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Nanotechweb January 17, 2003 Researchers from the Indian Institute of Science and India's Raman Research Institute have generated a voltage by flowing liquid down bundles of single-walled carbon nanotubes. The technique could be useful in flow sensors for small volumes of liquid, or as a voltage source in biomedical applications.
Microelectronics goes nanomechanical
Nanotechweb January 17, 2003 In modern electronics, components are being designed on increasingly tiny scales. As we approach dimensions of one billionth of a metre - the nanometre scale - it is appropriate to talk about nanoelectronics rather than microelectronics.
Can nanotechnology stop mosquitoes biting us?
Nanotechweb January 17, 2003 At the end of a seven-hour journey from Chennai, formerly Madras, India, is the town of Tangore, or Thanjavur. World-famous for its 10th century Chola temple and at the heart of the Tamil Nadu rice belt, it seems an unlikely setting for a global conference on nanotechnology and health care.
Australian researchers serve up a carbon nanotube super-racket
SmallTimes January 17, 2003 Australian National University scientists have invented a new way of mass producing superstrong tennis rackets. The secret ingredient is microscopic carbon tubing - carbon nanotubes. Nanotubes are 10 times stronger than carbon fibres, from which rackets are now made.
Bad timing tore apart marriage of Veeco and FEI, analysts say
SmallTimes January 17, 2003 Two small tech equipment makers had hoped that by merging they could offer researchers a package of tools. But as Veeco Instruments and FEI Co. blamed last week's breakup on bad economic timing, one nanotech analyst said such a marriage just wasn't meant to be.
The Promise of Tomorrow
TCS January 17, 2003 Recently, John Brockman posed a query to readers in the form of an imaginary memo from President Bush. The memo invited readers to play Science Advisor to the President, and asked readers to suggest the most pressing scientific issue confronting the United States and the world, and how the White House can best address that issue. There's a strong case that nanotechnology should top the list.
Seiko Instruments Partners with University in Semiconductor Technology
JCNNetwork January 17, 2003 Seiko Instruments (SII) announced January 16 that it has agreed to partner with Shanghai Jiao Tong University in fine semiconductor process technology.
Reversible Switch Presages New Paradigm for Surface Design
UCSB January 16, 2003 A team of researchers, including University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) chemical engineer Samir Mitragotri and colleagues from MIT and UC Berkeley, have designed and demonstrated a reversible surface switch. The new approach to surface design makes possible the dictation of surface properties as a function of time. More
Intel fabricates next-gen 65-nm and EUV masks
EETimes January 16, 2003 "...has started making its first mask sets for the 65-nanometer process technology node and expects to finish making a "device quality" mask this quarter, so it can start evaluating features typically used in its microprocessors. Intel, which plans to start making microprocessors using 90-nm design rules this year, expects the 65-nm process to be ready for production by 2005..."
Scientists develop enhanced biomedical nanoapplications
eTaiwanNews January 16, 2003 As part of a joint National Science Council project, a top research team has been demonstrating the enormous potential and commercial benefits of "nanoparticle" applications in biomedical sciences, some of which were on display yesterday.
Quantum Bits Need To Catch a Virtual Bus
NewsFactor January 16, 2003 A "virtual bus" that shuttles bits of information may be a cornerstone of quantum computer architecture, say scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). This critical building block, however, has yet to be designed and is missing from most quantum computer proposals, the scientists claim.
UTD Joins Collaborative Effort to Launch Nanotechnology Initiative
UTD January 16, 2003 The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) has joined with The University of Texas at Brownsville and The University of Texas-Pan American in a consortium designed to promote nanoscience and nanotechnology education, research and industrial outreach in the Rio Grande Valley and beyond.
University of Pittsburgh Launches Institute of NanoScience
AScribeJanuary 16, 2003 From building microscopic scaffolds for cells to grow into tissue to creating entire computers on a microchip, the promise of nanotechnology has enthralled the scientific community worldwide. The University of Pittsburgh, responding early to what many members of the scientific community are calling "the next big thing," has launched a research institute to coordinate and develop nanoscale technology.
