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June 2011

Eric on Energy
Weather change
June 30, 2011
If you want a clear explanation of the relationship between climate change and weather, check out Global Warming and the Science of Extreme Weather on Scientific American's site.

Eric on Energy
Stern looking at even sterner situation
June 30, 2011
Nicholas Stern, the former World Bank top economist who made waves five years ago with the Stern Review that called for investments equal to 1% of global GDP...

Papers of Note
Molecular chains promise ultra-high capacity storage
June 23, 2011
Arrange a chain of single molecules in the right way, and you have a magnetic bit a thousand times smaller than the bits in todayís memory and disk drives.
Influence of structure on exchange strength and relaxation barrier in a series of FeIIReIV(CN)2 single-chain magnets, Chemical Science

Stories Elsewhere
Nanoparticles communicate to swarm tumors
June 21, 2011
Nanodrug Swarms Use The Human Body's Biocommunications System to Coordinate Their Attack, Popular Science
MITís New Nanoparticles Tag Team Cancer Cells, Gizmodo
Two Types of Nanoparticles Work Together to Target Tumors, Discover
(Source: Nature Materials paper Nanoparticles that communicate in vivo to amplify tumour targeting)

Papers of Note
Nano printing produces invisibility cloak material
June 5, 2011
Come up with a way to stamp an "ink" of the right materials and microscopic structure, and you can create large, flexible invisibility cloaks.
Large-area flexible 3D optical negative index metamaterial formed by nanotransfer printing, Nature Nanotechnology
Research Watch
Quantum computing makes some noise
June 3, 2011
Lockheed Martin's purchase of a $10 million computer from D-Wave Systems is making headlines.


Features

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.

Can nanotech beat cancer?
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.

View from the High Ground
Email conversations with researchers in high places.


How It Works
Get the nitty-gritty on nanotechnology, biochips, self-assembly, DNA technologies, quantum cryptography, and more.








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