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Foresight Nanotech Institute Weekly News Digest: August 6, 2008

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Top Nano News of the Week

Nanotechnology creates structures that mimic proteins

A major advance in mimicking protein function has been made by scientists working with peptoids—polymers that resemble proteins except that the polymer backbone has monomer side groups attached to nitrogen atoms rather than to alpha-carbon atoms, as in proteins…

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Measuring picometers to advance nanotechnology

Technologically important properties of some nanostructures—for example, certain complex metal oxide crystals—dependent strongly on knowing atomic positions very precisely—to within a few percent of an atomic diameter. A recent review describes the advantages to nanotech of advances in electron microscopy that allow mapping electron states localized at or between atoms, when coupled with extensive quantum-mechanical calculations…

New method for nanotechnology images light atoms on graphene surface

The recently demonstrated ability to visualize individual atoms of carbon and hydrogen on a graphene surface opens new avenues for studying the behavior of hydrocarbon chains…

Weighing atoms with nanotechnology

Now, a double-walled carbon nanotube forms a device able to weigh a single atom of gold. Unlike other tools of comparable sensitivity, the new nanotube mass sensors are small enough to be a components of nanoscopic systems, and they do not have to ionize or destroy molecules to measure their masses…

Nanotechnology delivers safer MRI contrast agent to image clots

A novel toroidal-shaped nanoparticle provides a nanotech way to image blood clots without using magnetic resonance imaging contrast agents that are toxic to some patients…

—Nanodot posts by James Lewis

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