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Smart Spaces Center to research dynamic, independent living

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.

Posted: Mar 27th, 2008

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New nanoparticles for targeting tumors

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.

Posted: Mar 27th, 2008

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Astrotechnology brings nanoparticle probes into sharper focus

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.

Posted: Mar 27th, 2008

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Spit tests may soon replace many blood tests

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.

Posted: Mar 26th, 2008

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Nano cloth bags to keep campus green

Thammasat University in Thailand yesterday unveiled nanotechnology waterproof cloth bags which it hopes will replace plastic bags and create a green campus.

Posted: Mar 26th, 2008

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Chemical signaling may power nanomachines

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.

Posted: Mar 26th, 2008

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