Plastic process produces puny pores
TRN January 16, 2003 Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have found a way to coat materials with layers of polymer that allows them to control the size of the polymer's microscopic pores.
Device demos terabit storage
TRN January 16, 2003 Researchers from Tohoku University, the Japanese National Institute for Materials Science, and Pioneer Corporation in Japan have found a way to store huge amounts of data after figuring out how to make many tiny, inverted dots in a thin film of metal and determining how to sense the state of each dot.
Heat's on silicon
TRN January 16, 2003 A researcher from Texas A&M University has shown that the laws of physics are close to catching up with Moore's Law in a way not widely thought about. The culprit is heat, according to Laszlo Kish, an associate professor of electrical engineering at Texas A&M University.
More writers are jumping into a new genre: The Nanothriller
SmallTimes January 16, 2003 Nanotechnology seems to be the new buzz word among thriller writers at the moment.
Where's the nano business action? Look no further than the lab
SmallTimes January 16, 2003 While some small tech companies are working to commercialize university laboratory findings, others are thriving off the research itself.
ATI to add three incubators, forge stronger ties to UT
ACBJ January 16, 2003 The 13-year-old home to technology startups - part of the University of Texas' IC2 Institute - is reorganizing. In the process, its size will double. ... plans to hire directors for three new incubators that will focus on wireless technology, interactive media, and biotechnology and nanotechnology.
Slimline lasers could bring light onto chips
* Nature January 15, 2003 Electrically driven lasers made from individual semiconducting wires around 100 nanometres thick have been made by scientists in the USA. These devices might be small enough to allow chip-scale integration of optoelectronics and photonics. More
Little fullerenes get doped up
* Nature January 15, 2003 Researchers in Brazil think they have sighted small fullerene molecules containing several nitrogen atoms in place of carbons. They think that such molecules could provide precursors to superhard compounds of carbon and nitrogen, and to other nanostructures made from these elements.
NASA, Purdue launch center to create next-generation computers
Purdue News January 15, 2003 To help create the brains for these ships - a new generation of compact, high-performance computers - scientists, engineers and officials from state and federal agencies met today (Wednesday, 1/15) at Purdue University. Their mission: to kick off a new NASA Institute for Nanoelectronics and Computing, a collaboration of six universities led by Purdue.
NSF, Purdue form new nanotech center for simulations
Purdue News January 15, 2003 Researchers from seven universities and the National Science Foundation will announce on Thursday (1/16) the formation of a new Network for Computational Nanotechnology based at Purdue University.
Today's Chemist at Work January 15, 2003 [PDF] Organic transistors are on their way to forging a low-cost, lightweight, and bendable electronic future.
MEMS meet semiconductors in beginning of a beautiful friendship
SmallTimes January 15, 2003 MEMS are used in an increasing number of areas in the semiconductor-making process. Right now, the market is small, but it should grow as semiconductor feature sizes shrink and MEMS-based devices prove themselves in chip-making equipment.
U.S. Nanotech Funding Heads for $1 Billion Horizon
IEEE January 14, 2003 With its request for US $710.2 million in nanotechnology research funding for the 2003 fiscal year, the U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative, the umbrella program coordinating nanotechnology research for 10 government agencies, is accelerating its R&D efforts at an extraordinary rate.
Nanotechnology developments poised to redefine electronics markets
EurekAlert January 14, 2003 Nanotechnology promises devices that are small, fast, and inexpensive. These devices are poised to enable a range of innovative products, transforming industries from medicine to transportation. It is in electronic markets, however, that nanotechnology is likely to have the most significant and most immediate impact.
