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The Morning Briefing: Nanotechnology advances

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"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading about advances in nanotechnology.

1.) New process creates infrared LEDs using quantum dots. A new process developed by Dr. Liangfeng Sun and his team holds promise for improving the production and capabilities of the infrared light emitting diode, or LED, for use in technologies ranging from communications to night vision devices used by the military.

2.) Iran, South Korea to hold joint meeting on nanotechnology. Iran and South Korea plan to hold a joint conference on nanotechnology early in October.

3.) Molecular nanotechnology: Computer chip developed from seasquirt molecules. Scientists from the University of Aberdeen's Marine Biodiscovery Centre and the University of St Andrews have presented their work on the components of a new type of computer chip created using molecules from a sea squirt sourced from the bottom of the Great Barrier Reef.

4.) $18.5 million grant to fuel nanotechnology center at UT. The National Science Foundation announced today that it will award $18.5 million to the University of Texas for a new engineering research center whose charge is to parlay advances in nanoscience.

5.) Public awareness of nanotechnology continues to dwindle. The numbers are in again and it seems that Americans are still largely ignorant of nanotechnology's existence.

— By on September 10, 2012, 5:56 PM PST

Charlie Osborne

Contributing Editor

Charlie Osborne is a freelance journalist and photographer based in London. In addition to SmartPlanet, she also writes for business technology website ZDNet and consumer technology site CNET. She holds a degree in medical anthropology from the University of Kent. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure