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Tiny electronically active chemicals can be made to form ordered layers on a surface, thanks to research supported by the European Science Foundation (ESF) through the EUROCORES program SONS 2 (Self-Organised NanoStructures).

Posted: Jul 10th, 2008

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Unusual terrace-like nanoscale mound formation

Terrace-like elevations of just a few nanometres can form during production of organic thin films made from electrically conductive material. This phenomenon was previously only known from inorganic materials and is crucially important for future production of a new generation of semi-conductor components based on organic thin films.

Posted: Jul 9th, 2008

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Nanocantilevers image nanoparticles in cells

Borrowing from a Nobel Prize-winning technique credited with starting the nanotechnology revolution, a team of researchers has developed a method for imaging nanoparticles inside of cells.

Posted: Jul 9th, 2008

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Nanoparticles detect telomerase activity

Researchers have developed a new type of nanoparticle-based assay for measuring the activity of Telomerase that appears to be both accurate and sensitive enough for clinical use.

Posted: Jul 9th, 2008

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Using quantum dots to stop genes in their tracks

More than 15 years ago, scientists discovered a way to stop a particular gene in its tracks. The Nobel Prize-winning finding holds tantalizing promise for medical science, but so far it has been difficult to apply the technique, known as RNA interference, in living cells. Now scientists have succeeded in using quantum dots to address this problem.

Posted: Jul 9th, 2008

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