Royal Society has an ongoing programme to improve the interactions between scientists and the public, and appreciates that this needs to involve dialogue rather the mere dissemination of information to the public. That is why the independent study on nanotechnology, which the Government has commissioned from the Royal Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering, has involved consultation with the public. It is why that working group includes members to represent the interests and concerns of the public, in all its variety.

“The working group has recently published the results of research on public attitudes to nanotechnology, which show that some people argue that the Government and scientists do not have the right to make decisions about nanotechnology on behalf of the public without consulting them first. But some people also express a lack of confidence that the public voice would be listened to even if it did enter the debate about nanotechnology.

“The results of this research, together with much of the evidence that the working group has received is freely accessible on the study website at www.nanotec.org.uk. It is one good source of the kind of information that the select committee appears to be seeking.”

 
nano news 2- 04 - 2004
Nano Debate:

Nano's Troubled Waters: Latest toxic warning shows nanoparticles cause brain damage in aquatic species and highlights need for a moratorium on th release of new nanomaterials

A new study revealing that engineered carbon molecules known as "buckyballs" cause brain damage in fish is one more brick in the wall of evidence suggesting that manufactured nanoparticles are harmful to the environment and to health. The results of the study highlight the urgency to heed ETC Group's 2002 call for a moratorium on manufactured nanoparticles in commercial products and they back up last month's recommendation by the Institut f|r vkologische Wirtschaftforschung - in a report commissioned by the European Parliament…read the wave

 

 
Nano Research : USA

UR prof to lead nanoparticle study
By Michael Wentzel

A University of Rochester scientist has received a $5.5 million grant to investigate whether the tiny particles of carbon and other materials made in the field of nanotechnology pose a health threat.

Günter Oberdörster, UR professor of environmental medicine and director of the university’s EPA Particulate Matter Center, will lead a five-year study involving researchers from UR, University of Minnesota and University of Washington at St. Louis….read the wave

 

 

Nano Research: USA

Carnegie Mellon University researchers create nanoparticles to clean up contaminated sites

 

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and the U.S. Department of Energy are developing "smart" nanoparticles to clean up environmental toxins that resist conventional remediation methods. This research was presented by Greg Lowry on Wednesday, March 31, at the 227th annual meeting of the American Chemical Society in Anaheim, Cal. (ENVR 52, Marriott-Grand Ballroom D).

Pollutants in the ground that do not easily mix with water, such as organic solvents, are a continued source of groundwater pollution until they are removed. …read the wave

 

 
Nano News: Nigeria

Nanoscience & NanoTechnology By Chris Uwaje

ACCORDING to committee on science U.S. House of Representatives, Subcommittee on Basic Research draft-hearing charter on “The state of Nano-science and its prospects for the next decade” Major new efforts in nanoscale science, engineering, and technology at the Department of Energy will take advantage of opportunities afforded by recent advances. These efforts will be part of the Basic Energy Sciences (BES) program and have the following broad goals:…read the wave

 

 
Nano Events: Germany

Nanotechnologie: Vom Studium zum eigenen Unternehmen

Eine Veranstaltung des Kompetenzzentrums HanseNanoTec informiert am 30. April 2004 über Chancen und Möglichkeiten zur Unternehmensgründung, die sich aus einem Studium der Nanotechnologie ergeben.

Viele Forscher träumen davon, mit den Früchten ihrer Wissenschaft ein Produkt zu entwickeln und dieses in einem eigenen Unternehmen erfolgreich zu vermarkten. Es gibt kaum einen weiteren Zweig der Forschung, bei dem Grundlagenforschung und Produktentwicklung so nah beisammen liegen, wie in der Nanotechnologie.

Nanotechnologie ist eine der wichtigsten Zukunftstechnologien unseres Jahrhunderts. Das enorme wirtschaftliche Potential von Nanotechnologie wird ein Thema auf der Veranstaltung des HanseNanoTec sein.

