Using Magnetic Nanoparticles to Combat Cancer
Scientists at Georgia Tech have developed a potential new treatment against cancer that attaches magnetic nanoparticles to cancer cells, allowing them to be captured and carried out of the body. The treatment, which has been tested in the laboratory and will now be looked at in survival studies, is detailed online in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.
Source: Georgia Institute of Technology
Public Concerns Increasing Over Nanotechnology
Educating the public about nanotechnology and other complex but emerging technologies causes people to become more "worried and cautious" about the new technologies' prospective benefits, according to a recent study by researchers at North Carolina State University.
Source: Matt Shipman, North Carolina State University
The Nanotom Helps Scientists See Into The Unknown
Researchers at The University of Nottingham have a new weapon in their arsenal of tools to push back the boundaries of science, engineering, veterinary medicine and archaeology.
Source: Dr. Sacha Mooney, University of Nottingham
'Nanosculpture' Could Enable New Types Of Heat Pumps And Energy Converters, Potential Medical Applications
A new technique for growing single-crystal nanorods and controlling their shape using biomolecules could enable the development of smaller, more powerful heat pumps and devices that harvest electricity from heat.
Source: Michael Mullaney, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Unveiling The Buried Secrets Of The Nanoworld With Super-Resolution X-Ray Microscopy
A novel super-resolution X-ray microscope developed by a team of researchers from the Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI) and EPFL in Switzerland combines the high penetration power of x-rays with high spatial resolution, making it possible for the first time to shed light on the detailed interior composition of semiconductor devices and cellular structures.
Source: Franz Pfeiffer, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Pathogen That Causes Disease In Cattle Also Associated With Crohn's Disease - Research Urgently Needed To Evaluate Potential Risks To Humans
People with Crohn's disease (CD) are seven-fold more likely to have in their gut tissues the bacterium that causes a digestive-tract disease in cattle called Johne's disease. The role this bacterium may or may not play in causing CD is a top research priority, according to a new report released by the American Academy of Microbiology.
Source: American Society for Microbiology
Quantum Computers Could Excel In Modeling Chemical Reactions
Quantum computers would likely outperform conventional computers in simulating chemical reactions involving more than four atoms, according to scientists at Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Haverford College. Such improved ability to model and predict complex chemical reactions could revolutionize drug design and materials science, among other fields.
Source: Steve Bradt, Harvard University
New Center For Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology And Nanotoxicology Receives Donation
Prof. Moein Moghimi (Professor of Biopharmacy and Nanomedicine, Department of Pharmaceutics and Analytical chemistry) and colleagues have received 28 million DKK (approximately 3.75 million Euros) from the Danish Council for Strategic Research (DSF) to set The Centre for Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology and Nanotoxicology (CPNN) at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences starting April 2009.
Source: Professor Seyed Moein Moghimi, University of Copenhagen
Nanotech Coating Could Lead To Better Brain Implants To Treat Diseases
Biomedical and materials engineers at the University of Michigan have developed a nanotech coating for brain implants that helps the devices operate longer and could improve treatment for deafness, paralysis, blindness, epilepsy and Parkinson's disease.
Source: Nicole Casal Moore, University of Michigan
Molecular Biomimetics: Nanotechnology And Bionanotechnology. Utilizing Genetically Engineered Peptides
Nature provides inspiration for designing materials and systems which derive their functions from highly organized structures. Biological hard tissues are hybrid materials having both inorganics within a complex organic matrix, the molecular scaffold controlling inorganic structures. Biocomposites incorporate both biomacromolecules such as proteins, lipids and polysaccharides, and inorganic materials, such as hydroxyapatite, silica, magnetite, and calcite.
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Collaborating for Profits in Nanotechnology
Why are universities investing scarce budget cash in start-up companies? “Partnerships with private industry are a way of making this new technology available for public benefit,” said Leonard H. Rome, interim director of the California NanoSystems Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Source: New York Times