Sunday, April 20, 2008

NanoNewsCustom April 18, 2008

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Academic/Education

UW welcomes Arthur J. Carty as head of Waterloo Institute of Nanotechnology
University of Waterloo April 18, 2008 Canada's last national science advisor is returning to the University of Waterloo to lead a new research initiative that will place UW among the world's best centres for nanotechnology. Arthur J. Carty will serve as the first executive director of the new Waterloo Institute of Nanotechnology.
Announcements

UW welcomes Arthur J. Carty as head of Waterloo Institute of Nanotechnology
University of Waterloo April 18, 2008 Canada's last national science advisor is returning to the University of Waterloo to lead a new research initiative that will place UW among the world's best centres for nanotechnology. Arthur J. Carty will serve as the first executive director of the new Waterloo Institute of Nanotechnology.
Saliva Can Help Diagnose Heart Attack, Study Shows
University of Texas at Austin April 17, 2008 Early diagnosis of a heart attack may now be possible using only a few drops of saliva and a new nano-bio-chip, a multi-institutional team led by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin reported at a recent meeting of the American Association of Dental Research.
Investor Interest in Nanotechnology Firms Heating Up
nanoTX USA’08 April 17, 2008 nanoTX USA'08 speakers to highlight Money Fair in May
GMZ Energy Paves the Way for New Generation of Greener Household Appliances, Power Plants and Cars
GMZ Energy April 17, 2008 Material Breakthrough Delivers Affordable and Adaptable Nanotechnology for Cleaner, More Energy-Efficient Products
Global Crown Capital Announces Nanotechnology Index Quarterly Rebalance
Global Crown Capital, LLC April 17, 2008 (Bloomberg: GCCLGCNI)
MIT Professor To Speak At CU-Boulder On Advanced Materials For Energy April 30
University of Colorado April 17, 2008 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor Mildred Dresselhaus, one of the world's experts on novel nanomaterials, will speak at the University of Colorado at Boulder April 30 on the future of advanced materials for energy.
New drug Lapatinib shrinks breast cancer
timesonline.co.uk April 17, 2008 Microscopic magnets could be used to guide modified human cells to attack tumours, according to research (Mark Henderson writes). The technique, which combines nanotechnology and gene therapy, could help specially "armed" human immune cells to home in on cancer cells to destroy them. A team led by Professor Claire Lewis, at Sheffield University, developed a procedure that involves inserting nanomagnets into a type of white blood cell. When a magnet is placed over a tumour, the cells move towards it and attack. Details are published in the journal Gene Therapy.
Hanover Fair highlights Japanese robots and sumo - Feature
Hanover Fair April 17, 2008 Innovations from Japan including robots and a virtual power station are to have pride of place at the Hanover Fair in Germany next week alongside sumo wrestlers and traditional taiko drummers. The April 21-25 fair has appointed high-tech Japan this year as partner nation. The annual fair, with 5,100 companies from 62 nations exhibiting, is a major venue for showing heavy industrial equipment.
ZYGO Provides Preliminary Third Quarter Fiscal 2008 Results
Zygo Corporation April 17, 2008 Zygo Corporation (NASDAQ: ZIGO) today announced preliminary financial results for the third quarter of fiscal 2008. Although ZYGO has not finalized its results for the quarter, the Company anticipates third quarter sales to be approximately $38.0 million and expects third quarter net earnings to be break-even. Third quarter earnings were reduced by approximately $0.03 per share as a result of operational costs incurred from the Company's acquisition of certain assets of Solvision, Inc. in February 2008. These preliminary results do not include any adjustments relating to the purchase accounting valuation of the acquisition. This valuation may result in the recovery of a portion or all of the note receivable extended by the Company to Solvision in the prior quarter, which was previously reserved.
Events focus attention on 'transhumanism' definitions
Arizona State University April 17, 2008 Some day - perhaps sooner than we think - we just might be saying "the transhuman race" instead of "the human race."
German chemicals group banks on green
english.people.com.cn April 17, 2008 German specialty chemicals group Lanxess has said it is banking on growing demand for more environmentally friendly products and systems solutions in China, its most important market in Asia. "Sales of our green premium products in China have risen significantly in the past 12 months. We expect this trend to continue and to have a positive impact on our business here," said Axel Heitmann, chairman of the Lanxess board. Growth of the company's green business could double the rate of the overall market growth in China. "We will focus increasingly on green chemistry products in our portfolio," said Heitmann. The company already has a wide range of environmentally friendly products and systems solutions. Its semi-crystalline products and technical rubber products business units are helping to reduce the weight of automobile components, enabling the construction of fuel-saving cars with lower CO2 emissions. The company's newly developed special-purpose rubber based on nanotechnology can reduce abrasion in tires while reducing fine dust formation and increasing mileage.
Donald W. Reynolds Governor's Cup Winners Announced
arkansasbusiness.com April 17, 2008 Winning the $5,000 graduate award for innovation was TruSource Technologies of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, a team that also competed earlier this month in the Rice University Business Plan Competition. Those students used nanotechnology to develop an anti-counterfeit sensor to be used by pharmaceutical companies. "We've really learned a lot," said Enkeleda Dervishi. The competition was conceived by Arkansas Capital Corporation Group in an effort to promote the development and commercialization of ideas and technologies at universities. In 2004, a grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation provided funding, which also established similar competitions in Oklahoma and Nevada. The Arkansas Economic Acceleration Foundation, an affiliate company of the ACCG, manages the competition.
Graphene used to create world's smallest transistor
University of Manchester April 17, 2008 Researchers have used the world's thinnest material to create the world's smallest transistor, one atom thick and ten atoms wide.
Newfound ability of organic molecules to conduct electricity opens door to smaller, cheaper, and more powerful technologies
University of Pittsburgh April 17, 2008 Pitt Researchers Make Breakthrough in Nanotechnology by Uncovering Conductive Property of Carbon-based Molecules
Ener1 Joins Counterparts in Briefing Capitol Hill on Electrification of Auto Industry
Ener1, Inc. April 17, 2008 Ener1, Inc. OTCBulletinBoard: ENEI, a leading alternative energy company, will participate in an industry briefing of U.S. Congressional staff on the latest developments in the electrification of the American automotive industry.
Kilopass Announces XPM Is First CMOS Logic NVM Technology to Complete Qualification on 80nm and 90nm Process Technologies
Kilopass Technology, Inc. April 17, 2008 XPM Offers Low-Cost, Secure, CMOS, Embedded Non-Volatile Memory for SOC Design
Research and Markets: The Technology Involved in Lubrication by Nanoparticles Is a Rapidly Developing Scientific Area and One That Has Been Watched W
Research and Markets April 17, 2008 Research and Markets (www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/c89069) has announced the addition of "Nano Lubricants" to their offering.
Appointments/New hires/Resignations/Promotions

