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Nanoscale velcro used for molecule transport

Scientists have discovered that proteins found within the nuclear pore function similar to a velcro. They report how these proteins can be used for controlled and selective transport of particles.

Posted: Jun 25th, 2014

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Glass-coated nanotechnology hip op

Using the stuff of sand, silicon dioxide, as a binding layer for replacement bone prosthetics could allow more biocompatible artificial joints to be manufactured as well as reducing the risk of post-operative infection.

Posted: Jun 24th, 2014

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Delivering drugs on cue with programmable nanomaterials

Current drug-delivery systems used to administer chemotherapy to cancer patients typically release a constant dose of the drug over time - but a new study challenges this 'slow and steady' approach and offers a novel way to locally deliver the drugs 'on demand'.

Posted: Jun 23rd, 2014

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Scientists use X-rays to look at how DNA protects itself from UV light

The molecular building blocks that make up DNA absorb ultraviolet light so strongly that sunlight should deactivate them - yet it does not. Now scientists have made detailed observations of a 'relaxation response' that protects these molecules, and the genetic information they encode, from UV damage.

Posted: Jun 23rd, 2014

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