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Russia wants to partner with Israel in nanotechnology research

This news from RIA Novosti of a promising nanotech partnership between Russia and Israel—”Russia wants Israel to become strategic nanotech partner“:

Russia believes that Israel could become a strategic partner in developing nanotechnology projects, the general director of the Russian Rosnanotech state corporation said on Thursday.

“Israel is one of the global high-teach leaders, uniting a large number of inventers [Sic], innovative groups, working in the nanotechnology sphere,” Leonid Melamed said during a visit to Israel.

The main goal of the visit, which includes trips to educational, scientific and technical centers and meetings with Israeli officials, is to identify investment projects for Russia.

“Considering that almost half of the people working in these laboratories speak Russian, Israel is clearly a strategic partner for us,” Melamed added.

In 2007, the Russian government allocated 130 billion rubles (about $5.5 billion) to Rosnanotech, which is aiming to build infrastructure in Russia for nanotechnology projects providing the right research conditions.

—Jim

5 Responses to “Russia wants to partner with Israel in nanotechnology research”

  1. ZEITGEIST Says:

    [...] RUSSIA WANTS TO PARTNER WITH ISRAEL in nanotechnology research. [...]

  2. Wilbur Says:

    Russia doesn’t have a chance in hell of ever being a leader in any high technology field. They’d like to be piggy-backed by a country like Israel. The biggest problem with that is that Russia can’t really expand on such collaborative research, lacking the tech infra-structure. The human capital of Russia is either emigrating west or dying off. This kind of story reads more like a Putin fantasy than real news.

  3. Dan Says:

    Talk about synergy! Israel helps Russia with nanotech and Russia helps Iran miniaturize the nuclear weapons it will use to wipe out Israel. This is in Israel’s strategic interest, of course. Israel has been trying to commit suicide, unsuccessfully, for 20 years and this collaboration will finally get the job done.

  4. A Stoner Says:

    Yeah, I can see that working out in Isreals favor.

  5. RebeccaH Says:

    This ought to scare American nanotech researchers into a revved up fight for more funds and leeway. But it probably won’t.

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