UW welcomes Arthur J. Carty as head of Waterloo Institute of Nanotechnology
University of Waterloo April 18, 2008 Canada's last national science advisor is returning to the University of Waterloo to lead a new research initiative that will place UW among the world's best centres for nanotechnology. Arthur J. Carty will serve as the first executive director of the new Waterloo Institute of Nanotechnology.
Automotive/Transportation

GMZ Energy Paves the Way for New Generation of Greener Household Appliances, Power Plants and Cars
GMZ Energy April 17, 2008 Material Breakthrough Delivers Affordable and Adaptable Nanotechnology for Cleaner, More Energy-Efficient Products
German chemicals group banks on green
english.people.com.cn April 17, 2008 German specialty chemicals group Lanxess has said it is banking on growing demand for more environmentally friendly products and systems solutions in China, its most important market in Asia. "Sales of our green premium products in China have risen significantly in the past 12 months. We expect this trend to continue and to have a positive impact on our business here," said Axel Heitmann, chairman of the Lanxess board. Growth of the company's green business could double the rate of the overall market growth in China. "We will focus increasingly on green chemistry products in our portfolio," said Heitmann. The company already has a wide range of environmentally friendly products and systems solutions. Its semi-crystalline products and technical rubber products business units are helping to reduce the weight of automobile components, enabling the construction of fuel-saving cars with lower CO2 emissions. The company's newly developed special-purpose rubber based on nanotechnology can reduce abrasion in tires while reducing fine dust formation and increasing mileage.
Ener1 Joins Counterparts in Briefing Capitol Hill on Electrification of Auto Industry
Ener1, Inc. April 17, 2008 Ener1, Inc. OTCBulletinBoard: ENEI, a leading alternative energy company, will participate in an industry briefing of U.S. Congressional staff on the latest developments in the electrification of the American automotive industry.
Chip Technology

