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  • Solving molybdenum disulfide's 'thin' problem

    Nanowerk Nanotechnology Research News
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:09 pm
    Research team increases material's light emission by twelve times.
  • Graphene reduces wear of alumina ceramic

    Nanotechnology Now Recent News
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:28 pm
    Ceramics, hard crystalline solids, have been utilized by mankind for thousands of years, with earliest applications in pottery. In modern times, new ceramic materials were developed for use in advance...
  • Researchers Produce 2D Multilayered Semiconductor Materials Using Silicon Telluride - Nanotechnology News Feed
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:18 am
    Brown University researchers have developed a new method of producing new 2D multilayered graphene-like semiconductor materials in a variety of shapes and orientations using silicon telluride. The...
  • Designer's toolkit for dynamic DNA nanomachines: Arm-waving nanorobot signals new flexibility in DNA origami

    Nanotechnology News -- ScienceDaily
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:16 pm
    Researchers have demonstrated a new approach to joining -- and reconfiguring -- modular DNA building units, by snapping together complementary shapes instead of zipping together strings of base pairs. This not only opens the way for practical nanomachines with moving parts, but also offers a toolkit that makes it easier to program their self-assembly.
  • Europe hoists first navigation satellites post mislaunch - latest science and technology news stories
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:15 pm
    Europe launched two navigation satellites Friday for its rival to America's GPS system, the first additions to the Galileo constellation since a technical mishap misdirected two orbiters last year.
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  • Europe hoists first navigation satellites post mislaunch

    27 Mar 2015 | 3:15 pm
    Europe launched two navigation satellites Friday for its rival to America's GPS system, the first additions to the Galileo constellation since a technical mishap misdirected two orbiters last year.
  • Festo has BionicANTs communicating by the rules for tasks

    27 Mar 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Germany-based automation company Festo, focused on technologies for tasks, turns to nature for inspiration, trying to take the cues from how nature performs tasks so efficiently. "Whether it's energy efficiency, lightweight construction or function integration – over time, nature has developed a wealth of optimization strategies for adapting to its environment, and these strategies can be applied to the world of engineering," a Festo sentiment shared by many engineers outside of Festo.
  • Italian olive tree disease stumps EU

    27 Mar 2015 | 3:10 pm
    EU member states are divided on how to stop the spread of a disease affecting olive trees in Italy that could result in around a million being cut down, officials said Friday.
  • Mexico sets 25 pct pollution cut by 2030 for climate talks

    27 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Mexico has become the first developing nation to submit pollutant reduction goals for next fall's Paris climate change talks, pledging to cut greenhouse gas and black carbon emissions 25 percent by 2030.
  • Jury decides Silicon Valley firm did not discriminate

    27 Mar 2015 | 2:49 pm
    A jury decided Friday that a prestigious venture capital firm did not discriminate or retaliate against a female employee in a case that shined a light on gender imbalance and working conditions for women in Silicon Valley.
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  • at the Faraday Discussions 4: Using biomaterials for photonics

    27 Mar 2015 | 3:08 pm
    To celebrate the International Year of Light will be highlighting some of the most exciting research in the fast-moving field of nanophotonics. In February we attended the Faraday Discussions, a series of conferences organized by the Royal Society of Chemistry that exploits an interactive panel format to foster discussion around a particular research theme.
  • Port Discovery Children's Museum: Museum on the Move

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:59 am
    Port Discovery Children's Museum is on the move! Visitors to the Robinson Nature Center in Columbia, Maryland, can learn all about nanotechnology through Port Discovery Children's Museum's Museum on the Move program. A new interactive exhibit is on display at a local nature center.
  • Science Lessons: Festival Saturday

    27 Mar 2015 | 6:45 am
    Maria Mitchell Association director of natural science Andrew McKenna Foster explains nanotechnology to Aspen Elizabeth Cox using gummy capsules. I&M Photo Galleries ? The Maria Mitchell Association and Nantucket Community School will host the island's first ever Science Festival Saturday in the Cyrus Peirce School cafeteria.
  • Global nanotechnology-based medical devices market is expected to grow by a CAGR of 12% until 2019

    27 Mar 2015 | 1:33 am
    This market is mainly driven by the rising aging population, increasing R&D expenditure, and international research collaborations. However, high costs of nanotechnology-based medical devices and time-consuming product approval processes are inhibiting the growth of this market to a certain extent.
  • Report Published: "Shrink Nanotechnologies, Inc. (INKN) - Financial...