Wer in dieses spannende Gebiet einsteigen will, kann das aus den verschiedensten Richtungen tun. In Hamburg forschen Physiker, Chemiker, Biologen, Mediziner, Informatiker und Ingenieure an den unterschiedlichsten Facetten dieser Zukunftstechnologie. In drei Kurzvorträgen wird auf der Veranstaltung einen Überblick geben, wo sich in Hamburg Nanotechnologie studieren lässt.

Und was tun, wenn während des Studiums tatsächlich eine Produktidee herangereift ist? Drei erfolgreiche Gründer von noch jungen Nanotechnologie-Unternehmen werden berichten, wie sie es geschafft haben, mit welcher Produktidee und welcher Strategie sie in den Markt eingestiegen sind und wer Ihnen geholfen hat.

Außerdem wird ein Überblick über die Förderprogramme und –institutionen gegeben, die dem Unternehmensgründer mit Rat, Tat und Startkapital bei Seite stehen.

Veranstaltungsort und -zeit:
Fr., 30. April 2004, 14.00 Uhr
Hörsaal des Instituts für Angewandte Physik
Jungiusstr. 11 A, 20355 Hamburg
- Eintritt frei -

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Nano Biz: USA

Merrill Lynch Creates `Nanotech Index' To Track Evolving Industry;

Index Includes U.S. Shares, ADRs; American Stock Exchange Will Quote Measure Intraday

 

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Merrill Lynch (NYSE:MER) have introduced the "Merrill Lynch Nanotech Index," which, effective immediately, will be quoted intraday on the American Stock Exchange under the symbol NNZ.

The Merrill Lynch Nanotech Index, designed to help investors track the developing area, is an equally-weighted index of 25 nanotechnology companies headquartered in the United States or traded through American Depositary Receipts (ADR).

Each company included in the index has a significant percentage of its future profits tied to nanotechnology. In addition, each company's stock must trade largely based upon its nanotechnology business. Companies that have significant nanotechnology efforts, but are traded based primarily upon other business lines, are not included in the index. Types of companies involved in the index include: semiconductors, biotechnology, instrumentation, sensors, diagnostics, drug delivery, drug development, genomics, and materials.

Nanotechnology Could Be Next Growth Innovation…read the wave

 

 

Nano Biz: USA

Nanotech Looms Big in Tech Companies;
Not Wall St
By Dane Hamilton

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nanotechnology is well established at some major technology companies, but Wall Street is just catching on to the money-spinning potential for the rapidly evolving field, industry experts said this week.
Nanotech, which aims to build new materials by manipulating atoms and molecules, is "business as usual" at Intel Corp., Paolo Gargini, director of technology strategy, told a National Nanotechnology Initiative conference in Washington, D.C. this week. …read the wave

 

 
nano news 1- 04 - 2004
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Nano Debate

WHY CARE ABOUT NANOTECHNOLOGY?
by Eric Drexler, Ph.D.
Because technology is reshaping human life, and nanotechnology is where technology is going. Today'snanoscale science and technology includes research anddevelopment on the cutting edge of a broad range of fields.The term "nanotechnology" has been applied wherever scientists and technologists are grappling with thefundamental building blocks of matter, atoms and molecules.

Nanoscale science and technology includes the frontiers of chemistry, materials, medicine, and computer hardware -the research that enables the continuing technology revolution.

Tomorrow's nanotechnology will be much more....read the wave


 
Nano Research : USA

FEI Company Breaks the 1 Angstrom High Resolution Imaging Barrier

Seeing is Now Believing at the Atomic Scale, Using Commercially Available Technologies

New Possibilities for Nanotechnology Research and Development


FEI Company (Nasdaq: FEIC) have announced that scientists at the company's nanotechnology center have broken the one Angstrom image resolution barrier with a 200kV transmission electron microscope (TEM). FEI believes that this is the first time images can be directly viewed with a resolution of less than one Angstrom using commercially available technologies. One Angstrom isone-tenth of a nanometer in size, and a nanometer is one billionth of a meter. One Angstrom is also approximately one-third the size of a carbon atom and is a key dimension for atomic level research.

