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New laser to bring spectroscopic technique up to speed

Physicist Robert Huber, who leads a Junior Research Group at Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) Munich, becomes the latest recipient of one of the coveted Starting Grants awarded by the European Research Council (ERC). The grant is worth 1.2 million Euros over a period of 5 years.

Posted: Oct 27th, 2010

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Nanodrug enables image-guided breast cancer therapy

By combining an iron oxide nanoparticle, a tumor-targeting peptide, and a therapeutic nucleic acid into one construct, a team of investigators from the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School have created an agent that holds potential as targeted therapy for breast cancer.

Posted: Oct 27th, 2010

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Understanding how cells respond to nanoparticles

Scientists have shown that the safety of gold nanoparticle-nucleic acid formulations depends significantly on how the nucleic acids and nanoparticles are linked to one another, a finding with important implications for those researchers developing such constructs.

Posted: Oct 27th, 2010

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Nanoparticles deliver combination chemotherapy directly to prostate cancer cells

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Brigham and Women's Hospital have developed a nanoparticle that can deliver precise doses of two or more drugs to prostate cancer cells. Such particles, say the researchers, could improve the effectiveness of chemotherapy while minimizing the side effects normally seen with these drugs.

Posted: Oct 27th, 2010

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Tracking tumor-targeting nanoparticles in the body

Though targeted nanoparticle-based imaging agents and therapeutics for diagnosing and treating cancer are making their way to and through the clinical trials process, researchers still do not have a good understanding of how nanoparticles reach tumors and how they then bind to and enter the targeted tumor. To overcome that knowledge deficit, two teams of investigators, both part of the Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer have undertaken studies aiming to track nanoparticles as they move through living animals.

Posted: Oct 27th, 2010

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Microrobotics challenge seeks miniature medics and maze masters

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in collaboration with IEEE, is inviting teams currently engaged in microrobotic, microelectronic or microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) research to participate in the NIST Mobile Microrobotics Challenge 2011. The competition will be held as part of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, May 9-13, 2011, in Shanghai, China.

Posted: Oct 26th, 2010

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UAlbany NanoCollege announces third annual 'NANOvember' outreach initiative

From innovations that enable improved health care and clean energy technologies, to the advent of exciting video games and new crime-solving techniques, the growing impact of nanotechnology on society will take center stage when the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering of the University at Albany holds its third annual celebration of 'NANOvember'.

Posted: Oct 26th, 2010

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Chitin-Siliciumdioxid-Nanokomposite per Selbstorganisation und Sol-Gel-Chemie

Selbstorganisationsprozesse chemischer Bausteine sind die Basis fuer viele biologische Vorgaenge, zunehmend stossen sie auch auf Interesse im Bereich der Materialsynthese. Beispielsweise um hochgeordnete Nanokomposite oder hochporoese Materialien mit besonderen Eigenschaften herzustellen. Forscher stellen nun einen neuartigen, sehr vielseitigen Ansatz vor, mit dem die Synthese einer neuen Familie bioorganisch-anorganischer Nanoverbundmaterialien im grossen Massstab gelingt - mit bisher unerreichter Kontrolle ueber die Beschaffenheit und Struktur der Produkte.

Posted: Oct 26th, 2010

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Honey, I shrunk the synchrotron

If you say 'synchrotron' to most scientists, they will picture an immense, highly expensive and rather rare facility designed to produce highly intense beams of light, such as the UK's Diamond Light Source that boasts a 500 metre circumference and cost GBP 263 million (EUR 297 million) to build. However, that could soon change, as EU-funded scientists have created a table-top device capable of producing synchrotron X-rays that are as intense as those produced by some of the world's largest X-ray facilities.

Posted: Oct 26th, 2010

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