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World Health Report 2007

In Health on August 26, 2007 at 10:19 am

was launched on Thursday 23rd August. The full report, presently available
in English, French and Spanish as well as the Overview available in
Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish, are freely
accessible on the WHO web site at http://www.who.int/whr

Nanotech Survey OECD countries are examining nanomaterials

In Health, nano on August 22, 2007 at 3:40 pm

A NEW REPORT by the 30-member-nation Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development catalogs the growing number of initiatives under way in industrialized countries to address the health and environmental safety implications of manufactured nanomaterials.
Courtesy of Delina Lyon/Rice University
Risks of nanomaterials are still largely unknown. Shown is Delina Lyon, a Rice University researcher who studies the impact of buckyball aggregates on ecosystems.

The 77-page document summarizes information on current developments provided by delegations that participated in the second meeting of OECD’s Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials, held this past April in Berlin.
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Helping the carbon nanotube industry avoid mega-mistakes of the past

In Health, nano on August 22, 2007 at 3:38 pm

A new analysis of by-products discharged to the environment during production of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) — expected to become the basis of multibillion-dollar industries in the 21st Century — has identified cancer-causing compounds, air pollutants, and other substances of concern, researchers reported here today at the 234th national meeting of the American Chemical Society.
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Sandia labs enters partnership for nano-engineering

In nano on August 22, 2007 at 3:36 pm

The initial members of the nano-engineering partnership are Intel, Exxon Mobil, IBM, Lockheed Martin, Corning, Goodyear Tire and Rubber, Proctor and Gamble, the University of Wisconsin, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the University of California at Davis, the University of Florida, Yale, Harvard, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Illinois, Rice, Notre Dame, the University of New Mexico and Harvey Mudd College. more here

Nanotechnologies Set to Shake Up and Shake Out Drug Delivery Market

In Health, nano on August 22, 2007 at 3:10 pm

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aug 21, 2007 – A new report from Cientifica Ltd., “The Nanoparticle Drug Delivery Market”, identifies who is positioned to be the “winners” and “losers” in the drug delivery market as new nanoparticles and nanostructured delivery techniques begin replacing existing polymer therapeutics that currently dominate the market.

The report, available at http://www.cientifica.com, projects that the total market for nanotechnology-enabled drug delivery will rise to $26 billion by 2012 from its current size of $3.39 billion, representing a compound annual growth rate of 37%.

But this is just the beginning; the market could steeply rise after 2012, reaching potentially $220 billion by 2015 for these nano-enabled compounds.
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Nanoink on target to hit flexible price points

In nano on August 22, 2007 at 2:59 pm

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More soldiers in nanotechnology labs?

In nano on August 22, 2007 at 2:46 pm

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SAFENANO launches nanotechnology health and safety website

In nano on August 22, 2007 at 2:33 pm

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nanotechnology in sunscreen

In Health, nano on August 16, 2007 at 12:55 am

1) Report by Friend of the Earth “Nanoparticles and Sunscreens: A Consumer Guide for Avoiding Nano Sunscreens”
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2) Nanowerk write up UCSB researcher reacts to report on nanotechnology sunscreen threat
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3) Nanoparticles in Your Sunscreen: Too Hot To Handle? at bits.blogs.nytimes

some new funding priorities by the National Science Foundation USA

In Uncategorized on August 15, 2007 at 1:27 pm


07-579 Solicitation


Letter of Intent Deadline Date: September 25, 2007
Preliminary Proposal Deadline Date: October 26, 2007
Full Proposal Deadline Date: April 30, 2008


The Directorate for Engineering at the National Science Foundation has established the Office of Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) to serve a critical role in focusing on important emerging areas in a timely manner. The EFRI Office is launching a new funding opportunity for interdisciplinary teams of researchers to embark on rapidly advancing frontiers of fundamental engineering research. For this solicitation, we will consider proposals that aim to investigate emerging frontiers in the following two specific research areas: (1) Cognitive Optimization and Prediction: From Neural Systems to Neurotechnology (COPN), and (2) Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructures (RESIN). EFRI seeks proposals with transformative ideas that represent an opportunity for a significant shift in fundamental engineering knowledge with a strong potential for long term impact on national needs or a grand challenge. The proposals must also meet the detailed requirements delineated in this solicitation.

INFORMATION WEBCAST: The EFRI Office plans to hold an information workshop on September 5, 2007, to answer any questions about the EFRI Office and this solicitation. Details will be posted on the EFRI website (www.nsf.gov/eng/efri) as they become available.
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Plenty of Clean Water on the NanoFrontier podcast

In nano on August 15, 2007 at 1:11 pm

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NBICS and Climate Change

In nano on August 14, 2007 at 8:41 pm

my new column out

Beyond batteries: Storing power in a sheet of nanocomposite paper

In nano on August 14, 2007 at 8:33 pm

A sample of the new nanocomposite paper developed by researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Infused with carbon nanotubes, the paper can be used to create ultra-thin, flexible batteries and energy storage devices for next-generation electronics and implantable medical equipment. Credit: Rensselaer/Victor Pushparaj
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Canada Requirements for nanomaterials under the New Substances Notification Regulations (Chemicals and Polymers)

In nano on August 13, 2007 at 5:36 pm


Microbial Fuel Cells

In nano on August 10, 2007 at 7:39 pm

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Print Your Atomic Force Microscope

In nano on August 10, 2007 at 7:36 pm

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Making Deaf Ears Hear with Light

In Disabled People, Health on August 10, 2007 at 7:34 pm

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Democratic Technology Final report of the Nanotechnology Engagement group

In nano on August 10, 2007 at 7:30 pm

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Xerox to Fund Green, Nano, Imaging Fellowships at MIT School of Engineering

In Uncategorized on August 10, 2007 at 7:23 pm

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Tailor-Made Nanostructures

In nano on August 10, 2007 at 7:21 pm

New methods offer precise control of polymeric micelles
Bethany Halford

CONTROLLING THE FORMATION of complex polymeric nanostructures is no easy task. As the polymer molecules self-assemble, they tend to form particles in an unruly mess of different shapes and sizes. Two new advances offer scientists the ability to tailor these properties, thereby offering nanostructure design strategies that could be useful for a number of applications, including drug delivery and nanolithography (Science 2007, 317, 644 and 647).
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