With the ability to attain direct artifact-free images of atoms, the doors have been opened for researchers working in nanotechnology development to explore materials at the highest resolution ever....read the wave

 

 

Nano Products: Taiwan

Taiwanese TV Shopping Channel ET Mall to Sell NanoMask

 

Emergency Filtration Products Inc. (EFP) (OTCBB: EMFP) today announced that its NanoMask is being marketed by ET Mall, a large Taiwanese multimedia consumer goods marketer which integrates five different shopping media (TV, catalogs, newspaper, Web sites and broadcasting) in selling its products. Founded in late 1999, ET Mall is the most profitable and the largest home shopping channel in Taiwan.

ET Mall will air a series of 38-minute live promotions of the NanoMask on its TV shopping channel over the next week. Collaborating with one of EFP's Taiwanese sales agents, ET Mall will offer the NanoMask through its TV shopping channel, mail-in catalogs, newspapers, and Internet Web sites and broadcasts. ET Mall's TV shopping channel is seen in Taiwan, certain Chinese markets and select international markets with large ethnic Chinese populations....read the wave

 

 
Nano Research: USA

NanoHorizons & Arrow International Collaborate on NanoBiomedical Device Development

STATE COLLEGE, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE--NanoHorizons, Inc., an emerging leader in nano-scale material and device technologies, today announced a research collaboration with Arrow International, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARRO), a leading supplier of clinically advanced disposable catheters based in Reading, PA, to develop opportunities to apply state of the art nano-technology to numerous emerging cost and performance issues in biomedical technology. It brings together the latest in new materials and device technology, and the practical experience and commercial success needed to focus such development....read the wave

 

 
Nano Medicine

Spying On A Cell - New Nanosensors A Body Can Live With by Lori Stiles

For two decades, chemists have been making great strides in analyzing the biological functions that drive living cells. But many biological substances still remain undetectable.

That will soon change, thanks to a biological sensor being developed by University of Arizona chemists. Their new sensor platform has many capabilities that current ones lack….read the wave

 

 

Nano Electronics:

The First Nanochips
As scientists and engineers continue to push back the limits of chipmaking technology, they have quietly entered into the nanometer realm By G. Dan Hutcheson

 

For most people, the notion of harnessing nanotechnology for electronic circuitry suggests something wildly futuristic. In fact, if you have used a personal computer made in the past few years, your work was most likely processed by semiconductors built with nanometer-scale features. These immensely sophisticated microchips--or rather, nanochips--are now manufactured by the millions, yet the scientists and engineers responsible for…read the wave


 

Nano Debate: Dick Staub Interview: William Dembski's Revolution

The author of Intelligent Design set out to answer the toughest questions about the movement he helped promote.

 

What is intelligent design, and how did you become a believer and an advocate for the idea?

What intelligent design does is it looks for signs of intelligence. Where it gets controversial is when it starts looking for signs of intelligence in biological systems. What makes it controversial is that if there is actual intelligence or design behind biology, it means that the intelligence is not an evolved intelligence. It's not an intelligence that's the result of blind purposeless material processes, as the Darwinists tell us. That's really what's at stake there…read the wave


 

Nano Debate: Russia

Nanotechnological breakthrough questioned

 

The first study to look at the health effects of microscopic, manufactured "nanoparticles" on aquatic animals has found troubling evidence that the molecules - which scientists are starting to make for research and industry - can trigger organ damage and other toxic effects….read the wave

 

 
Nano News: USA

NANOTECHNOLOGY USED TO ‘SHRINK” THE WHITE HOUSE

NanoBusiness Alliance Co-Founder Presents Bush Administration With Cutting Edge Cornell Nanotech Project
–The World’s Smallest White House

 

Washington DC - No, it's not a new Hollywood blockbuster: Cornell University professors have made a White House 1/100,000 the size of the original to honor President Bush's recent signing of the 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act.

