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NanoNewsCustom April 4, 2008

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Academic

UAlbany NanoCollege Chosen for Prestigious International Consortium Focused on Renewable Energy Technologies
UAlbany CNSE April 03, 2008 CNSE will represent New York in the International Renewable Energy Technology Institute
Gleason named associate dean for engineering research
MIT April 03, 2008 Professor Karen Gleason, the Alexander and I. Michael Kasser Professor of Chemical Engineering, has been named associate dean of engineering for research, Dean Subra Suresh announced this week.
Announcements

Veeco EnviroScopeTM Selected by French National Scientific Research Center and Thales Joint Laboratory
Veeco Instruments Inc. April 04, 2008 Veeco Instruments Inc. (Nasdaq: VECO), a leading provider of instrumentation to the nanoscience community, announced today that the prestigious ‘Unité mixte de Physique' (UMP), a joint laboratory between the French National Scientific Research Center (CNRS) and Thales Group, has selected the EnviroScope™ Atomic Force Microscope to aid in the lab's cutting-edge physics research. Professor Albert Fert, the 2007 recipient of the Nobel Prize for Physics, manages the UMP laboratory, which is based in Palaiseau, France.
Nanofilm To Be Featured On Alexander Haig’s 21st Century Business Series
Nanofilm April 04, 2008 April 5th & 6th, 2008 on Fox Business Network (as Paid Programming)
CED Announces Presenters for Angel Investor Retreat and Start-Up Speed Dating at 25th Annual Venture Conference
Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) April 04, 2008 Leading Southeast, Mid-Atlantic Venture Conference Provides Unique Opportunities for Young Companies Seeking Exposure with Investors
New York's Tech Industry Totals 301,500 Jobs
AeA April 03, 2008 AeA, the nation's largest technology trade association representing all segments of the high-tech industry, today released its 11th annual Cyberstates report detailing national and state trends in high-tech employment, wages, and other key economic factors. The report, Cyberstates 2008: A Complete State-by-State Overview of the High-Technology Industry, covers all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
Nanogen and Thermo Fisher Scientific Partner to Provide Molecular-Biology Products to Research Market
Nanogen, Inc. April 03, 2008 Nanogen, Inc. (Nasdaq:NGEN), developer of molecular-biology and rapid diagnostic products, and Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., the world leader in serving science, have entered into an agreement in which Thermo Fisher will be the exclusive provider of a variety of products used in gene-expression experiments. These products are based on Nanogen's second generation proprietary probe technology for real-time PCR (polymerase chain reaction) applications, the most widely used method for the amplification and measurement of DNA and RNA for molecular diagnostics and life science research.
Chartered Extends Technology Development Collaboration with IBM to 22-Nanometer Process Node
Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing April 03, 2008 Leading Foundry Provides Customers With Continuum of Access to Innovation Through Proven Model
UAlbany NanoCollege Chosen for Prestigious International Consortium Focused on Renewable Energy Technologies
UAlbany CNSE April 03, 2008 CNSE will represent New York in the International Renewable Energy Technology Institute
Iran Urges OIC Support for Innovation
english.farsnews.com April 03, 2008 Iran urged the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) to further support scientific and technological progress in its member states. Iran's Minister of Science, Research and Technology Mohammad Mahdi Zahedi, who is in Pakistan's capital city of Islamabad to attend an OIC meeting called for the Islamic body's financial support in its member states, IRNA reported. Zahedi highlighted the importance of developing mechanisms to have financial support for the nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology and energy sectors in the Muslim countries. He pointed to the major role of science and technology parks in developing the necessary infrastructure for the progress of countries.
Symposium to Explore Role Nanoparticles May Play in Disease
American Physiological Society (APS) April 03, 2008 Two Mayo Clinic researchers who study the role nanoparticles may play in hardening of the arteries and in the formation of kidney stones, will lead a symposium on how these super-small particles may affect the body's physiology. The symposium will take place April 8 at the Experimental Biology conference in San Diego.
Gleason named associate dean for engineering research
MIT April 03, 2008 Professor Karen Gleason, the Alexander and I. Michael Kasser Professor of Chemical Engineering, has been named associate dean of engineering for research, Dean Subra Suresh announced this week.
The rigid future of DNA labels
rsc.org April 03, 2008 How do you study DNA without affecting it? Chemists have linked fluorescent tags to DNA to minimise unwanted interactions with the double helix. Cyanine dyes are among the oldest classes of synthetic compounds and are used as fluorescent labels for DNA, proteins and other biomolecules. Shankar Balasubramanian and colleagues at the University of Cambridge, UK, attached these dyes to DNA by a rigid ethynyl linker. Conventional, widely-used methods to attach cyanine dyes to DNA employ a flexible linker instead, explains Balasubramanian. 'We and others have shown that this results in a dye-DNA interaction that alters the stability of the DNA double helix.' In contrast, the UK team found that using the rigid ethynyl linker fixed the dye's geometry and position, preventing it from interacting with the DNA helix and so changing its stability and structure.
Big Bucks to Think Small: Nanotech Lab Construction Spurs $770 Million in Capital Investment, an Industrial Info News Alert
Industrial Info April 03, 2008 Reported by Annette Kreuger, Industrial Info Resources (Sugar Land, Texas) -- The science of small is prompting major capital investments across the United States. College campuses across the country are clamoring for funding to build "nanotech" research laboratories, both large and small. This nascent discipline has the added attraction of being interdisciplinary by nature, incorporating a number of academic fields ranging from engineering to bioscience.
Carbon nanotubes for new thermoplastic materials
Bayer MaterialScience April 03, 2008 The excellent electrical conductivity and mechanical strength of Baytubes® carbon nanotubes were the decisive factors leading to a cooperation agreement on thermoplastics between Bayer MaterialScience AG and Clariant Masterbatches (Deutschland) GmbH. Bayer MaterialScience will supply Clariant with industrial quantities of high-quality Baytubes® for the manufacture of development and sales products for compounds and master batches. The carbon nanotubes, CNT for short, will initially be used in the new CESA® conductive CNT product range. Potential applications for the resultant compounds include electrically conductive machine components and packaging for delicate electronic components such as computer chips.
New Technology Makes it Pay to “Go Green”
Industrial Nanotech, Inc. April 03, 2008 Earth Day has taken on much more meaning during this first decade of the 21st century. Historians will look back at the year 2000 and write about it as the beginning of an enlightened period when climate change, protecting the environment, and reducing carbon emissions became the hot button topics for nations around the world as we realized our need to protect the planet upon which we depend.
Appointments/New hires/Resignations/Promotions

