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Nanoparticles working in harmony

A team of researchers from MIT, the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, and the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) has designed a new type of delivery system in which a first wave of nanoparticles hones in on the tumor, then calls in a much larger second wave that dispenses the cancer drug. This communication between nanoparticles, enabled by the body's own biochemistry, boosted drug delivery to tumors by more than 40-fold in a mouse study.

Posted: Jul 15th, 2011

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Polymeric nanoparticles attack head and neck cancer

Head and neck cancer, the sixth most common cancer in the world, has remained one of the more difficult malignancies to treat, and even when treatment is successful, patients suffer severely from the available therapies. Now, researchers at the University of Michigan have developed a tumor-targeted nanoparticle that delivers high doses of anticancer agents directly to head and neck tumors.

Posted: Jul 15th, 2011

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Graphite + water = the future of energy storage

A combination of two ordinary materials - graphite and water - could produce energy storage systems that perform on par with lithium ion batteries, but recharge in a matter of seconds and have an almost indefinite lifespan.

Posted: Jul 15th, 2011

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Conducting energy on a nanoscale

Researchers demonstrated how semiconductor nanocrystals can be doped in order to change their electronic properties and be used as conductors. This opens a world of possibilities in terms of applications of small electronic and electro-optical devices, such as diodes and photodiodes, electric components used in cellular phones, digital cameras, and solar panels.

Posted: Jul 15th, 2011

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