Cornell University alumnus and NanoBusiness Alliance Co-Founder Josh Wolfe will present a lucite encased paperweight containing a chip with a lithograph of The White House as a gift to Dr. John H. Marburger, the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), at a meeting of the President's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), which Marburger also co-chairs...read the wave

 

 
 
nano news 31- 03 - 2004

Nano Research: USA

BAY AREA TO GET UNIQUE X-RAY MICROSCOPY RESOURCE:

 

A first-of-its-kind x-ray microscope being built for the Advanced Light Source (ALS) of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) holds forth the promise of “cat scans” for biological cells, and other unprecedented capabilities for cell and molecular biology studies.

The new microscopy resource also promises a better understanding of human diseases at the molecular level and possibly new discoveries for treating those diseases. Now, researchers with Berkeley Lab and the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF), have received grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to build and operate this microscope....read the wave


 

Nano Research: EU

Accord de coopération entre le CNRS et l'Institut national pour la science des matériaux japonais

 

Bernard LARROUTUROU, directeur général du CNRS et le Professeur Teruo KISHI, président du NIMS (National Institute for Materials Science Tsukuba Japon) ont signé un accord de coopération scientifique et technique en sciences et technologies des matériaux, le 25 mars 2004 au siège du CNRS à Paris.

Les nanosciences, les nanomatériaux et les nanotechnologies sont au cur de cet accord qui permettra de favoriser les échanges de chercheurs et d'informations scientifiques et techniques entre les deux pays. ...read the wave


 

Nano Debate:

Towards Molecular Nano Weapons in
China vs. U.S. “Unilateral Disarmament”

by Lev Navrozov

 

Eric Drexler published his seminal monograph, subtitled “The Coming Era of Nanotechnology,” in 1986. Five years earlier, in 1981, his article, published by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, had outlined nanotechnology.

On March 5, 2004, the magazine “Howard Lovy’s NanoBot” reported that “a National Nanotechnology Initiative official tried, unsuccessfully, to uninvite Eric Drexler from a conference at the University of South Carolina on ‘imaging and imagining Nanotechnology.’”…read the wave


 

Nano Electronics: UK

Single-Molecule Logic Proposed

 

Researchers from the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and University College London in England have devised a scheme for designing logic circuits within individual molecules.

The scheme could eventually be used to produce small, fast computers and to store large amounts of data in very small spaces. The method could also be modified to make sensors for detecting individual molecules ...read the wave

 

 
Nano Funding: USA

S.J. nanotech firm closes 2nd round of VC funding

 

NeoPhotonics, a developer of optical components using nano-materials-based processes, closed a second round of funding by raising more than $40 million from Oak Investment Partners and Institutional Venture Partners, who co-led the round, with participation from Draper Fisher Jurvetson, ATA Ventures, Rockport Capital Partners, Harris & Harris Group, Ventana Global Capital, Linkmore Limited and Alps Information Technology Fund. It brings total funding in Neophotonics to $100 million….read the wave

 

 
Nano News: USA

NANOTECHNOLOGY USED TO ‘SHRINK” THE WHITE HOUSE

NanoBusiness Alliance Co-Founder Presents Bush Administration With Cutting Edge Cornell Nanotech Project
–The World’s Smallest White House

 

Washington DC - No, it's not a new Hollywood blockbuster: Cornell University professors have made a White House 1/100,000 the size of the original to honor President Bush's recent signing of the 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act.

Cornell University alumnus and NanoBusiness Alliance Co-Founder Josh Wolfe will present a lucite encased paperweight containing a chip with a lithograph of The White House as a gift to Dr. John H. Marburger, the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), at a meeting of the President's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), which Marburger also co-chairs...read the wave

 

 

Nano Products:

Nano-Hive version 1.0.0 for win32-x86 platforms is now available for download.

 

The following distributions are available:
· Binary Distributions - for users who just want to run the simulator and who want to interface with the simulator via already existing plugins.
· Plugin Software Developer's Kit (PSDK) Distributions - for developers who want to write plugins for, and run, the simulator.
· Full Source Distributions - for developers working on the Nano-Hive core application and libraries.

There's also been some progress at the website - a new Projects & Contribution section was added where you can learn about upcoming Nano-Hive projects like the grid-computing clients, Nano-Wars, how you can be involved with them, and other ways to contribute to Nano-Hive.