Gleason named associate dean for engineering research
MIT April 03, 2008 Professor Karen Gleason, the Alexander and I. Michael Kasser Professor of Chemical Engineering, has been named associate dean of engineering for research, Dean Subra Suresh announced this week.
Chip Technology

Chartered Extends Technology Development Collaboration with IBM to 22-Nanometer Process Node
Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing April 03, 2008 Leading Foundry Provides Customers With Continuum of Access to Innovation Through Proven Model
Carbon nanotubes for new thermoplastic materials
Bayer MaterialScience April 03, 2008 The excellent electrical conductivity and mechanical strength of Baytubes® carbon nanotubes were the decisive factors leading to a cooperation agreement on thermoplastics between Bayer MaterialScience AG and Clariant Masterbatches (Deutschland) GmbH. Bayer MaterialScience will supply Clariant with industrial quantities of high-quality Baytubes® for the manufacture of development and sales products for compounds and master batches. The carbon nanotubes, CNT for short, will initially be used in the new CESA® conductive CNT product range. Potential applications for the resultant compounds include electrically conductive machine components and packaging for delicate electronic components such as computer chips.
Discoveries

The rigid future of DNA labels
rsc.org April 03, 2008 How do you study DNA without affecting it? Chemists have linked fluorescent tags to DNA to minimise unwanted interactions with the double helix. Cyanine dyes are among the oldest classes of synthetic compounds and are used as fluorescent labels for DNA, proteins and other biomolecules. Shankar Balasubramanian and colleagues at the University of Cambridge, UK, attached these dyes to DNA by a rigid ethynyl linker. Conventional, widely-used methods to attach cyanine dyes to DNA employ a flexible linker instead, explains Balasubramanian. 'We and others have shown that this results in a dye-DNA interaction that alters the stability of the DNA double helix.' In contrast, the UK team found that using the rigid ethynyl linker fixed the dye's geometry and position, preventing it from interacting with the DNA helix and so changing its stability and structure.
Energy

UAlbany NanoCollege Chosen for Prestigious International Consortium Focused on Renewable Energy Technologies
UAlbany CNSE April 03, 2008 CNSE will represent New York in the International Renewable Energy Technology Institute
Environment

New Technology Makes it Pay to “Go Green”
Industrial Nanotech, Inc. April 03, 2008 Earth Day has taken on much more meaning during this first decade of the 21st century. Historians will look back at the year 2000 and write about it as the beginning of an enlightened period when climate change, protecting the environment, and reducing carbon emissions became the hot button topics for nations around the world as we realized our need to protect the planet upon which we depend.
Govt.-Legislation/Regulation/Funding/Policy

Iran Urges OIC Support for Innovation
english.farsnews.com April 03, 2008 Iran urged the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) to further support scientific and technological progress in its member states. Iran's Minister of Science, Research and Technology Mohammad Mahdi Zahedi, who is in Pakistan's capital city of Islamabad to attend an OIC meeting called for the Islamic body's financial support in its member states, IRNA reported. Zahedi highlighted the importance of developing mechanisms to have financial support for the nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology and energy sectors in the Muslim countries. He pointed to the major role of science and technology parks in developing the necessary infrastructure for the progress of countries.
Interviews/Book Reviews/Essays/Reports

New York's Tech Industry Totals 301,500 Jobs
AeA April 03, 2008 AeA, the nation's largest technology trade association representing all segments of the high-tech industry, today released its 11th annual Cyberstates report detailing national and state trends in high-tech employment, wages, and other key economic factors. The report, Cyberstates 2008: A Complete State-by-State Overview of the High-Technology Industry, covers all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
Eight tips to dramatically improve your chances of living forever
ieet.org April 03, 2008 So, if you're patient and follow some common sense guidelines, you may be able to stick around and see Halley's Comet return in 2061. And again in 2137. Indeed, all bets are now off for predicting life expectancy rates in the 21st Century. Pending breakthroughs in biotechnology, nanotechnology and information technologies will soon make it possible for us to treat an aging body in the same way we would repair an old and worn out machine. Future treatments are going to make Viagra and Botox look downright medieval: Your kidneys are failing? No problem, you'll grow new ones from your own stem cells. Got cancer? Don't fret - it's nothing a bit of cellular reprogramming can't fix. Suffering from Alzheimer's? Sounds like you could use a neural-prosthesis. Too futuristic? Maybe, but a number of key thinkers are making a strong case for radical life extension arriving as early as two to three decades from a now - a list of thinkers that includes de Grey, futurist Ray Kurzweil, and philosopher Nick Bostrom. Entire communities have arisen to support the prospect, including transhumanists and the immortalists.
Big Bucks to Think Small: Nanotech Lab Construction Spurs $770 Million in Capital Investment, an Industrial Info News Alert
Industrial Info April 03, 2008 Reported by Annette Kreuger, Industrial Info Resources (Sugar Land, Texas) -- The science of small is prompting major capital investments across the United States. College campuses across the country are clamoring for funding to build "nanotech" research laboratories, both large and small. This nascent discipline has the added attraction of being interdisciplinary by nature, incorporating a number of academic fields ranging from engineering to bioscience.
Jobs

New York's Tech Industry Totals 301,500 Jobs
AeA April 03, 2008 AeA, the nation's largest technology trade association representing all segments of the high-tech industry, today released its 11th annual Cyberstates report detailing national and state trends in high-tech employment, wages, and other key economic factors. The report, Cyberstates 2008: A Complete State-by-State Overview of the High-Technology Industry, covers all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
Materials

Carbon nanotubes for new thermoplastic materials
Bayer MaterialScience April 03, 2008 The excellent electrical conductivity and mechanical strength of Baytubes® carbon nanotubes were the decisive factors leading to a cooperation agreement on thermoplastics between Bayer MaterialScience AG and Clariant Masterbatches (Deutschland) GmbH. Bayer MaterialScience will supply Clariant with industrial quantities of high-quality Baytubes® for the manufacture of development and sales products for compounds and master batches. The carbon nanotubes, CNT for short, will initially be used in the new CESA® conductive CNT product range. Potential applications for the resultant compounds include electrically conductive machine components and packaging for delicate electronic components such as computer chips.
New Technology Makes it Pay to “Go Green”
Industrial Nanotech, Inc. April 03, 2008 Earth Day has taken on much more meaning during this first decade of the 21st century. Historians will look back at the year 2000 and write about it as the beginning of an enlightened period when climate change, protecting the environment, and reducing carbon emissions became the hot button topics for nations around the world as we realized our need to protect the planet upon which we depend.
Nanomedicine