Thomson Derwent Nanotechnology Patent Database
Stockhouse January 14, 2003 Thomson Derwent announced the development of Derwent Web of Nanotechnology(TM)--the only Web-based patent resource that delivers up-to-the-minute Nanotechnology-related patent records from Derwent, journal literature from Thomson ISI, and editorially evaluated Web sites.
ISTN announces partnership with Taiwan surfactant corporation
ISTN January 14, 2003 Industrial Science & Technology Network, Inc. and Taiwan Surfactant Corporation have agreed to a strategic partnership that will integrate ISTN's innovative nanotechnology research and Taiwan Surfactant's high-quality, scalable manufacturing capabilities.
Nanoshells offer sensor for single molecules
Nanotechweb January 14, 2003 Rice University researchers have come up with a way of tailoring the local electromagnetic field around metal nanoshells. The scientists claim this could enable chemical screening for single molecules using the surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) effect. More on article from Jan. 10th
Nanoparticles find a smooth opportunity in chip-polishing
SmallTimes January 14, 2003 As computer chip components continue to shrink into the nanoscale, their smaller dimensions and complexity have created a growing demand for nanoparticles in the chemical-mechanical polishing (CMP) phase of the chip-making process.
CEPD touts nanotech boost to industry
ETaiwanNewsJanuary 14, 2003 Vice Premier Lin Shin-yi urged yesterday Taiwanese companies and government research laboratories to work together to build a global leadership niche in the coming wave of applications of nanotechnology.
More nanotech funding required
TaipeiTimes January 14, 2003 Vice Premier Lin Hsin-yi yesterday made his second inspection tour of the Nanotechnology Research Center at the Industrial Technology Research Institute in Hsinchu, calling for greater government funding. Lin said that the government has increased nanotechnology research funding to NT$23.17 billion (US$665.8 million) until 2008, up 20.68 percent from an original estimate of NT$19.2 billion.
Toshiba ASICs could be first to 90 nanometer
Infoworld January 13, 2003 Toshiba has announced the design availability of chips built on a 90-nanometer process, with high-volume production expected by the third quarter.
Rick Smalley and Alan MacDiarmid to Speak at NanoVentures 2003
PRNewswireJanuary 13, 2003 NanoVentures 2003 consists of two full days of speakers and panels focusing on the current state of nanotechnology and related opportunities for investment.
Synopsys to buy Numerical Tech for $250 million
EEDesign January 13, 2003 Synopsys Inc. has acquired struggling lithography tool vendor Numerical Technologies Inc. for roughly $250 million in cash.
Cadence to distribute TSMC 90-nm libraries
EEDesign January 13, 2003 To entice customers to jump to its 90-nanometer design process as soon as it comes online this year, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. has signed a distribution agreement with Cadence Design Systems Inc. through which Cadence will become a full-line supplier of TSMC's Nexsys 90-nm libraries.
NanoInk, Inc. Receives $6 Million in Second Round of Financing
PRNNewswireJanuary 13, 2003 NanoInk, Inc. today announced that it has closed a $6 million second round of financing led by Lurie Investment Fund, LLC. NanoInk will use the funding to build out its management team, broaden its application-specific development efforts, and accelerate the delivery of the DPNWriter, scheduled for release in the first quarter of 2003.
Research director sees UTD as 'economic engine'
ZWire January 13, 2003 Da Hsuan Feng, vice president of research at The University of Texas at Dallas, believes that the school will play a key role in helping North Texas build new industries and economies that will be milestones in the 21st century.
It's tool time for nanotech, and nPoint is on the cutting edge
SmallTimes January 13, 2003 A small Madison, Wis., company is gearing up to become a big supplier of microscopic components for nanotech research and design.
Can high-tech boom make New York the next Silicon Valley?
Boston.com January 11, 2003 In less than a year, the dean of the School of Nanosciences and Nanoengineering at the State University of New York at Albany, along with Gov. George Pataki, have wooed two semiconductor heavyweights to the region while hinting more is to come.
