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  • Nanotech firm begins hiring for new Marcy facility (300+ jobs in New York State)

    05/03/2017 12:10:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    The Rome Sentinel ^ | May 2, 2017 | Dan Guzewich
    MARCY — Danfoss Silicon Power has begun posting job openings for its new facility at the Computer Chip Commercialization Center, also called the Quad-C, on the SUNY Polytechnic Institute campus. The company, based in Germany, is in the preliminary stages of scaling up inside the Quad-C so it can start commercial production in the first quarter of next year, according to site general manager Michael Hennessey. “With a little luck and a lot of hard work, that’s our plan,” he said of the timetable. As of Wednesday, the company’s website began showing several positions that specifically list the Oneida County...
  • Mini-nukes and mosquito-like robot weapons being primed for future warfare

    Nanotechnology opens up the possibility to manufacture mini-nuke components so small that they are difficult to screen and detect. Furthermore, the weapon (capable of an explosion equivalent to about 100 tons of TNT) could be compact enough to fit into a pocket or purse and weigh about 5 pounds and destroy large buildings or be combined to do greater damage to an area. "When we talk about making conventional nuclear weapons, they are difficult to make," he said. "Making a mini-nuke would be difficult but in some respects not as difficult as a full-blown nuclear weapon." Del Monte explained that...
  • Scientists Just Made a Lightbulb That’s One Atom Thick

    06/19/2015 6:56:50 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 25 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 06.19.15 | G. Clay Whittaker
    By creating a filament that glows bright enough to be seen by the naked eye, a team at Columbia may have finally found a use for graphene—and it could change the future of computers. It’s a finding that may change the way computers function in the coming decade. Scientists at Columbia University have created a graphene filament that glows bright enough to be visible to the naked eye. It’s a massive step in finding a practical use for the material, which could make its way into microchips, displays, lightbulbs, and optical networks with everyday application. James Hone, who leads the...
  • Nanotechnology platform shows promise for treating pancreatic cancer

    03/24/2015 10:09:03 AM PDT · by Patriot777 · 4 replies
    University of Calfornia at Los Angeles, ^ | March 24, 2015 - 5 hours ago | Shaun Mason
    Scientists at UCLA's California NanoSystems Institute and Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center have combined their nanotechnology expertise to create a new treatment that may solve some of the problems of using chemotherapy to treat pancreatic cancer. The study, published online in the journal ACS Nano, describes successful experiments to combine two drugs within a specially designed mesoporous silica nanoparticle that looks like a glass bubble. The drugs work together to shrink human pancreas tumors in mice as successfully as the current standard treatment, but at one twelfth the dosage. This lower dosage could reduce both the cost of treatment and the...
  • Gold Nanoparticles Show Promise for Early Detection of Heart Attacks (Title Truncated)

    01/15/2015 12:38:54 PM PST · by Up Yours Marxists · 2 replies
    Nanotechnology Now ^ | January 15, 2015 20:06 GMT | Not Listed
    Kurt H. Becker, a professor in the Department of Applied Physics and the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and WeiDong Zhu, a research associate professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, are helping develop a new colloidal gold test strip for cardiac troponin I (cTn-I) detection. The new strip uses microplasma-generated gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) and shows much higher detection sensitivity than conventional test strips. The new cTn-I test is based on the specific immune-chemical reactions between antigen and antibody on immunochromatographic test strips using AuNPs. Compared to AuNPs produced by traditional chemical methods, the surfaces of the...
  • Nanotechnology Builds Unbreakable Condoms

    01/01/2015 4:26:08 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/01/2015 | TIM SANDLE, DIGITAL JOURNAL
    It is always better to be safe than sorry and with sexual intercourse nanotech may have the answer for lowering the risk of condoms breaking at the wrong moment. New contraceptive technologies: condoms, pills, and implantable devices – provide reversible and permanent forms of protection. The usage of such product, however, varies widely. With the new study, the focus is on condoms. Researchers are harnessing nanotechnology to develop an unbreakable and efficient condom. At the same time it is hoped that the technology will make the rubbery devices more appealing to use. Behind the research is not only a desire...
  • Next-gen lithium-ion battery charges 20x faster, lasts 20x longer

    10/13/2014 9:17:01 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 88 replies ^ | 1 hour, 33 mins ago Oct 13, 2014 | Anthony Garreffa
    Improved lithium-ion battery technology is coming, charging up your battery to 70% in two minutes, or an entire electric car in 15 minutes ***************************************************** Tweet3 Share0 The next-generation of lithium-ion batteries is really going to ensure that users get all-day, and even more battery life out of their devices. A team of researchers in Singapore have developed this improved lithium-ion battery tech, which is capable of recharging a battery to 70% in just two minutes, yes: 120 seconds.    The clinch, is that this isn't a new battery technology, but it improves on the existing technology that is used. The...
  • Bee, scorpion and snake venom may hold cancer cure