ZYGO Provides Preliminary Third Quarter Fiscal 2008 Results
Zygo Corporation April 17, 2008 Zygo Corporation (NASDAQ: ZIGO) today announced preliminary financial results for the third quarter of fiscal 2008. Although ZYGO has not finalized its results for the quarter, the Company anticipates third quarter sales to be approximately $38.0 million and expects third quarter net earnings to be break-even. Third quarter earnings were reduced by approximately $0.03 per share as a result of operational costs incurred from the Company's acquisition of certain assets of Solvision, Inc. in February 2008. These preliminary results do not include any adjustments relating to the purchase accounting valuation of the acquisition. This valuation may result in the recovery of a portion or all of the note receivable extended by the Company to Solvision in the prior quarter, which was previously reserved.
Graphene used to create world's smallest transistor
University of Manchester April 17, 2008 Researchers have used the world's thinnest material to create the world's smallest transistor, one atom thick and ten atoms wide.
Newfound ability of organic molecules to conduct electricity opens door to smaller, cheaper, and more powerful technologies
University of Pittsburgh April 17, 2008 Pitt Researchers Make Breakthrough in Nanotechnology by Uncovering Conductive Property of Carbon-based Molecules
Kilopass Announces XPM Is First CMOS Logic NVM Technology to Complete Qualification on 80nm and 90nm Process Technologies
Kilopass Technology, Inc. April 17, 2008 XPM Offers Low-Cost, Secure, CMOS, Embedded Non-Volatile Memory for SOC Design
Discoveries

Saliva Can Help Diagnose Heart Attack, Study Shows
University of Texas at Austin April 17, 2008 Early diagnosis of a heart attack may now be possible using only a few drops of saliva and a new nano-bio-chip, a multi-institutional team led by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin reported at a recent meeting of the American Association of Dental Research.
Graphene used to create world's smallest transistor
University of Manchester April 17, 2008 Researchers have used the world's thinnest material to create the world's smallest transistor, one atom thick and ten atoms wide.
Newfound ability of organic molecules to conduct electricity opens door to smaller, cheaper, and more powerful technologies
University of Pittsburgh April 17, 2008 Pitt Researchers Make Breakthrough in Nanotechnology by Uncovering Conductive Property of Carbon-based Molecules
Energy