Owens Corning lands $1.9 million grant
TheAdvocate January 11, 2003 The nanorevolution is on and Owens Corning has been awarded a $1.9 million grant over a three-year period from the U.S. Department of Commerce to discover new ways to use the new technology in its foam insulation products.
CSIO workshop magnifies
Indian Express January 11, 2003 Electron microscopy will be the most-widely used analytical technique in the coming years in various areas of research. This would include molecular biology, nanotechnology and biotechnology.
Nanotechnology is good for the heart
PhysicsWeb January 10, 2003 A Swiss team of physicists, biochemists and doctors has constructed an array of sub-millimetre sized cantilevers to monitor blood proteins. It promises quicker and easier diagnoses of heart attacks than existing technologies, which rely on the radioactive labelling of proteins. More
'Our Molecular Future' is a bright one, book's author says
SmallTimes January 10, 2003 In "Our Molecular Future," science journalist Douglas Mulhall offers a generalist's perspective on the impacts of an assortment of sophisticated technologies that are arriving sooner than even their creators may have anticipated.
Massive Data Storage in Tiny Devices
ABCnews.com January 10, 2003 Recently, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, a joint venture between Hitachi and IBM, announced plans to produce an advanced version of IBM's tiny Microdrive hard disk drive.
PolyOne and Nanocor form nanocomposite alliance
Nanotechweb January 10, 2003 US businesses PolyOne and Nanocor have formed a strategic alliance to make plastic nanocomposites. Polymer specialist PolyOne will use Nanocor's nanoclay products and technology to manufacture composites from polyolefin, polyvinyl chloride and related polymers.
Rice develops nanosensor for precision chemical analysis
EurekAlert January 10, 2003 Nanotechnology researchers at Rice University have demonstrated the ability to precisely control the electromagnetic field around nanoparticles, opening the door for chemical screening techniques that could allow doctors, life scientists and chemists to routinely analyze samples as small as a single molecule.
Infector Detector Tells What's Ailing You
MilwaukeeChannelJanuary 10, 2003 A scientist has come up with a way to detect what may be ailing you. The Infector Detector uses gold to detect infectious agents. Each particle of gold carries a tiny piece of genetic material that complements an infectious agent's DNA. If the DNA matches, the gold will change colors.
University, Argonne Lab to launch a flagship nanoscience program
UofC Chronicle January 09, 2003 The University and Argonne National Laboratory have launched a joint $1 million Consortium for Nanoscience Research to serve as a flagship science program focused on emerging science and technology and as an incubator for the next generation of nanoscience research.
Lawmaker Urges Federal NanoTech Advisory Panel
dc.internet.com January 09, 2003 Legislation to create a federal nanotechnology advisory board and a nanotechnology research program was introduced in Congress Wednesday by Silicon Valley Rep. Mike Honda (D.-Calif.).
UMass develops novel self-assembly processes for nanotech applications
EurekAlert January 09, 2003 Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have developed a series of novel techniques in nanotechnology that hold promise for applications ranging from highly targeted pharmaceutical therapies, to development of nutrition-enhanced foods known as "nutraceuticals," to nanoscopic sensors that might one day advance medical imaging and diagnostics. More
Materials Today January 09, 2003 A PDF report. Since Watson and Crick's determination of its structure nearly 50 years ago, DNA has come to fill our lives in many ways, from genomics to gene therapy. But Nadrian Seeman explains how he is ignoring DNA's biological role, instead using it to construct new materials on the nanoscale.
Albany Nanotech: Betting a $20 Million Farm on Alternative Energy
Internetwire January 09, 2003 Nowhere is America's quest for energy independence more evident than in New York's upstate Capital Region. The area is home to more than 20 high-tech energy companies and has emerged as a national center of leadership in alternative, renewable, and clean energy development.
Software set to optimize self-assembly
Nanotechweb January 09, 2003 Researchers from Princeton University, US, have developed a mathematical technique for designing composite materials that perform two functions at once, even when the desired properties may conflict. The scientists say the approach could ultimately have applications in creating self-assembled materials.
Nanoscale superfluidity confirmed
* Nature January 09, 2003 Helium has long been the only substance known to undergo a superfluid transition. Recent experiments suggesting that hydrogen does the same at the nanoscale are confirmed by a new theoretical analysis.
AMD deal with IBM appears to end earlier alliances
EETimes January 09, 2003 Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has switched partners again, announcing Wednesday (Jan. 8) that it will work with IBM Microelectronics to co-develop process technology at the 65-nanometer and 45-nm nodes.
IEC Launches Nanotechnology Information eXchange at DesignCon 2003
IEC News January 08, 2003 The International Engineering Consortium has announced that this year's DesignCon conference in Santa Clara, Calif., will debut the Nanotechnology Information eXchange, an opportunity for IEC constituents and DesignCon attendees to acquire information about this important new field of research.
Eight Technologies That Will Change the World
Business 2.0 January 08, 2003 What happens when today's tech trends begin to intersect and feed off one another? They'll spawn new fields of knowledge that will transform everything.
Student Excitement is a Big Factor in the Future of Nano
EurekAlert January 08, 2003 An essay, written by Stephen Danforth, Chair, Department of Ceramic and Materials Engineering, Malcolm G. McLaren Center for Ceramic Research, School of Engineering, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Nanoimprint Lithography | Nano Solar Cells | Molecular Imaging
Technology Review January 08, 2003 From the "10 Emerging Technologies That Will Change the World"
Flush with $41.3M in funding, Optiva aims for the LCD market
SmallTimes January 08, 2003 For Alan Marty, the executive-in-residence at JPMorgan Partners charged with ferreting out nanotechnology-related investments, Optiva Inc. was the first nano company he found in a yearlong search that met two criteria: It had technology that could be commercialized within 18 months, and an existing market that could adopt the product in the same time frame.
Next-generation solar cells could put power stations in space
EurekAlert January 07, 2003 Someday, large-scale solar power stations in space could beam electricity to the surface of the moon, the earth and other planets, decreasing our dependence on a dwindling fossil-fuel supply. Scientists at Rochester Institute of Technology are developing the next generation of solar cells, advancing the technology that could put a solar power system into earth's orbit.
Optiva closes $30 million total in Series C financing
Optiva January 07, 2003 Optiva, Inc., the creator of a new class of nanomaterials, announced today the second closing of $21 million to its oversubscribed Series C funding, bringing the total funding raised for the round to $30 million.
Pacific Nanotechnology Unveils Nano-I(TM) Atomic Force Microscope
Silicon Valley Business January 07, 2003 Pacific Nanotechnology, Inc. today announced the new Nano-I(TM) AFM for inspection and metrology of nanodevice wafers and storage media disks.
Aussies bask in the summer sun, nanopowders protecting their skin
SmallTimes January 07, 2003 While North America is in the grip of winter, sun worshipping Australians are well into their summer. But the intensity of the rays there cause more than a quarter of a million of skin cancer cases a year, according to The Cancer Council Australia. Advanced Powder Technologies a small company in Perth, Western Australia, has come up with a new material that aims to change that.
Nanotechnology comes to WMU
WesternHerald January 07, 2003 The Western Michigan University College of Arts and Sciences will bring new science and technology to WMU with the establishment of the Nanotechnology Research and Computation Center
Nanosphere Receives Additional $5 Million in Third Round
Nanosphere January 06, 2003 Nanosphere Inc., a nanotechnology-based life sciences company, today announced it has received an additional $5 million in third round financing, bringing the total third round financing to $15 million. These proceeds will provide further capital to fund the commercialization of the company's first biomolecular detection system, which will be released in the second half of 2003.
BioDelivery Sciences licenses nano-delivery technology
Nanotechweb January 06, 2003 BioDelivery Sciences International, Inc. today announced it has signed a license agreement with PPD, Inc. Under the terms of the agreement, BioDelivery Sciences International granted PPD the right to apply BDSI's bioral nano-delivery technology to two therapeutic products.
