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Nanotechnology-based approach for protecting people from nerve gas

A veterinary pharmaco-toxicologist in the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech is leading a team that has been awarded almost $1 million from the National Institutes of Health to explore the development of a nanotechnology-based approach for protecting people from the deadly affects of nerve gases like Sarin, VX, and others that can be used as agents of terror.

Posted: Feb 17th, 2009

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Graphene's edge structure affects electronic properties

Graphene, a single-atom-thick sheet of carbon, holds remarkable promise for future nanoelectronics applications. Whether graphene actually cuts it in industry, however, depends upon how graphene is cut, say researchers at the University of Illinois.

Posted: Feb 15th, 2009

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Can food nanotechnology make junk food healthy?

The promise of nanotechnology, a Dutch scientist says, is it could allow re-engineering ingredients to bring healthy nutrients more efficiently to the body while allowing less-desirable components to pass on through.

Posted: Feb 14th, 2009

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Molecules self-assemble to provide new therapeutic treatments

Researchers in the laboratory of Samuel I. Stupp at Northwestern University have an interesting approach for tackling some major health problems: gather raw materials and then let them self-assemble into structures that can address a multitude of medical needs.

Posted: Feb 14th, 2009

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DARPA project in search for a better artificial nose

A few years ago, with funding from the Office of Naval Research, Eric Paterson, a senior research associate at Penn State?s Applied Research Lab and an associate professor of mechanical engineering, decided to go back to the source, studying the fundamental fluid mechanics and odorant transport of canine olfaction with the object of coming up with a better mechanical equivalent.

Posted: Feb 13th, 2009

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