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The Morning Briefing: Nanotechnology

The Morning Briefing: Nanotechnology

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

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

1.) From pomegranate peel to nanoparticles. Food waste is a growing problem in many parts of the world, but discarded fruit peel, in the case of pomegranates, could be put to good use in the burgeoning field of nanotechnology according to research published in the International Journal of Nanoparticles.

2.) U.S. Government Accountability Office releases report on nanotechnology EHS research performance. From fiscal years 2006 to 2010, the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) reported more than a doubling of National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) member agencies' funding for nanotechnology environmental, health, and safety (EHS) research.

3.) Nanotech innovations bring breakthroughs to market. The operators of a local scientific supply business hope they can help researchers find breakthrough developments in tiny tubes.

4.) Nanotechnology in the automotive industry. Nano-enhanced materials are already beginning to improve the performance and cost-effectiveness of vehicles, and this effect will only increase in the coming years, as harder, stronger, lighter nanomaterials become commercially available.

5.) Chemist explores nanotechnology in search of cheaper solar cells. Luke Hanley is a big believer in harnessing solar energy to produce electricity. Doing it more efficiently is his goal.

Bonus: U.S. companies account for more than half of nanotechnology IP.

Image credit: Zdenko Zivkovic

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Charlie Osborne

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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