Fictitious question posed, and then answered by K. Eric Drexler
Edge January 06, 2003 "What are the pressing scientific issues for the nation and the world, and what is your advice on how I can begin to deal with them?"
Nanosphere hits funding mark
ChicagoBusiness January 06, 2003 Northbrook-based Nanosphere Inc., a venture capital-backed life sciences company, on Monday said it met its goal of raising an additional $5 million in a third-round financing.
Nanotech Scientists Build Super-Small Circuit
NewsFactor January 06, 2003 The ever-shrinking electronics universe -- in which computers that once filled warehouses now barely fill a coat pocket -- may get smaller still, say researchers at the University of Toronto who have invented a tiny circuit that a single electron can activate.
Intellectual Property Rights in Nanotechnology
Intellectual Property Society January 06, 2003 PDF report by Behfar Bastani and Dennis Fernandez
Fracture Protection: Nanotubes toughen up ceramics
Science News Online January 04, 2003 Ceramics are famous for being hard but easy to break. Now, researchers have demonstrated that adding carbon nanotubes to a ceramic material can nearly triple its resistance to fracturing.
Data stored in multiplying bacteria
NewScientist January 03, 2003 A message encoded as artificial DNA can be stored within the genomes of multiplying bacteria and then accurately retrieved, US scientists have shown.
Olympus January 03, 2003 Interview with Dr. Toru Makino of Olympus Optical
Nanotechnology makes Smallbany the place to be
ACBJ January 03, 2003 "...there is a delicious irony that, of all things, nanotechnology may well make Albany a hot spot."
Practical quantum computers are another step closer
Economist.com January 02, 2003 Building a practical quantum computer will be hard. But another step towards one has just been announced in Nature . Stephan Gulde, of the University of Innsbruck, in Austria, and his colleagues have built a prototype machine whose chief working part is a single atom of calcium, and they have run a program on it.
Aligned fields could speed storage
TRN January 02, 2003 Atoms are like tiny magnets, with poles that repel each other. The opposite ends of atoms also have opposite electrical charges. When the atoms or molecules within a material line up, the material as a whole has magnetic or electric poles.
Altered protein orders metal bits
TRN January 02, 2003 Researchers from NASA, the SETI Institute and Argonne National Laboratory have genetically modified a bacteria that lives in geothermal hot springs in order to make a microscopic scaffolding that produces a high-tech material.
Electron pairs power quantum plan
TRN January 02, 2003 The shortest route to practical quantum computers, which promise to be phenomenally powerful, may be through proven manufacturing processes, namely the semiconductor technology of today's computer chips.
Dollars, Euros show only partial picture of small tech spending
SmallTimes January 02, 2003 With countries around the world racing to position themselves for the small tech explosion, the issue of research funding is generating increasing scrutiny.
Breakthrough brings laser light to new regions of the spectrum
EurekAlert January 01, 2003 Combining concepts from electromagnetic radiation research and fiber optics, researchers have created an extreme-ultraviolet, laser-like beam capable of producing tightly-focused light in a region of the electromagnetic spectrum not previously accessible to scientists. Between 10-100 times shorter than visible light waves, the extreme-ultraviolet (EUV) wavelengths will allow researchers to "see" tiny features and carve miniature patterns, with applications in such fields as microscopy, lithography and nanotechnology. See also Researchers improve tabletop EUV laser system
The incredible shrinking technology
FinancialReview January 01, 2003 Nanotechnology used to be a playground for speculation and science fiction. It is now one of the most exciting research fields in contemporary science. It is true that nanotechnology has been heralded as the "next big thing" for years and the excitement surrounding it certainly increased after the dot com bubble burst and people started looking for another wonder technology. Nevertheless, despite the hype, big strides have been taken and more are imminent.