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Latest and Breaking Nanotechnology News

RIT student wins coveted SMART Scholarship from Department of Defense
(Rochester Institute of Technology) Kyle Crompton, a doctoral student at the Rochester Institute of Technology, was recently awarded a prestigious SMART scholarship from the U.S. Department of Defense. SMART -- the Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation 'Scholarship for Service' Program -- awards scholarships to students pursuing advanced degrees in STEM fields. Upon graduation these scholars are hired as research staff at defense laboratories around the country to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers in this capacity.

Sea turtles' first days of life: A sprint and a ride towards safety
(Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR)) With new nano-sized acoustic transmitters, scientists from GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, the Turtle Foundation and Queen Mary University of London followed the pathways of loggerhead turtle hatchlings. According to the study, which was primarily funded by the Kiel Cluster of Excellence 'The Future Ocean,' local oceanic conditions are believed to drive the evolution of some unique swimming behaviors. The results are published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

New experiment provides route to macroscopic high-mass superpositions
(University of Southampton) University of Southampton scientists have designed a new experiment to test the foundations of quantum mechanics at the large scale.

Tackling blindness, deafness through neuroengineering
(Harvard Medical School) The Bertarelli Program in Translational Neuroscience and Neuroengineering, a collaborative program between Harvard Medical School and the cole Polytechnique Fdrale de Lausanne in Switzerland, has announced a new set of grants worth $3.6 million for five research projects. This is a further strengthening of the partnership between Harvard and Swiss scientists begun in 2010.

NIST offers electronics industry 2 ways to snoop on self-organizing molecules
(National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)) The idea of a practical manufacturing process based on getting molecules to organize themselves in useful nanoscale shapes once seemed a little fantastic. Now the day isn't far off when your cell phone may depend on it. Two recent papers by researchers at NIST, MIT and IBM demonstrate complementary approaches to 3-D imaging of nanoscale polymer patterns for use in semiconductor lithography.

Cooling with molecules
(Bielefeld University) An international team of scientists have become the first ever researchers to successfully reach temperatures below minus 272.15 degrees Celsius -- only just above absolute zero -- using magnetic molecules. The physicists and chemists are presenting their new investigation on Oct. 22, 2014, in the scientific journal Nature Communications. It was developed by six scientists from Bielefeld University, the University of Manchester, and the Universidad de Zaragoza.

Producing solar power with impure silicon
(Norwegian University of Science and Technology) Researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology have developed a new method of producing solar cells could reduce the amount of silicon per unit area by 90 percent compared to the current standard. With the high prices of pure silicon, this will help cut the cost of solar power.

Nanoparticle technology triples the production of biogas
(Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona) Researchers of the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, a Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence, and the Universitat Autnoma de Barcelona have developed the new BiogsPlus, a technology which allows increasing the production of biogas by 200 percent with a controlled introduction of iron oxide nanoparticles to the process of organic waste treatment.

Sopping up proteins with thermosponges
(Brigham and Women's Hospital) A research team led by Brigham and Women's Hospital has developed and tested a novel nanoparticle platform that efficiently delivers clinically important proteins in vivo in initial proof-of-concept tests.

New feather findings get scientists in a flap
(University of Southampton) Scientists from the University of Southampton have revealed that feather shafts are made of a multi-layered fibrous composite material, much like carbon fiber, which allows the feather to bend and twist to cope with the stresses of flight.

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