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:24 pm
    Shrink Nanotechnologies, Inc. is engaged in developing technologies primarily for solar energy, medical and diagnostic sensors and research tools. The company's products include NanoShrink, ShrinkChip Manufacturing Solution, MetalFluor and OptiSol.
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  • Automated synthesis expands nanotechnology building block repertoire

    Jim Lewis
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:42 pm
    A machine in University of Illinois chemistry professor Martin Burke's lab assembles complex small molecules out of simple chemical building blocks, like a 3-D printer on the molecular level. Credit: University of Illinois. Photo by L. Brian Stauffer High-throughput atomically precise manufacturing (APM) has been described as a manufacturing technology that could be developed over the next few decades that could radically change civilization (Radical Abundance). APM has been alternatively referred to as “molecular nanotechnology”, “molecular manufacturing” and…
  • Targeted nanoparticles deliver molecules to resolve atherosclerotic inflammation

    Jim Lewis
    9 Mar 2015 | 7:48 pm
    Schematic of a targeted nanoparticle with a hydrophilic polymer shell containing targeting ligands and a hydrophobic polymer core containing therapeutic cargo. Credit: Harvard Medical School and Science Translational Medicine. Our most recent posts (here and here) focused on increasing acceptance of the idea that the ultimate future of nanotechnology rests with high throughput atomically precise manufacturing. This one exemplifies the use of atomically precise elements from biotechnology and chemistry incorporated into non-atomically precise but increasingly sophisticated nanostructures to…
  • Atomically precise manufacturing as the future of nanotechnology

    Jim Lewis
    8 Mar 2015 | 5:35 pm
    Screenshot of DNA nanorobot designed using cadnano. Credit: Nature Nanotechnology. Continuing the theme of our previous post, is the idea of atomically precise manufacturing as the future of nanotechnology accruing credibility in the blogosphere? Over at Gizmodo Jamie Condliffe asks “What Will the Future of Molecular Manufacturing Really Be Like?“: Molecular machines are nano-scale assemblers that construct themselves and their surroundings into ever more complex structures. Sometimes dubbed “nanotech” in the media, these devices are promising — but also widely…
  • Are nanorobots and atomically precise manufacturing becoming mainstream nanotechnology?

    Jim Lewis
    7 Mar 2015 | 1:50 pm
    Two months ago we noted renewed interest in the prospects of atomically precise manufacturing originating from outside the community of those usually interested in advanced nanotechnology. The writer we cited gave an excellent overview of the prospects based on Eric Drexler’s Radical Abundance: How a Revolution in Nanotechnology Will Change Civilization, published in 2013, and on Productive Nanosystems: A Technology Roadmap, published by Battelle Memorial Institute and the Foresight Institute in 2007. Three more articles appeared the past few weeks. Foresight President Paul Melnyk…
  • Small, fast, electrically-driven nanomotors

    Jim Lewis
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:13 am
    Credit: University of Texas at Austin In a post here a number of years ago then-Foresight President J. Storrs Hall commented on the power density that nanomotors based on advanced nanotechnology are expected to have—on the order of a megawatt in a cubic millimeter. How is current research in nanomotors progressing? Last year Phys.Org reprinted this University of Texas at Austin news release “Engineers Build World’s Smallest, Fastest Nanomotor“: Researchers at the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have built the smallest, fastest and…
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  • Graphene reduces wear of alumina

    27 Mar 2015 | 8:56 am
    Ceramics, hard crystalline solids, have been utilized by mankind for thousands of years, with earliest applications in pottery. In modern times, new ceramic materials were developed for use in advanced ceramic engineering, for example as semiconductors. One popular ceramic is alumina, an oxide of the metal aluminium. Alumina has for a long time been used in biomedical applications such as load-bearing hip prostheses and dental implants, due to its high resistance to corrosion, low friction, high wear resistance and strength. As material science progresses and advanced materials penetrate into…
  • Associate Research Fellow - Institute for Superconducting & Electronic Materials (Australia)

    25 Mar 2015 | 3:13 pm
    POSITION TYPE Fixed Term, 1 Year Appointment CLOSING 19 April 2015 REF NO. 25362 The Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials is a world-class collaborative team conducting research in superconducting and electronic materials science and technology. ISEM seeks to stimulate the technological and commercial development to advance technologies including batteries for electric vehicles and energy storage; applied superconductivity for electrical and medical devices; energy conversion and transmission; spintronic and electronic materials for applications; terahertz science; and nano…
  • Postdoctoral positions in Nano-Plasmonics and Nano-Photonics - Bilkent University, Turkey

    25 Mar 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Bilkent NANOTAM is offering a postdoctoral position to young scientist who wishes to enhance his/her scientific career in research environment with outstanding infrastructure. We are looking for ahighly motivated candidate with background in characterization of photonic nanostructures . Candidates should hold a Ph.D. in physics, engineering or related disciplines. Expertise in characterization of micro/nano devices will be considered a plus. For this research position, the candidates will work on projects in the fields of Plasmonics and Nano-Optics. The post doc will be in charge of…
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Center for Molecular Materials - University of Oulu, Finland

    25 Mar 2015 | 9:16 am
    The University of Oulu is an international scientific community, with 16 000 students and approximately 3 000 employees. The strenghts of the University are wide multidisciplinary study/research interests and modern research and study environment and good cooperation with international educational and research institutes.  The following job is open in the University of Oulu:Opening for the position of a postdoctoral researcher at Center for Molecular Materials Temporary position for two years The position The position of a postdoctoral researcher is open for applications. The position is…
  • Two Super-Resolution Microscopists (STED and STORM) - STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Oxfordshire, UK

    23 Mar 2015 | 11:25 am
    The CLF Octopus facility, at the Research Complex at Harwell, delivers the most advanced optical microscopy methods available anywhere (e.g. multi-colour confocal-tweezers combined systems, multi-modal and multi-colour single molecule imaging and tracking, STED, STORM, SIM, Multi-photon confocal FLIM/PLIM, etc) distributed across 14 microscope end stations. The facility has undergone significant growth through capital investment in several modalities of super-resolution microscopy. We now have opportunities for two Microscopists, one STED and the other STORM, to lead the user operation…
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  • A Columnist Wonders: Can Congress Do Its Job?

    16 Mar 2015 | 10:19 am
    By jprattJack Pratt is Chemicals Campaign Director “It’s not that members of Congress don’t work hard…yet they regularly manage to avoid accomplishing anything even on those matters on which they overwhelmingly agree,” observed Melinda Hennebergert this morning in Bloomberg Politics. She was talking, in part, about the new bill to reform America’s broken chemical safety law. Everyone agrees the current system is a national disgrace, preventing the EPA from banning even known carcinogens like asbestos. Yet there’s fierce opposition to the only legislative vehicle that could…
  • Bipartisanship is not a dirty word

    Richard Denison
    15 Mar 2015 | 12:36 pm
    By Richard DenisonRichard Denison, Ph.D., is a Lead Senior Scientist The lead editorial in today’s Santa Fe New Mexican pushes back against the grossly unfair criticism of Senator Tom Udall because he is backing critically needed legislation to reform our nation’s nearly 40-year-old chemical safety law. The editorial is an island of sanity in a sea of hyperbolic partisan rhetoric unleashed this week against the strongly bipartisan Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act.  As the editorial makes clear, Senator Udall deserves the lion’s share of the credit for…
  • Bi-Partisan Chemical Safety Bill Introduced to Strengthen Protections Against Health Risks

    Richard Denison
    10 Mar 2015 | 11:01 am
    By Richard DenisonRichard Denison, Ph.D., is a Lead Senior Scientist Environmental Defense Fund issued the following press release in response to today's introduction of The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act [UPDATE:  The bill number is S. 697].  We have also prepared an accompanying factsheet and detailed bill analysis.   Bi-Partisan Chemical Safety Bill Creates Strong New Protections Against Hidden Health Threats The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act Would Overhaul Weak Federal Law, Provide New Powers to Require Safety of…
  • EPA rolls out its redesigned labels under the newly minted Safer Choice Program

    Jennifer McPartland
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:23 pm
    By Jennifer McPartlandJennifer McPartland, Ph.D., is a Health Scientist. Today, the EPA Design for the Environment Program (DfE) Safer Choice program (formerly, the safer product labeling program) unveiled its newly redesigned family of three product labels. The voluntary Safer Choice program seeks to recognize and bring consumer awareness to those products whose chemical ingredients represent the safest among those within a particular chemical functional class (e.g., solvents). Today’s milestone is the result of a public process led by the EPA DfE program to solicit feedback on a new…
  • Evidence mounts on BPA’s adverse effects on human health