Nanogen and Thermo Fisher Scientific Partner to Provide Molecular-Biology Products to Research Market
Nanogen, Inc. April 03, 2008 Nanogen, Inc. (Nasdaq:NGEN), developer of molecular-biology and rapid diagnostic products, and Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., the world leader in serving science, have entered into an agreement in which Thermo Fisher will be the exclusive provider of a variety of products used in gene-expression experiments. These products are based on Nanogen's second generation proprietary probe technology for real-time PCR (polymerase chain reaction) applications, the most widely used method for the amplification and measurement of DNA and RNA for molecular diagnostics and life science research.
Symposium to Explore Role Nanoparticles May Play in Disease
American Physiological Society (APS) April 03, 2008 Two Mayo Clinic researchers who study the role nanoparticles may play in hardening of the arteries and in the formation of kidney stones, will lead a symposium on how these super-small particles may affect the body's physiology. The symposium will take place April 8 at the Experimental Biology conference in San Diego.
The rigid future of DNA labels
rsc.org April 03, 2008 How do you study DNA without affecting it? Chemists have linked fluorescent tags to DNA to minimise unwanted interactions with the double helix. Cyanine dyes are among the oldest classes of synthetic compounds and are used as fluorescent labels for DNA, proteins and other biomolecules. Shankar Balasubramanian and colleagues at the University of Cambridge, UK, attached these dyes to DNA by a rigid ethynyl linker. Conventional, widely-used methods to attach cyanine dyes to DNA employ a flexible linker instead, explains Balasubramanian. 'We and others have shown that this results in a dye-DNA interaction that alters the stability of the DNA double helix.' In contrast, the UK team found that using the rigid ethynyl linker fixed the dye's geometry and position, preventing it from interacting with the DNA helix and so changing its stability and structure.
Nanotubes

Carbon nanotubes for new thermoplastic materials
Bayer MaterialScience April 03, 2008 The excellent electrical conductivity and mechanical strength of Baytubes® carbon nanotubes were the decisive factors leading to a cooperation agreement on thermoplastics between Bayer MaterialScience AG and Clariant Masterbatches (Deutschland) GmbH. Bayer MaterialScience will supply Clariant with industrial quantities of high-quality Baytubes® for the manufacture of development and sales products for compounds and master batches. The carbon nanotubes, CNT for short, will initially be used in the new CESA® conductive CNT product range. Potential applications for the resultant compounds include electrically conductive machine components and packaging for delicate electronic components such as computer chips.
Possible Futures

Eight tips to dramatically improve your chances of living forever
ieet.org April 03, 2008 So, if you're patient and follow some common sense guidelines, you may be able to stick around and see Halley's Comet return in 2061. And again in 2137. Indeed, all bets are now off for predicting life expectancy rates in the 21st Century. Pending breakthroughs in biotechnology, nanotechnology and information technologies will soon make it possible for us to treat an aging body in the same way we would repair an old and worn out machine. Future treatments are going to make Viagra and Botox look downright medieval: Your kidneys are failing? No problem, you'll grow new ones from your own stem cells. Got cancer? Don't fret - it's nothing a bit of cellular reprogramming can't fix. Suffering from Alzheimer's? Sounds like you could use a neural-prosthesis. Too futuristic? Maybe, but a number of key thinkers are making a strong case for radical life extension arriving as early as two to three decades from a now - a list of thinkers that includes de Grey, futurist Ray Kurzweil, and philosopher Nick Bostrom. Entire communities have arisen to support the prospect, including transhumanists and the immortalists.
Self Assembly

Nanofilm To Be Featured On Alexander Haig’s 21st Century Business Series
Nanofilm April 04, 2008 April 5th & 6th, 2008 on Fox Business Network (as Paid Programming)
Tools

Veeco EnviroScopeTM Selected by French National Scientific Research Center and Thales Joint Laboratory
Veeco Instruments Inc. April 04, 2008 Veeco Instruments Inc. (Nasdaq: VECO), a leading provider of instrumentation to the nanoscience community, announced today that the prestigious ‘Unité mixte de Physique' (UMP), a joint laboratory between the French National Scientific Research Center (CNRS) and Thales Group, has selected the EnviroScope™ Atomic Force Microscope to aid in the lab's cutting-edge physics research. Professor Albert Fert, the 2007 recipient of the Nobel Prize for Physics, manages the UMP laboratory, which is based in Palaiseau, France.
Nanogen and Thermo Fisher Scientific Partner to Provide Molecular-Biology Products to Research Market
Nanogen, Inc. April 03, 2008 Nanogen, Inc. (Nasdaq:NGEN), developer of molecular-biology and rapid diagnostic products, and Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., the world leader in serving science, have entered into an agreement in which Thermo Fisher will be the exclusive provider of a variety of products used in gene-expression experiments. These products are based on Nanogen's second generation proprietary probe technology for real-time PCR (polymerase chain reaction) applications, the most widely used method for the amplification and measurement of DNA and RNA for molecular diagnostics and life science research.

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