• The US National Cancer Institute is to fund a Center of Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence at Stanford University, US. The facility will receive around $20 m over five years. Scientists at the centre will research methods for imaging disease in the body or for detecting disease through blood or tissue samples. "The marriage between the two subdisciplines gives this grant a lot of potential," said centre leader Sanjiv Sam Gambhir. As well as staff from Stanford, researchers from UCLA, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, the University of Texas-Austin, General Electric Global Research and Intel will participate. The National Cancer Institute is setting up eight nanotechnology centres across the US.

Advance Nanotech, US, Dow Corning, US, and Alps Electric of Japan are to fund a research project at the Center for Advanced Photonics and Electronics (CAPE) at the University of Cambridge, UK. Dubbed RANTED, the project will develop materials with unique dielectric properties in the microwave range. The companies say that Alps Electric will provide expertise in optoelectronics, Dow Corning will supply its knowledge of materials research and Advance Nanotech will provide nanotechnology expertise. The materials will have applications in wireless communications and other areas such as medical imaging.

• The US NanoBusiness Alliance has organized a public policy tour of Washington DC. Representatives from 40 companies involved in nanotechnology met with US government officials to discuss topics such as the commercialization of nanotechnology and environmental, health and safety issues. "There is a great deal of excitement on Capitol Hill regarding the promise of nanotechnology, but there is equal concern about regulation, education and environmental, health and safety issues," said Sean Murdock, executive director of the alliance.