Foresight Nanotech Institute Weekly News Digest: November 13, 2008
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Robert A. Freitas Jr. brings to our attention a major step on the road to advanced nanotech, published a couple weeks ago in Science (abstract). He writes:
By nearly eliminating the light lost to solar cells by reflection, a multilayer nanotech coating promises to increase solar cell efficiency…
Re-engineering a simple nanotech device to make it more functional, Chinese scientists have developed an improved DNA tweezers that is able to capture, hold, and release a target molecule in a controlled manner…
A patch consisting of three layers of polymers can be loaded with nanoparticles and attached to living cells to give them nanotech backpacks that could be useful for carrying chemotherapy and imaging agents to tumors, or to align cells in certain patterns for tissue engineering…
The publication of a method to mass produce graphene has opened the way to further study of this remarkable nanomaterial, and to its eventual use in a number of nanotech applications…
—Nanodot posts by James Lewis
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