Scientists Discover A Potentially Better, More Efficient Drug Delivery System

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University of California Santa Barbara researcher Erkki Ruoslahti

Scientists at UC Santa Barbara have discovered a potential new drug delivery system. The finding is a biological mechanism for delivery of nanoparticles into tissue. The results are published in this week’s Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

 

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Nanowire Advance Can Boost Life And Performance Of Lithium-Ion Batteries

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Carbon nanowires coated with silicon (bottom) produces a material that can store six times as much charge

Lithium ion has become the battery of choice for electric vehicles, driving researchers to improve the technology’s performance, longevity, and reliability. A new type of nanowire electrode developed by materials science and engineering professor Yi Cui at Stanford is a step toward that goal.

 

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End of Cancer Deaths Predicted By 2015

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In 2003, Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach, then director of the National Cancer Institute outlined his goal to eliminate suffering and death from cancer by 2015. “This prediction does not mean that we will eliminate cancer by then,” he said, “I don’t know when that will happen. But the challenge is to understand the disease and create interventions so that no one will suffer and die prematurely from cancer.”

 

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Thinnest Nanolaser Developed Key To Future Optical Technologies

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Researchers have created the tiniest laser since its invention nearly 50 years ago

Developed by a consortium of researchers, dubbed the “spaser”, it is the thinnest laser ever developed. About 44 nanometers in diameter and about 10 times smaller than the wavelength of light, the nanolaser could pave way for superfast computers, which use light to process data instead of electrons currently used. This novel invention that emits visible light, has been brought about by harnessing clouds of electrons called “surface Plasmons,“ which produce photons of light waves.

 

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Cancer Detecting Implant Created By MIT Engineer

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Impantable device monitors cancer

Surgical removal of a tissue sample is now the standard for diagnosing cancer. Such procedures, known as biopsies, are accurate but offer only a snapshot of the tumor at a single moment in time.

 

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How Nanotechnology May Be Damaging Our Lungs

How Nanotechnology May Be Damaging Our Lungs

 Nanomaterials may cause damage to the lungs

In 2006, The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars published a warning and a challenge to the scientific community about its responsible use and handling of nanomaterials, as they were known to cause damage to the lungs.  Now, research conducted at the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences in Beijing, has unveiled how the damage occurs and a possible means of control. 

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Brain Bots

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Terminator like robots really could be on the horizon

Can we build a brain from the ground up, one neuron (or so) at a time? That’s the goal of neurobotics, a science that sits at the convergence of robotics, artificial intelligence, computer science, neuroscience, cognitive psychology, physiology, mathematics and several different engineering disciplines. Computationally demanding and requiring a long view and a macroscopic perspective (qualities not often found in our world of impatient specialization), the field is so Here Come the Neurobotsfundamentally challenging that there are only around five labs pursuing it worldwide. Continue reading… “Brain Bots”

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Rubber OLED Display Developed

Rubber OLED Display Developed 

Rubber-like OLED

Researchers have developed a stretchable OLED display that can be bent and deformed without breaking.  The rubber-like OLEDs are currently monochrome and each have just 256 pixel resolution; however the University of Tokyo team responsible for their development are now working on adding color and increasing resolution. 

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