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NANO Magazine - Issue 9
NANO Magazine, December 2008, Pages: 42
In this issue of NANO we tackle textiles and how nanotechnology is revolutionising the world of sports equipment and clothing. However, are these advances posing a danger to the cherished idea of the 'level' playing field? We will also focus in on other realms such as healthcare and protective clothing where nanotechnology can, and is, making huge advances.
NANO Helps Win Gold
The Nano-enhanced swimsuits that allowed the likes of swimmer Michael Phelps to dominate Beijing became one of the major controversies of the games. Elaine Mulcahy investigates the Nanotech advances that are helping athletes win gold, and the ethical questions they pose.
To the Extreme
We explore some uses of textiles in fire, space, war and intense uv light.could the answer lie the the properties of nanoparticles which already exist and thrive in some of the toughest environments on earth?
The University of Illinois have developed a range of strechible, flexible electronics which are so bendy they can wrap around the edge of a microscope coverslip and so stretchable they can be twisted into a corkscrew. The researchers are focusing applications development in the healthcare industry and believe these tiny, flexible electronic sheets could one day be used to line the brain to monitor activity in patients at risk of epilepsy or be integrated into surgical gloves to monitor a patient’s vital signs during surgery.
Gail McConnel discusses the pros and cons of Laser Scanning Microscopes as well as her vision to take the next step in optical imaging.
Are sensors in clothes going a step too far? In our article on Nanosensors - Big benefit or big brother, the authors say it depends how the information is being used. Personal data circulated within a communications network would need to be encrypted with the proper security measures in place. Such measures must be developed before these products hit the market.
Focus on Switzerland
Switzerland is the profiled country in this issue and we are delighted to include a detailed and informative interview with one of Switzerland’s best known scientists, Professor Christoph Gerber. In our profile piece we explore some of the work at the NCCR Nanoscience and gain an insight from one of its leaders on the wide range of applications, networks and collaborations at the research centre.
What's new in Nano provides and exciting look at a novel microscopic technique which shows that nanoparticles are often not created equal, the use of a single atomic nucleus allowing us a step closer to quantum computing, the discovery of a new application for nano-stars and the use of nano to spy on hospital super-bugs.
Nanomedicine, in this issue, focuses on plasma technologies that may be used to add functionalities to modern textiles and may, in turn, provide a range of applications in nanomedicine from anti-fouling coatings to wear resistance.
Countries covered: Switzerland, USA, Canada, UK
Products mentioned: Swim Suits, Sports clothing, Clothing, Microscopes, Product Packaging, Cameras, Medial imaging Devices
An annual subscription to NANO magazine can also be purchased via the ‘Also Available’ link below.
What’s new in Nano
Nano Helps Win Gold
Switzerland's Nanotech Environment
Interview with Christoph Gerber
To the Extremes- Nano to Withstand the Harshest Environments
Fine Tuning- Laser Microscopes and New Avenues for Optical Imaging Nanomedicine
Nanosensors- Big Benefit or Big Brother?
- University of Calgary
- NCCR Nanoscale Science
- University of Basel
- John Innes Centre
- Diamond Hard Surfaces
- Central Institute for Research on Cotton Technology
- University of Strathclyde.
- Institute of Nanotechnology
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