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Bio-inspired and nanoscale integrated computing

Within the area of nanotechnology, the study of nanoscale and bio-inspired integrated computing has attracted major attention in recent years. This is the first book to specifically focus on the computing aspects of nanotechnology for engineers, computer engineers, and biomedical engineers who are interested in designing faster and denser computing architectures and algorithms.

Posted: Jun 29th, 2009

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Nano trojan horse to kill cancer cells

Australian researchers are set to begin human trials of a tiny nano-cell that acts as a "Trojan horse" against cancer cells, a breakthrough they say may curb the need for debilitating chemotherapy.

Posted: Jun 29th, 2009

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Laser-created temporal lens could lead to movies of molecular processes

A team at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has figured out a possible way to observe and record the behavior of matter at the molecular level. That ability could open the door to a wide range of applications in ultrafast electron microscopy used in a large array of scientific, medical and technological fields.

Posted: Jun 29th, 2009

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Weighing a single atom with carbon nanotubes

How can you weigh a single atom? European researchers have built an exquisite new device that can do just that. It may ultimately allow scientists to study the progress of chemical reactions, molecule by molecule.

Posted: Jun 29th, 2009

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Mathematical model predicts factors driving tumor invasion

Using a sophisticated mathematical model that relates a wide variety of biological variables to disease progression, a research team has shown that accounting for the shape and physical characteristics of the tumor margin and invasiveness of the tumor accurately predicts how a particular tumor will develop and metastasize.

Posted: Jun 27th, 2009

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Expanding quantum dot utility in cancer diagnosis and treatment

Quantum dots (QDs), nanoparticles that shine with extraordinary brightness when excited by light energy, have shown promise as new tools for detecting cancer at its earliest appearance, but concerns about potential toxicities have limited their clinical development. Researchers at the University of Buffalo may have found an answer to this limitation with their development of a new way to create QDs. Their work comes at an opportune time, because a team of investigators from the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) has shown that QDs can function as nanoscale thermometers to guide the numerous nanoparticle-based thermal therapies being developed to treat cancer.

Posted: Jun 27th, 2009

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Nanoscale 'fountain pen' draws therapeutic nanodiamonds

A research team at Northwestern University has developed a tool that can precisely deliver tiny doses of drug-carrying nanomaterials to individual cells. The tool, called the nanofountain probe, functions in two different ways. In one mode, the probe acts like a fountain pen with drug-coated nanodiamonds serving as the ink, allowing researchers to create devices by 'writing' with it. The second mode functions as a single-cell syringe, permitting direct injection of biomolecules or chemicals into individual cells.

Posted: Jun 27th, 2009

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Carbon nanotubes continue to show promise in battle against cancer

Carbon nanotubes, one of the original engineered nanomaterials, also may prove to be among the most versatile, as numerous teams of investigators continue to develop novel nanotube-based therapeutic and diagnostic tools. Over the past month, three new research papers have highlighted the potential of nanotubes as weapons against cancer.

Posted: Jun 27th, 2009

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