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Interdisciplinary research team developing novel drug detection technology

With the support of a $2.7 million Recovery Act grant from the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) an interdisciplinary team headed by Vanderbilt chemist John McLean and physicist John Wikswo will attempt to determine whether an individual's white blood cells retain chemical memories of exposure to drugs like cocaine and alcohol that can be read reliably and unambiguously.

Posted: Nov 10th, 2009

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New nanocrystalline diamond AFM probes overcome wear

Researchers at the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University have developed, characterized, and modeled a new kind of probe used in atomic force microscopy (AFM), which images, measures, and manipulates matter at the nanoscale.

Posted: Nov 10th, 2009

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EU consumer bodies launch nanotechnology consumer product inventory

Two European consumer organisations - the European Consumers' Organisation (BEUC) and the European consumer voice in standardisation (ANEC) - have jointly launched a first stab at a nanotechnology inventory to tell consumers which products on the EU market contain nanomaterials.

Posted: Nov 10th, 2009

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UK Advisory Committee on Hazardous Waste urges further studies on nanosilver in consumer products

The Advisory Committee on Hazardous Substances to the United Kingdom's Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), in a 'Report on Nanosilver' has recommended to British government agencies that they gather information about products containing nanosilver, saying that the information on both the hazards of and exposure to nanosilver is urgently required.

Posted: Nov 10th, 2009

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Upconversion significantly boosts solar cell efficiency

University of Sydney researchers Dr Tim Schmidt and Professor Max Crossley have come up with an ingenious low-cost device to harvest low energy photons, with the potential of significantly boosting the efficiency of conventional solar cells using a process called upconversion.

Posted: Nov 9th, 2009

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Nano bubble gum for enhancing drug delivery in gut

Tejal A. Desai (University of California, San Francisco) is looking at ways to enhance the oral availability of drugs by designing new delivery devices that will help their absorption in the gut, which she will present on November 12 at a meeting of the scientific society AVS in San Jose.

Posted: Nov 9th, 2009

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First Bose-Einstein condensation of strontium

In an international first, scientists from the Institute of Quantum Optics and Quantum Information (IQOQI) produced a Bose-Einstein condensate of the alkaline-earth element strontium, thus narrowly winning an international competition between many first-rate scientific groups.

Posted: Nov 9th, 2009

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Ideal shape for cancer therapy nanoparticle is a surfboard

Eric Shaqfeh studies blood at Stanford University, using computer models that simulate how the fluid and the cells it contains move around. On November 11 at a meeting of the scientific society AVS, he will present his latest unpublished findings from two studies.

Posted: Nov 9th, 2009

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