Lastly, Nano-Hive Corporate Services are now available, providing
· Corporate licensing alternatives for non-GPL users and integrators of Nano-Hive
· Service contracts
· Consulting and custom development

Visit www.nano-hive.org to learn more. Nano-Hive's open source development and distributions are hosted at ...read the wave

 

 
nano news 30- 03 - 2004
Nano Research: USA

NEW TECHNIQUE USES HOUSEHOLD HUMIDIFIER TO CREATE NANOCOMPOSITE MATERIALS

 

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In what may sound like a project from a high school science fair, scientists are using a household humidifier to create porous spheres a hundred times smaller than a red blood cell. The technique is a new and inexpensive way to do chemistry using sound waves, the researchers say.

In the home, ultrasonic humidifiers are used to raise humidity, reduce static electricity and ease discomfort from the common cold or cough. In the lab, chemists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are using the devices to make complex nanocomposite materials that could prove useful as catalysts in applications ranging from refining petroleum to making pharmaceuticals. The procedure is both simple and efficient….read the wave


 
Nano Electronics: Canada

Nanotechnology expert predicts death of chip foundries

Author explains how diamonds could bring end to silicon era by Scott Foster


A more cost-effective method of manufacturing microchips will gradually replace multi-billion-dollar foundries with table-top boxes, marking the end of the silicon era and the potential death of many factory-floor jobs, a nanotechnology expert predicted Wednesday.

Advances in 3D manufacturing using nanotechnology are already taking place, Douglas Mulhall, author of Our Molecular Future, told an Ottawa audience during a morning presentation entitled "How Nanotechnology is Transforming Ottawa’s IT Horizon." …read the wave

 

 
Nano Products: Gibraltar

COOL CHIPS plc ON TARGET FOR COOLING POWER


Cool Chips plc announces it is meeting targets for the manufacture of quantum thermotunneling devices having a work function capable of pumping 3-5 Watts of heat across a surface area of one square centimeter. The production process shows a consistently high yield within the target parameters.

Scientists at the company’s in-house research facility report that the devices, consisting of two wafer-like surfaces separated by a nanoscale gap, demonstrate work functions of 0.9 eV (electron volt) or better. …read the wave

 

 

Nano Medicine: India

Seizing the nano edge

 

Stain-resistant clothing has already become a hit with Indian consumers but nanotechnology has plenty more to offer, says Surajeet Das Gupta

It’s a project to turn science fiction into futuristic reality. At Velbionanotech, a little-known Bangalore-based company, researchers are working on pathbreaking projects that — if successful — might dramatically reduce the need for heart surgery or for kidney stone operations.

What’s the frontier technology Velbionanotech is developing? It’s working on designing nanochips which will deliver a drug exactly to the affected area in the body.
So, one project aims to develop a chip which when injected into the body will head towards the kidney and remove stones. Another — even more…read the move


 

Nano News: Russia courtesy of Nano News Net

Career in NanoScience and NanoBusiness for Russian Youth!

 

Russian Youth Science Society (www.mno.ru), Institute of Nanotechnology of International Conversion Fund (www.nanotech.ru), and Nanotech Information Services Ltd (www.nanobot.ru) invite students, graduates and young scientists to take part in research activities of ICF Institute of Nanotechnology. Institute staff has a lot of unique amazing opportunities:...read the wave

 

 

Nano Products: Russia courtesy of Nano News Net

Russian company to launch native nanoproduct: «RVS» repair and restoration composition.

 

With use of nanotechnology methods, Russian nanotechnology concern Nanoindustry (www.nanotech.ru) launched commercial unique repair and restoration composition, called RVS (Remontno-Vosstanovitelny Sostav).

This composition provides self-assembly of special nanoparticles to modified high-carbon ferrosilicate protective layer (MHPL) 1-15 micrometers thick over intensive friction areas of metallic surfaces....read the wave

 

 

Nano News: Russia courtesy of Nano News Net

Russian Competition of youth projects on domestic MNT development.

