With the first Baby Boomer recently filing for Social Security, it is clear that more Americans will be living into their 80s and beyond. Responding to this trend, a new Penn State center will pursue interdisciplinary research that enhances independent living opportunities for older Americans in their homes and their communities and also fosters their physical, emotional and social well-being.
As a wide variety of nanoparticles continue to demonstrate their ability to improve the delivery of imaging agents and drugs to tumors, nanoparticle researchers have turned their attention to the challenge of systematically determining how a given nanoparticle's physical and chemical characteristics affect its ability to target tumors.
Researchers have created a technology based on stellar photometry software that provides more precise images of single molecules tagged with nanoprobes, particles specially designed to bind with a certain type of cell or molecule and illuminate when the target is found.
In an article featured on the cover of the March issue of Nature Nanotechnology, Mauro Ferrari of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, presented a proof-of-concept study on a new multistage delivery system for imaging and therapeutic applications.
Australian nanotechnology research and development has received a boost with the announcement that Australia's national facilities for nanoscale fabrication and characterisation are to work together closely for the benefit of all Australian researchers.
Researchers hoping to use carbon nanotubes for quantum computing - in which the spin of a single electron would represent a bit of data - may have to change their approaches, according to new Cornell research.
One day soon patients may spit in a cup, instead of bracing for a needle prick, when being tested for cancer, heart disease or diabetes. A major step in that direction is the cataloguing of the ?complete? salivary proteome, a set of proteins in human ductal saliva, identified by a consortium of three research teams.
Why do certain electronic components undergo spontaneous, irreversible breakdown? Why do certain mechanical parts, without any apparent wear, suffer failure? An initial, empirical answer to such questions has been provided by observations and measurements made by researchers.
In a finding that could provide controlled motion in futuristic nanomachines used for drug delivery, fuel cells, and other applications, researchers in Pennsylvania report that chemical signaling between synthetic microcapsules can trigger and direct movement of these capsules.
Making minute, molecular motors is the ultimate goal of the EU-funded SYNNANOMOTORS project, which was one of the winners of the Descartes Prize for Transnational Collaborative Research at the recent European Science Awards.