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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 10-03-09

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    Former President of the Republic of Cyprus Tassos Papadopoulos spouse Photini Papadopoulou has expressed her familys satisfaction and relief that Papadopoulos body was found on Monday. Papadopoulos body was removed on 11 December 2009 from its grave in the cemetery of Deftera community, on the eve of Papadopoulos` first annual memorial service.

    In statements at her residence, in the presence of the rest members of her family, Papadopoulou thanked the police for all its efforts as well as the Institute of Neurology and Genetics for the quick identification of the body. She also expressed hope that the perpetrators of this criminal act will be arrested by the Police.


    Nanotechnology, a relatively new scientific term, is applied in many fields, like medicine, pharmacology, industry, the environment, mobility, sports, astronomy, computers, energy, public health, innovation and transport. In Cyprus, the Hefaistos Nanotechnology Research Unit at the University of Cyprus, under Professor Dr Charalambos Doumanidis, is conducting nanotechnology research in many areas, including replacement medicine and therapy of intestine cancer and thalassemia, as well as for the administration of chemotherapy drugs with nanorobots for the therapy of breast cancer.

    In an interview with CNA, Professor Dr Charalambos Doumanidis talked about nanotechnology, its importance for humanity, its future applications as well as about the work carried out at the Hefaistos Unit.

    In his interview with CNA, Professor Doumanidis said that nanotechnology is already applied in many areas including cosmetic industry (for anti-aging ingredients, which reach the deep layers of skin), medicine, pharmacology, sports (such as in tennis rackets and golf-clubs), aerospace, dentistry, auto-industry and the protection of the environment. Referring to the Hefaistos Nanotechnology Research Unit at the University of Cyprus, he said it focuses on integrating and packaging nano-devices and micro-systems, to be applied in various areas.

    Hefaistos has attracted important research projects from EU programs, such as the Marie Curie Chair for research that would be for the benefit of the Cyprus plastic industry and renewable energy sources. The Professor added that it also carries out projects of the Interreg Program for the development of artificial tissue with nanofibre, for replacement medicine and therapy of intestine cancer and thalassemia.

    In his interview with CNA, he said that Hefaistos conducts research in the framework of a European program for the administration of chemotherapy drugs with nanorobots for the therapy of breast cancer. Products based on nanotechnology are already in use and analysts expect markets to grow by hundreds of billions of euro during this decade.


    An important exhibition with works of Spanish Catalan painter Joan Miro will be inaugurated Wednesday in Nicosia in the presence of her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain.

    President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias will also attend the opening.

    The exhibition, with the title Miro of Majorca will last until 30 May 2010 and will take place at the Nicosia Municipal Arts Center. It will display more than 200 works and testimonies by Joan Miro, including paintings, sculptures, engravings, drawings and sketches for sculptures, public art, ballet and music.

    The exhibition is co-organised by the Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, the Pierides Foundation, the Ministry of Education and Culture-Cultural Services, the Pilar i Joan Mirü Foundation of Majorca, and the Teloglio Foundation of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in collaboration with the Spanish Government, the State Corporation for Spanish Cultural Action Abroad and the support of the Cyprus Tourism Organisation. This is the first time that an exhibition of such magnitude focusing on the work of a great artist is organised in Cyprus.

    This prominent exhibition is organised in the framework of the Spanish Presidency of the European Union and the Spanish Government dedicates the event to the 50th Anniversary of the Cyprus Republic.

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