    08/17/2014 8:05:51 AM PDT · by Innovative · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | Aug 12, 2014 | Jen Christensen
    A scientist at the University of Illinois, Dipanjan Pan, and his team say they may have found a way to stop cancer cell growth, according to a paper presented at the American Chemical Society conference this week. The work is in very early stages, but has shown success in stopping breast cancer and melanoma cell growth in lab tests. Pan's technique uses nanotechnology to deliver a synthesized element similar to the venom found in bees, snakes and scorpions.
  • Butt batteries: Scientists store energy in used cigarette filters

    08/13/2014 2:28:15 AM PDT · by blueplum · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 6, 2014 | Michael Szabo; Mark Potter
    (Reuters) - Scientists in South Korea say they have found a way of converting used cigarette butts into a material capable of storing energy that could help power everything from mobile phones to electric cars. In a study published on Tuesday in the journal Nanotechnology, researchers from Seoul National University outlined how they transformed the used filters, which are composed mainly of cellulose acetate fibers and are considered toxic and a risk to the environment when discarded. "Our study has shown that used cigarette filters can be transformed into a high-performing carbon-based material using a simple one-step process, which simultaneously...
  • New type of microengine using internal combustion of hydrogen and oxygen

    03/13/2014 11:23:48 AM PDT · by Kevmo · 5 replies
    MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology, University of Twente, ^ | March 2014 | Vitaly B. Svetovoy*1,2, Remco G. P. Sanders1, Kechun Ma1 & Miko C. Elwenspoek1,3
    New type of microengine using internal combustion of hydrogen and oxygen Vitaly B. Svetovoy*1,2, Remco G. P. Sanders1, Kechun Ma1 & Miko C. Elwenspoek1,3 MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology, University of Twente, PO 217, 7500 AE Enschede, The Netherlands ( 2Institute of Physics and Technology, Yaroslavl Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences, 150007,Yaroslavl, Russia 3FRIAS, University of Freiburg, 79104 Freiburg, Germany Microsystems become part of everyday life but their application is restricted by lack of strong and fast motors (actuators) converting energy into motion. For example, widespread internal combustion engines cannot be scaled down because combustion reactions are quenched in a small...
  • Intricate 3D Printed Materials Lighter Than Water And As Strong as Steel

    02/11/2014 5:31:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    SingularityHUB ^ | February 11, 2014 | Jason Dorrier
    Using precision lasers, a Nanoscribe 3D printer can print models of the Empire State building in a space the width of a human hair. Watching the machine build through the “lens” of an electron microscope is otherworldly—but the printer’s potential runs beyond microscale model making. Researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, led by Jens Bauer, believe such 3D printers may help craft a new generation of materials lighter than water and strong as steel. Today, the sturdiest materials tend to be the densest (like metals), and the least dense materials tend to be the weakest (like foams). Ideally, materials...
  • The Reluctant Visionary

    11/27/2013 1:35:43 PM PST · by Da Bilge Troll · 9 replies
    Foundation for Economic Education ^ | NOVEMBER 27, 2013 | PHIL BOWERMASTER
    "Nanotechnology-driven manufacturing will change our world in fundamental ways—but we shouldn’t get too worked up about it." In 1959, Richard Feynman delivered a lecture with the provocative title “There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom." Speaking at a meeting of the American Physical Society at Caltech, the Nobel-laureate-to-be speculated about the possibility of manipulating matter at the atomic level via exquisitely small machines. Would it be possible, Feynman asked, for such machinery to configure atoms themselves, producing atomically precise outputs? Might we one day have billions of submicroscopic factories working in parallel to produce anything and everything we need? It...
  • Container's material properties affect the viscosity of water at the nanoscale

    09/22/2013 12:00:40 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 9 replies ^ | 9/19/13
    Container's material properties affect the viscosity of water at the nanoscale Sep 19, 2013 Enlarge Georgia Tech associate professor Elisa Riedo poses with a glass water bottle and a plastic water bottle. While container materials don't significantly affect the rate at which water pours from bottles of this size, a new study shows that the properties of containers at the nanoscale dramatically affect the viscosity of water. Credit: Rob Felt Water pours into a cup at about the same rate regardless of whether the water bottle is made of glass or plastic. But at nanometer-size scales for water and potentially...
  • Easy route to stable silver nanoparticles

    09/06/2013 3:21:52 PM PDT · by neverdem · 2 replies
    Nature News ^ | 04 September 2013 | Mark Peplow
    Cheap synthesis offers edge over gold particles for biomedicine and solar cells. In the realm of nanoparticles, gold reigns supreme. Stable and easy to handle, gold nanoparticles have been used to image cells, deliver drugs and detect disease biomarkers. Silver, by contrast, has suffered from a tarnished reputation, because it is more easily oxidized than gold. It is cheaper, but its nanoparticles degrade far too easily for most uses. Two teams of chemists are now burnishing silver’s status. They have independently developed methods to make robust silver nanoparticles on a large scale — and have worked out what makes them...
  • Silent labs for futuristic nanotechnology

    08/29/2013 9:13:16 PM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 28 August 2013 | Rowan Frame
    Scientists can now experiment at the atomic scale with unprecedented accuracy in new ‘silent’ laboratories in Switzerland. These labs are shielded against all possible forms of background disturbances – external vibrations, acoustic noise, electromagnetic fields and temperature fluctuations. It is hoped that the labs, devised by Emanuel Lörtscher and his team at IBM Zurich, will accommodate the demands of nanotechnology for the next 20–30 years. The labs were designed to screen all sources of background noise relevant to nanotechnologyWhen probing or building structures at the nanoscale, experimental readings are so tiny that they are easily drowned out by any...
  • This 1,600-Year-Old Goblet Shows that the Romans Were Nanotechnology Pioneers

    08/25/2013 2:39:06 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 31 replies
    Smithsonian magazine ^ | September 2013 | Zeeya Merali
    The Romans may have first come across the colorful potential of nanoparticles by accident but they seem to have perfected it... The glass chalice, known as the Lycurgus Cup because it bears a scene involving King Lycurgus of Thrace, appears jade green when lit from the front but blood-red when lit from behind -- a property that puzzled scientists for decades after the museum acquired the cup in the 1950s. The mystery wasn’t solved until 1990, when researchers in England scrutinized broken fragments under a microscope and discovered that the Roman artisans were nanotechnology pioneers: They’d impregnated the glass with...
  • Sound solution to nanoparticle handling problems

    08/04/2013 2:40:03 PM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 2 August 2013 | Hayley Birch
    Nickel oxide nanoparticles glued together with ultrasound lost none of their catalytic activity © Wiley-VCHResearchers are using ultrasound to bond nanoparticles – essentially sticking together particles too small to be seen with sounds too high-pitched to be heard. The technique apparently preserves the special properties of nanomaterials, while producing micro-scale particles that are easier to handle.Jake Barralet at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and colleagues show they can take nanoparticles, coat them in phosphate and then weld them together in an ultrasonic bath to form microparticles around 200µm in size.A chance discovery, the team initially assumed the phenomenon was...
  • Nano Masterpieces

    07/25/2013 1:10:30 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | July 23, 2013 | Robert F. Service
    C. Mirkin, Northwestern UniversityLight work. Using a digital micromirror to split beams of light and direct them through apertures in polymer pyramids, Northwestern University researchers drew a variety of molecular architectures and used those to make up the "land" in a map of the world. Imagine trying to draw a maze on something the width of a human hair. Engineers do it all the time when they carve circuits onto semiconductors for our cell phones, tablets, and desktops. That doesn't mean it's easy: The process can require fabrication facilities costing billions of dollars. Now, modifications to an old technique could...
  • Move over 3D printing, self-assemblng 4D-printed materials are on the way

    06/05/2013 3:22:30 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Gizmag ^ | 06/03/2013 | Donna Taylor
    Molecular self-assembly, whereby molecules position themselves into defined arrangements, is commonplace in biological systems and nanotechnology. But researchers at MIT are working on so called "4D printing" technology that aims to bring the process up to the macro scale, enabling 3D-printed materials to be programmed to self-assemble into predefined shapes and structures. Just imagine buying some flat-pack furniture, bringing it home and enjoying a coffee whilst you watch it assemble itself. This month, Skylar Tibbits, director of the MIT Self-Assembly lab, was named as one of the six Architectural League winners for collaborative research into programmable materials. The 4D printing...
  • DNA-guided assembly yields novel ribbon-like nanostructures

    05/22/2013 3:00:05 PM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies
    Biology News Net ^ | May 16, 2013 | NA
    DNA-tethered nanorods link up like rungs on a ribbonlike ladder—a new mechanism for linear self-assembly that may be unique to the nanoscale. Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory have discovered that DNA "linker" strands coax nano-sized rods to line up in way unlike any other spontaneous arrangement of rod-shaped objects. The arrangement-with the rods forming "rungs" on ladder-like ribbons linked by multiple DNA strands-results from the collective interactions of the flexible DNA tethers and may be unique to the nanoscale. The research, described in a paper published online in ACS Nano, a journal of the American...