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Papers of Note

Etch a pair of nanoscale pillars in a chip and you have the key ingredient for a light source that promises to boost quantum computing and quantum communications.
Ultrabright source of entangled photon pairs, Nature

Induce the right arrangement of DNA cables and rods and you have the molecular version of architectural components that could be used to make and repair tissue.
Self-assembly of three-dimensional prestressed tensegrity structures from DNA, Nature Nanotechnology

Make liquid crystal out of peptides and you can form artificial scaffolding to interconnect cells, a key requirement for growing organs in the laboratory.
A self-assembly pathway to aligned monodomain gels, Nature Materials

Scratch lines on ultrathin sheets of carbon with a heated atomic force microscope tip and you can make tiny circuits for flexible electronic devices.
Nanoscale Tunable Reduction of Graphene Oxide for Graphene Electronics, Science

Stories Elsewhere

Multistep Diagnostics on Paper, Technology Review
(Source: Microfluidics and Nanofluidics paper Transport in two-dimensional paper networks)

Efficient nano motor cleverly harnesses light,
(Source: Nature Nanotechnology paper Light-driven nanoscale plasmonic motors)

Crystal memory allows efficient storage of quantum information in light, Scientific American
(Source: Nature paper Efficient quantum memory for light)

Flexible Touch Screen Made with Printed Graphene, Technology Review
(Source: Nature Nanotechnology paper Roll-to-roll production of 30-inch graphene films for transparent electrodes)

Unusual quantum states may shake up quantum computing, Ars Technica
(Source: Nature paper Coherent control of Rydberg states in silicon)

Automatic origami: "programmable matter" can fold itself, Ars Technica
(Source: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences paper Programmable matter by folding)


Nano cancer drugs move to the next level: humans
A growing number of cancer therapies packaged in infinitesimal particles are making their way to patients.

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Cancer will always be with us in some form, but the fear and devastation it causes could be history within a generation. We'll have the tiniest of things to thank for it.

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April 17, 2010
Barabási's latest burst of activity

Albert-László Barabási, the physicist and network theory guru whose work we've covered over the years, has a new book that promises to show how human behavior is predictable.

"Physics is to the rest of science what machine tools are to engineering. A corollary is that science places power in our hands which can be used for good or ill. Technology has been abused in this way throughout the ages from gunpowder to atomic bombs."
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