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Artificial collagen plays more than a supporting role in cell growth

Researchers at the Institute for NanoBioTechnology at Johns Hopkins University are discovering new properties and uses for a synthetic molecule that mimics collagen. When used with nanoparticles, this molecule, called collagen mimetic peptide (CMP) could produce detailed images of tumors, detect deadly buildup in arteries, deliver drugs, and improve blood supply to implanted tissues.

Posted: Aug 15th, 2008

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Nanobiotechnology training at Johns Hopkins: big selection for tiny science

Anyone interested in nanobiotechnology can confirm there?s still much to learn about this small scale science. Few know this better than the more than 30 students and fellows participating in nanobiotechnology related educational programs offered through the Institute for NanoBioTechnology (INBT) at Johns Hopkins University.

Posted: Aug 15th, 2008

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True properties of carbon nanotubes measured

Researchers at Northwestern University recently made the first experimental measurements of the mechanical properties of carbon nanotubes that directly correspond to the theoretical predictions.

Posted: Aug 15th, 2008

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Watching chemical reactions molecule by molecule

RIKEN scientists have developed a method to control and study a chemical reaction in a single molecule. The technique could eventually help to fabricate advanced electronic devices molecule by molecule.

Posted: Aug 15th, 2008

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Penetrating cell walls, carbon nanotubes kill cancer cells in mice

The new method has enabled the researchers to get a higher proportion of a given dose of medication into the tumor cells than is possible with the 'free' drug-that is, the one not bound to nanotubes-thus reducing the amount of medication that they need to inject into a subject to achieve the desired therapeutic effect.

Posted: Aug 14th, 2008

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Developing new high-performance energy storage units for hybrid vehicles

So far, hybrid technology has always had a storage problem. Scientists from three Fraunhofer Institutes are developing new storage modules in a project called 'Electromobility Fleet Test'. The pilot project was launched by Volkswagen and Germany's Federal Ministry for the Environment BMU together with seven other partners.

Posted: Aug 14th, 2008

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