    Lindsay McCormick
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:47 pm
    By Lindsay McCormickLindsay McCormick is a Research Analyst Bisphenol A (BPA) is a high production volume chemical that is used to make polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins.  It is commonly found in food and beverage packaging, such as plastic bottles and the lining of food cans, as well as thermal paper receipts (see our previous blog).  BPA is widely-recognized as an endocrine-disrupting chemical, meaning that it can alter the normal functioning of the body’s hormonal system.  Hundreds of studies have been published associating BPA exposure with health effects, ranging from cancer…
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  • Does radical innovation best get done by big firms or little ones?

    Richard Jones
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:56 am
    A recent blogpost by the economist Diane Coyle quoted JK Galbraith as saying in 1952: “The modern industry of a few large firms is an excellent instrument for inducing technical change. It is admirably equipped for financing technical development and for putting it into use. The competition of the competitive world, by contrast, almost completely precludes technical development.” Coyle describes this as “complete nonsense” -“ big firms tend to do incremental innovation, while radical innovation tends to come from small entrants.” This is certainly conventional wisdom…
  • Growth, technological innovation, and the British productivity crisis

    Richard Jones
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:38 pm
    The biggest current issue in the UK’s economic situation is the continuing slump in productivity. It’s this poor productivity performance that underlies slow or no real wage growth, and that also contributes to disappointing government revenues and consequent slow progress reducing the government deficit. Yet the causes of this poor productivity performance are barely discussed, let alone understood. In the long-term, productivity growth is associated with innovation and technological progress – have we stopped being able to innovate? The ONS has recently released a set of…
  • Science, Politics, and the Haldane Principle

    Richard Jones
    5 Jan 2015 | 1:09 pm
    The UK government published a new Science and Innovation Strategy just before Christmas, in circumstances that have led to a certain amount of comment (see, for example, here and here). There’s a lot to be said about this strategy, but here I want to discuss just one aspect – the document’s extended references to the Haldane Principle. This principle is widely believed to define, in UK science policy, a certain separation between politics and science, taking detailed decisions about what science to fund out of the hands of politicians and entrusting them to experts in the Research…
  • Responsible innovation and irresponsible stagnation

    Richard Jones
    16 Nov 2014 | 12:05 pm
    This long blogpost is based on a lecture I gave at UCL a couple of weeks ago, for which you can download the overheads here. It’s a bit of a rough cut but I wanted to write it down while it was fresh in my mind. People talk about innovation now in two, contradictory, ways. The prevailing view is that innovation is accelerating. In everyday life, the speed with which our electronic gadgets become outdated seems to provide supporting evidence for this view, which, taken to the extreme, leads to the view of Kurzweil and his followers that we are approaching a technological singularity.
  • What the UK government should do about science and innovation

    Richard Jones
    12 Nov 2014 | 3:59 am
    I have a new post up at the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute’s blog – Rebuilding the UK’s innovation economy. It’s a more tightly edited version of my earlier post on Soft Machines with the same title.
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    Next Big Future

  • Saudi Arabia invades Yemen with 150,000 soldiers, 100 fighter jets and 76 fighters from partners

    27 Mar 2015 | 9:40 am
    Saudi Arabia on Wednesday night launched airstrikes against Iranian-backed Shiite rebel forces in Yemen, responding to distress calls from the U.S.-backed Yemeni president who was fleeing the country in the face of relentless advances by the rebels.The intervention brings the risk that Yemen will become ground zero for a proxy war pitting Saudi Arabia and other Sunni Arab states against Iran, the region’s largest Shiite power, and signals a marked escalation of complexity in the evolving war gripping several nations across the Middle East.Saudi Arabia deployed 100 fighter jets, 150,000…
  • Boeing patents temporary plasma forcefields that will reduce shockwaves from explosions

    27 Mar 2015 | 2:04 am
    Boeing has a patent for temporary "forcefields" against shockwaves. The blast shockwave would be attenuated by creating a plasma. An arc generator may be configured to generate a focused microwave beam or a focused laser beam. The focused beam rapidly heats the air in the selected region and changes its temperature, density and composition, the latter the result of the creation of free electrons. The arc generator may be adapted to create a conducting path for the electric current. Accordingly, the arc generator may be configured to generate one or more of a laser-induced plasma…
  • Quantum compuer resistant version of public key encryption from modified knapsack code

