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Gel filled with nanosponges cleans up MRSA infections

Nanoengineers developed a gel filled with toxin-absorbing nanosponges that could lead to an effective treatment for skin and wound infections caused by MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), an antibiotic-resistant bacteria. This nanosponge-hydrogel minimized the growth of skin lesions on mice infected with MRSA - without the use of antibiotics.

Posted: May 18th, 2015

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Exploring a new frontier of cyber-physical systems: The human body

A team of leading computer scientists, roboticists and biologists have come together to develop a system that combines the capabilities of nanoscale robots with specially designed synthetic organisms. Together, they believe this hybrid 'bio-CPS' will be capable of performing heretofore impossible functions, from microscopic assembly to cell sensing within the body.

Posted: May 15th, 2015

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Random nanowire configurations increase conductivity over heavily ordered configurations

Researchers have identified for the first time that a performance gain in the electrical conductivity of random metal nanowire networks can be achieved by slightly restricting nanowire orientation. The most surprising result of the study is that heavily ordered configurations do not outperform configurations with some degree of randomness; randomness in the case of metal nanowire orientations acts to increase conductivity.

Posted: May 15th, 2015

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Within colors of bees and butterflies, an optical engineer's dream is realized

Rersearchers used used high-intensity X-rays to investigate color-producing nanostructures within hair-like structures that cover some species of butterflies, weevils and beetles, bees, and spiders and tarantulas. They found that the architecture of these nanostructures are identical to chemical polymers engineered by chemists and materials scientists.

Posted: May 15th, 2015

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A sweat nanosensor assesses your health

Made from state-of-the-art silicon transistors, an ultra-low power sensor enables real-time scanning of the contents of liquids such as perspiration. Compatible with advanced electronics, this technology boasts exceptional accuracy - enough to manufacture mobile sensors that monitor health.

Posted: May 15th, 2015

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New shortcut to solar cells

Scientists have found a way to simplify the manufacture of solar cells by using the top electrode as the catalyst that turns plain silicon into valuable black silicon.

Posted: May 13th, 2015

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