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Insect virus holds the key to safer stem cell therapy

Scientists at the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN), the world's first bioengineering and nanotechnology research institute, have developed a new genetic engineering technique that promises safer stem cell therapy for cancer patients.

Posted: Jul 28th, 2011

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Sun-free photovoltaics

Materials engineered to give off precisely tuned wavelengths of light when heated are key to new high-efficiency generating system.

Posted: Jul 28th, 2011

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A closer look at cells

Many substances and nutrients are exchanged across the cell membrane. EPFL scientists have developed a method to observe these exchanges, by taking a highly accurate count of the number of proteins found there.

Posted: Jul 27th, 2011

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DURIP grant to support nanoscale imaging

Dr. Eui-Hyeok Yang, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology, has been announced as a recipient of a Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) grant for 2011. This highly competitive award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) will enable the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment to support ongoing research in nanotechnology and nanoscale engineering.

Posted: Jul 27th, 2011

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Fuel cells rescued by batteries

Fuel cells were originally considered to be replacements for internal combustion engines used in traditional vehicles and replacements for traction batteries used in pure electric vehicles. Unfortunately, they have proved woefully incapable of efficiently and economically supporting the frequent load changes of vehicle traction. Thus building ever larger fuel cells was pursued from about 1991 to 2001 but it ended in tears. After that, better batteries, notably NiMH then Li-ion were able to take over even more of the work of traction.

Posted: Jul 27th, 2011

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Multifunctional nanotechnology tool simplifies design and study of nanostructures

Basic operations in the field of nanotechnology that are currently very difficult or impossible to perform can become easy with a new multi-nano tool called FIBLYS. Nanosized components in for example solar cells will be designed and studied in an entirely new way, which the researchers hope will increase the solar cells' energy output with up to 15 percent.

Posted: Jul 27th, 2011

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Artificial cilia spur new thinking in nanotechnology (w/video)

Due to the importance of ciliary functions for health, there is great interest in understanding the mechanism that controls the cilias' beating patterns. But learning exactly how cilia movement is coordinated has been challenging. That may be beginning to change as a result of the creation, by a team of Brandeis researchers, of artificial cilia-like structures that dramatically offers a new approach for cilia study.

Posted: Jul 27th, 2011

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Got flow cytometry? All you need is five bucks and a cell phone

Researchers at the BioPhotonics Laboratory at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have developed a compact, lightweight and cost-effective optofluidic platform that integrates imaging cytometry and florescent microscopy and can be attached to a cell phone. The resulting device can be used to rapidly image bodily fluids for cell counts or cell analysis.

Posted: Jul 26th, 2011

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