    27 Mar 2015 | 2:04 am
    - Washington State University mathematicians have designed an encryption code capable of fending off the phenomenal hacking power of a quantum computer.Using high-level number theory and cryptography, the researchers reworked an infamous old cipher called the knapsack code to create an online security system better prepared for future demands.Quantum computers operate on the subatomic level and theoretically provide processing power that could be exponentially faster than classical computers. Several companies are in the race to develop quantum computers including Google and Dwave Systems.The…
  • The New Aircraft carriers for UK, Japan, USA, China and India by 2020

    27 Mar 2015 | 1:37 am
    The estimated cost for the UK of building the two large aircraft carriers has almost doubled to more than £6bn. The F-35 programme, meanwhile, has faced serious technical problems and the cost of the aircraft has spiralled to an estimated £70m each.HMS Prince of Wales is the second Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier under construction for the Royal Navy, with plans for active service from 2020. The Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers are unique among world aircraft carriers in having two islands, the forward one housing the main bridge for ship control and the aft island is for air…
  • Russian plans building a dozen new guide missile destoyer and then a supercarrier

    27 Mar 2015 | 12:53 am
    Deputy Commander of the Russian Navy Admiral Igor Kasatonov recently announced that Russia would build its first aircraft carrier – although construction will begin only after 2025.The National Interest, citing Itar-Tass News Agency, reported that the proposed carrier would be able to hold about 100 aircraft and would use a catapult take-off system.In his statement, Kasatonov noted that Russia would gain experience in constructing and operating of large modern ships while completing the ocean-going destroyer ship “Leader,” which would become the “theoretical basis and the foundation…
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  • State Street debt flagged for possible downgrade

    Greg Ryan
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Moody’s Investors Service has flagged State Street Corp.’s (NYSE:STT) senior debt rating for a possible downgrade, using a new analysis that better accounts for how different types of creditors would be affected if the bank ever failed. The company's existing A1 rating on its senior debt signifies a low credit risk, but nonetheless is now under review. So too is State Street Bank and Trust Co.’s Aa3 senior debt rating, which signifies very low credit risk. Moody’s recently revamped its…
  • The Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission has a new director

    Jessica Bartlett
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:31 am
    The Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission has a new head, with Gov. Charlie Baker and Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders appointing Adelaide “Nicky” Osborne to lead the agency. Osborne will oversee 800 employees in 27 offices, which provide vocational rehabilitation to 22,000 people and community living services to another 11,000. Previously, Osborne worked as director of the Brain Injury and Statewide Specialized Community Services for the Commission, managing a $34 million…
  • Forsyth Institute discovers why antacid use can lead to bone fractures

    Jessica Bartlett
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:30 am
    More than 100 million Americans take antacids, putting themselves at risk for more fragile bones. And thanks to research recently released from the Forsyth Institute, scientists finally know why. The research, conducted in mice and published in a March issue of medical research journal PLOS Genetics, found that stomach acid in the gastrointestinal tract plays an important role in helping the intestines absorb and transfer calcium to the skeletal system. While antacids reduce acidity in the stomach,…
  • Here's what it looks like when a RadioShack closes in Boston (BBJ photo gallery)

    David Harris
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:29 am
    Consumer electronics retailer RadioShack is in the midst of closing stores after declaring bankruptcy earlier this year. And Boston locations are no exception. I happened to come across a soon-to-be-closed RadioShack at 95 Summer St. and the scene was kind of eery. The walls were bare and curious shoppers were trying to make sense of a post-RadioShack world — or just taking advantage of the fire sale. There were bright orange stickers stating that the fixtures and other "equipment" were on sale…
  • Video game developer Outact Inc. raises $1.6M

    Sara Castellanos
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:15 am
    Video game development startup Outact Inc. has raised $1.66 million in equity funding, according to a regulatory filing. Company executives could not be reached for comment. Three undisclosed investors were listed on the filing, which was the company's first with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Outact, whose headquarters are listed as being in Marlborough, also has offices in China and its vision is "to pioneer online gaming innovation and our mission is to catch and integrate elements…
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