 

Nanotech Information Services Ltd (www.nanobot.ru) Institute of Nanotechnology of International Conversion Fund (www.nanotech.ru), and Youth Science Society (www.mno.ru) announced start of Competition of Russian youth projects on domestic MNT development. ...read the wave

 

 

Nano News: Iran

NanoTech news from Iran.

 

NanoTechnology Newsletter (NO.55) and (No.56) news from Iran.
Please note not in English …read the wave

 

 

Nano Electronics: Japan

Toshiba, Rambus Ink Serial Link Cell Deal

 

Toshiba Corp. has signed an agreement to incorporate Rambus Inc.'s RaSer serial link cell technology into its 90nm process technology library, the company have announced.

The cell technology operates at up to 6.25Gbits/sec. and aims to address some of the toughest connection problems associated with the backplane. In addition, the cell meets the Fibre Channel standard at 1, 2 and 4Gbps for storage area networking (SAN) applications….read the wave

 

 
nano news 29- 03 - 2004
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Nano Electronics:

Wire-growth process leads to flexible nanosystems

 

An approach to creating single-crystal nanowires from just about any semi conducting material is being pioneered by Charles Lieber and his group at Harvard University in tandem with the nanotech startup he co-founded, Nanosys Inc.

Together with methods for placing wires in arrays and multilayers, the technique promises to create complesystems at the nanoscale….read the wave


 

Nano products:

Nanotechnology is hot: For mundane products

The technology is now used to strengthen coatings, plastics, paints.
By Harold Brubaker

 

Nanotechnology is the latest "greatest technology revolution" ever.

To skeptics, such hyperbole is a sure sign that the science of manipulating individual molecules will ultimately fail to meet expectations, as happened with industrial ceramics, superconductors and other scientific innovations
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Nano Research: USA

Type of Buckyball Shown To Cause Brain Damage In Fish


Researchers have found that a type of buckyball—a carbon nanoparticle that shows promise for electronic, commercial and pharmaceutical uses — can cause significant brain damage in fish.

The small preliminary study, the first to demonstrate that nanoparticles can cause toxic effects in an aquatic species, could point to potential risks in people exposed to the particles, they say. The study was described today at the 227th national meeting of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society
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Nano Products :

Composite Fibers With Carbon Nanotubes Offer Improved Properties

 

A new class of fibers Strong and versatile carbon nanotubes are finding new applications in improving conventional polymer-based fibers and films. For example, composite fibers made from single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) and polyacrylonitrile – a carbon fiber precursor – are stronger, stiffer and shrink less than standard fibers….read the wave

 

 
Nano Debate:

Health Concerns in Nanotechnology
By BARNABY J. FEDER

Buckyballs, a spherical form of carbon discovered in 1985 and an important material in the new field of nanotechnology, can cause extensive brain damage in fish, according to research presented yesterday at a national meeting of the American Chemical Society in Anaheim, Calif.

Eva Oberdörster, an environmental toxicologist at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, said the buckyballs also altered the behavior of genes in liver cells of the juvenile largemouth bass she studied….read the wave

 

 
Nano Debate:

Nanotechnology Linked to Organ Damage – Study
By Rick Weiss Washington Post Staff Writer

The first study to look at the health effects of microscopic, manufactured "nanoparticles" on aquatic animals has found troubling evidence that the molecules -- which scientists are starting to make for research and industry -- can trigger organ damage and other toxic effects.

At modest concentrations in aquarium water, the minuscule particles -- which are made of carbon atoms and are less than one-thousandth the diameter of a human hair -- triggered damaging…read the wave

 

 
Nano Research: Germany

DNA has Nano Building in Hand

Researchers from Ludwig Maximilians University in Germany have built a simple molecular machine from DNA that can bind to and release single molecules of a specific type of protein.

The DNA hand can be made to select any of many types of proteins, and could eventually be used to construct materials or machines molecule-by-molecule.
The researchers used DNA branch migration, a method that allows a DNA nanostructure to switch…read the wave

 


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