Looking toward an exponentially brighter future
twincities.com April 18, 2008 Take energy. Today, 70 percent of it comes from fossil fuels, a 19th-century technology. But if we could capture just 1/10,000th of the sunlight that falls on Earth, we could meet 100 percent of the world's energy needs using this renewable and environmentally friendly source. We can't do that now because solar panels rely on old technology, making them expensive, inefficient, heavy and hard to install. But a new generation of panels based on nanotechnology (which manipulates matter at the level of molecules) is starting to overcome these obstacles. The tipping point at which energy from solar panels will actually be less expensive than fossil fuels is only a few years away. The power we are generating from solar is doubling every two years; at that rate, it will be able to meet all our energy needs within 20 years. Nanotechnology itself is an information technology and therefore subject to what I call the "law of accelerating returns," a continual doubling of capability about every year. Venture capital groups and high-tech companies are investing billions of dollars in these new renewable-energy technologies. I'm confident the day is close at hand when we will be able to obtain energy from sunlight using nano-engineered solar panels and store it for use on cloudy days in nano-engineered fuel cells for less than it costs to use environmentally damaging fossil fuels.
GMZ Energy Paves the Way for New Generation of Greener Household Appliances, Power Plants and Cars
GMZ Energy April 17, 2008 Material Breakthrough Delivers Affordable and Adaptable Nanotechnology for Cleaner, More Energy-Efficient Products
Clean-tech bubble? Just wait for the next president
news.com April 17, 2008 While many people are looking for a single solution--the Bush administration has put all bets on ethanol, according to Tamminen--there should be much wider acceptance of approaches to climate issues. "There is no silver bullet," he said. "All different technologies will be commercialized," from biodiesel made of algae to solar paint developed with nanotechnology. "I don't think we even have begun to scrape the surface of solar power." Ultimately, Tamminen said, innovation will be driven by urgent needs. "Climate policy is what's pushing those technologies out to the commercial forefront much faster," he said. "We will have periodic shortages of gasoline during the next few years, and when that happens, the person who invented how to get liquid motor fuel out of algae, out of agricultural waste, is going to look like a genius."
Environment

Clean-tech bubble? Just wait for the next president
news.com April 17, 2008 While many people are looking for a single solution--the Bush administration has put all bets on ethanol, according to Tamminen--there should be much wider acceptance of approaches to climate issues. "There is no silver bullet," he said. "All different technologies will be commercialized," from biodiesel made of algae to solar paint developed with nanotechnology. "I don't think we even have begun to scrape the surface of solar power." Ultimately, Tamminen said, innovation will be driven by urgent needs. "Climate policy is what's pushing those technologies out to the commercial forefront much faster," he said. "We will have periodic shortages of gasoline during the next few years, and when that happens, the person who invented how to get liquid motor fuel out of algae, out of agricultural waste, is going to look like a genius."
Ethics

Events focus attention on 'transhumanism' definitions
Arizona State University April 17, 2008 Some day - perhaps sooner than we think - we just might be saying "the transhuman race" instead of "the human race."
Financial Reports

ZYGO Provides Preliminary Third Quarter Fiscal 2008 Results
Zygo Corporation April 17, 2008 Zygo Corporation (NASDAQ: ZIGO) today announced preliminary financial results for the third quarter of fiscal 2008. Although ZYGO has not finalized its results for the quarter, the Company anticipates third quarter sales to be approximately $38.0 million and expects third quarter net earnings to be break-even. Third quarter earnings were reduced by approximately $0.03 per share as a result of operational costs incurred from the Company's acquisition of certain assets of Solvision, Inc. in February 2008. These preliminary results do not include any adjustments relating to the purchase accounting valuation of the acquisition. This valuation may result in the recovery of a portion or all of the note receivable extended by the Company to Solvision in the prior quarter, which was previously reserved.
Govt.-Legislation/Regulation/Funding/Policy

Ener1 Joins Counterparts in Briefing Capitol Hill on Electrification of Auto Industry
Ener1, Inc. April 17, 2008 Ener1, Inc. OTCBulletinBoard: ENEI, a leading alternative energy company, will participate in an industry briefing of U.S. Congressional staff on the latest developments in the electrification of the American automotive industry.
Home

GMZ Energy Paves the Way for New Generation of Greener Household Appliances, Power Plants and Cars
GMZ Energy April 17, 2008 Material Breakthrough Delivers Affordable and Adaptable Nanotechnology for Cleaner, More Energy-Efficient Products
Interviews/Book Reviews/Essays/Reports/Podcasts

