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Clemson researchers advance nano-scale electromechanical sensors

Clemson physics professor Apparao Rao and his team are researching nano-scale cantilevers that have the potential to read and alert us to toxic chemicals or gases in the air. Put them into a small handheld device and the potential is there for real-time chemical alerts in battle, in industry, in health care and even at home.

Posted: Nov 11th, 2008

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EPFL launches Center for Neuroprostheses

EPFL announces the creation of a large world-class center of neuroprostheses, in partnership with the Bertarelli Foundation and the Defitech Foundation. This Lausanne-based pioneering facility, to be inaugurated in January, 2009.

Posted: Nov 11th, 2008

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Taking data storage to the molecular level

Researchers at The University of Nottingham are exploring ways of exploiting the unique properties of carbon nanotubes to create a cheap and compact memory cell that uses little power and writes information at high speeds.

Posted: Nov 11th, 2008

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Nanotechnology for stent coating promises improved post-op performance

A nanomatrix for stent coating designed at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) mimics natural endothelium, the substance that lines blood vessels, and promises the potential to prevent post-operative tissue scaring along the blood vessel wall, greatly reducing the possibility of future thrombosis, or blockage at the stent site.

Posted: Nov 10th, 2008

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New assassin cells detect HIV's many disguises

Researchers from the UK and US have engineered a white blood cell that is able to recognise immune-system-evading HIV-1 strains. The team's new 'assassin cells' may cripple the well-disguised virus, possibly slowing or preventing the onset of AIDS in infected individuals.

Posted: Nov 10th, 2008

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