Looking toward an exponentially brighter future
twincities.com April 18, 2008 Take energy. Today, 70 percent of it comes from fossil fuels, a 19th-century technology. But if we could capture just 1/10,000th of the sunlight that falls on Earth, we could meet 100 percent of the world's energy needs using this renewable and environmentally friendly source. We can't do that now because solar panels rely on old technology, making them expensive, inefficient, heavy and hard to install. But a new generation of panels based on nanotechnology (which manipulates matter at the level of molecules) is starting to overcome these obstacles. The tipping point at which energy from solar panels will actually be less expensive than fossil fuels is only a few years away. The power we are generating from solar is doubling every two years; at that rate, it will be able to meet all our energy needs within 20 years. Nanotechnology itself is an information technology and therefore subject to what I call the "law of accelerating returns," a continual doubling of capability about every year. Venture capital groups and high-tech companies are investing billions of dollars in these new renewable-energy technologies. I'm confident the day is close at hand when we will be able to obtain energy from sunlight using nano-engineered solar panels and store it for use on cloudy days in nano-engineered fuel cells for less than it costs to use environmentally damaging fossil fuels.
The Issue: Setting IBM's R&D Agenda
businessweek.com April 17, 2008 Kelly, a PhD in materials engineering himself, decided the company needed to realign its research agenda, balancing very long-term projects (up to 20 years) with short-term ones (a year or two) and very large projects with smaller ones. And he honed the company's approach, whittling away the number of focal points for his research teams. At the beginning of 2008, he placed four big bets. Over the next few years, IBM will channel more than $100 million into just four areas, from working on core nanotechnology to developing business processes for companies struggling with the massive amounts of data necessary to operate in the modern world. Kelly also realized that globalizing research was not about building more large brick-and-mortar labs. He wanted more agile, in-market research so he invented "collaboratories," centers that draw on the existing resources of universities, companies, and countries to tackle certain industry-specific problems. For example, instead of tackling transportation issues in the U.S., where the infrastructure is in line with growth, IBM will focus on a country, city, and area where road traffic is a primary problem, such as Mumbai.
Research and Markets: The Technology Involved in Lubrication by Nanoparticles Is a Rapidly Developing Scientific Area and One That Has Been Watched W
Research and Markets April 17, 2008 Research and Markets (www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/c89069) has announced the addition of "Nano Lubricants" to their offering.
Investments/IPO's/Splits

Investor Interest in Nanotechnology Firms Heating Up
nanoTX USA’08 April 17, 2008 nanoTX USA'08 speakers to highlight Money Fair in May
Global Crown Capital Announces Nanotechnology Index Quarterly Rebalance
Global Crown Capital, LLC April 17, 2008 (Bloomberg: GCCLGCNI)
Materials

MIT Professor To Speak At CU-Boulder On Advanced Materials For Energy April 30
University of Colorado April 17, 2008 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor Mildred Dresselhaus, one of the world's experts on novel nanomaterials, will speak at the University of Colorado at Boulder April 30 on the future of advanced materials for energy.
Research and Markets: The Technology Involved in Lubrication by Nanoparticles Is a Rapidly Developing Scientific Area and One That Has Been Watched W
Research and Markets April 17, 2008 Research and Markets (www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/c89069) has announced the addition of "Nano Lubricants" to their offering.
Memory Technology

Kilopass Announces XPM Is First CMOS Logic NVM Technology to Complete Qualification on 80nm and 90nm Process Technologies
Kilopass Technology, Inc. April 17, 2008 XPM Offers Low-Cost, Secure, CMOS, Embedded Non-Volatile Memory for SOC Design
Nanoelectronics

Graphene used to create world's smallest transistor
University of Manchester April 17, 2008 Researchers have used the world's thinnest material to create the world's smallest transistor, one atom thick and ten atoms wide.
Newfound ability of organic molecules to conduct electricity opens door to smaller, cheaper, and more powerful technologies
University of Pittsburgh April 17, 2008 Pitt Researchers Make Breakthrough in Nanotechnology by Uncovering Conductive Property of Carbon-based Molecules
Nanomedicine

Saliva Can Help Diagnose Heart Attack, Study Shows
University of Texas at Austin April 17, 2008 Early diagnosis of a heart attack may now be possible using only a few drops of saliva and a new nano-bio-chip, a multi-institutional team led by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin reported at a recent meeting of the American Association of Dental Research.
New drug Lapatinib shrinks breast cancer
timesonline.co.uk April 17, 2008 Microscopic magnets could be used to guide modified human cells to attack tumours, according to research (Mark Henderson writes). The technique, which combines nanotechnology and gene therapy, could help specially "armed" human immune cells to home in on cancer cells to destroy them. A team led by Professor Claire Lewis, at Sheffield University, developed a procedure that involves inserting nanomagnets into a type of white blood cell. When a magnet is placed over a tumour, the cells move towards it and attack. Details are published in the journal Gene Therapy.
Possible Futures

Looking toward an exponentially brighter future
twincities.com April 18, 2008 Take energy. Today, 70 percent of it comes from fossil fuels, a 19th-century technology. But if we could capture just 1/10,000th of the sunlight that falls on Earth, we could meet 100 percent of the world's energy needs using this renewable and environmentally friendly source. We can't do that now because solar panels rely on old technology, making them expensive, inefficient, heavy and hard to install. But a new generation of panels based on nanotechnology (which manipulates matter at the level of molecules) is starting to overcome these obstacles. The tipping point at which energy from solar panels will actually be less expensive than fossil fuels is only a few years away. The power we are generating from solar is doubling every two years; at that rate, it will be able to meet all our energy needs within 20 years. Nanotechnology itself is an information technology and therefore subject to what I call the "law of accelerating returns," a continual doubling of capability about every year. Venture capital groups and high-tech companies are investing billions of dollars in these new renewable-energy technologies. I'm confident the day is close at hand when we will be able to obtain energy from sunlight using nano-engineered solar panels and store it for use on cloudy days in nano-engineered fuel cells for less than it costs to use environmentally damaging fossil fuels.
The Issue: Setting IBM's R&D Agenda
businessweek.com April 17, 2008 Kelly, a PhD in materials engineering himself, decided the company needed to realign its research agenda, balancing very long-term projects (up to 20 years) with short-term ones (a year or two) and very large projects with smaller ones. And he honed the company's approach, whittling away the number of focal points for his research teams. At the beginning of 2008, he placed four big bets. Over the next few years, IBM will channel more than $100 million into just four areas, from working on core nanotechnology to developing business processes for companies struggling with the massive amounts of data necessary to operate in the modern world. Kelly also realized that globalizing research was not about building more large brick-and-mortar labs. He wanted more agile, in-market research so he invented "collaboratories," centers that draw on the existing resources of universities, companies, and countries to tackle certain industry-specific problems. For example, instead of tackling transportation issues in the U.S., where the infrastructure is in line with growth, IBM will focus on a country, city, and area where road traffic is a primary problem, such as Mumbai.
Sensors

Donald W. Reynolds Governor's Cup Winners Announced
arkansasbusiness.com April 17, 2008 Winning the $5,000 graduate award for innovation was TruSource Technologies of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, a team that also competed earlier this month in the Rice University Business Plan Competition. Those students used nanotechnology to develop an anti-counterfeit sensor to be used by pharmaceutical companies. "We've really learned a lot," said Enkeleda Dervishi. The competition was conceived by Arkansas Capital Corporation Group in an effort to promote the development and commercialization of ideas and technologies at universities. In 2004, a grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation provided funding, which also established similar competitions in Oklahoma and Nevada. The Arkansas Economic Acceleration Foundation, an affiliate company of the ACCG, manages the competition.
Tools

ZYGO Provides Preliminary Third Quarter Fiscal 2008 Results
Zygo Corporation April 17, 2008 Zygo Corporation (NASDAQ: ZIGO) today announced preliminary financial results for the third quarter of fiscal 2008. Although ZYGO has not finalized its results for the quarter, the Company anticipates third quarter sales to be approximately $38.0 million and expects third quarter net earnings to be break-even. Third quarter earnings were reduced by approximately $0.03 per share as a result of operational costs incurred from the Company's acquisition of certain assets of Solvision, Inc. in February 2008. These preliminary results do not include any adjustments relating to the purchase accounting valuation of the acquisition. This valuation may result in the recovery of a portion or all of the note receivable extended by the Company to Solvision in the prior quarter, which was previously reserved.

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