In search of a definitive conclusion on the potential risks, the EU funded PROSUITE project has been set up to analyse the environmental impact of nanosilver released from sports T-shirts during their entire life cycle, from raw material extraction to end-of-life disposal.
Researchers have developed and tested a solar-powered nano filter that is able to remove harmful carcinogens and antibiotics from water sources - lakes and rivers - at a significantly higher rate than the currently used filtering technology made of activated carbon.
New research reveals that pure gold nanoparticles found in everyday items such as personal care products, as well as drug delivery, MRI contrast agents and solar cells can inhibit adipose (fat) storage and lead to accelerated aging and wrinkling, slowed wound healing and the onset of diabetes.
In a scientific two-for-one deal, Cornell researchers have created compartment nanoparticles that may carry two or more different drugs to the same target. Meanwhile, the same technology gets applied to fuel cells, where catalysts may be formed into porous structures to expose more surface area.
Sales of chicken products in China plummeted recently during an outbreak of a deadly new strain of bird flu. From bird flu to mad cow disease, numerous food scares have made global headlines in recent years. A technique developed by University of Missouri Professor of Engineering Shubhra Gangopadhyay's group may make food contamination testing more rapid and accurate. The detection test also could accelerate warnings after bioterrorism attacks.
An advanced nanofocusing optic dubbed multilayer Laue lens is being developed by the optics fabrication group at Brookhaven National Laboratory's National Synchrotron Light Source II for nanoscale imaging.
An Indiana University School of Medicine breast cancer surgeon is pursuing research that will utilize glass, gold, nanotechnology and Greek mythology hoping to vanquish breast cancer that has metastasized to the brain.
The goal of INFINITEX (the Spanish acronym for Research into New Functions and Incorporated Intelligence in Textiles) project is to provide a boost to a national value chain for working with high added value functional and intelligent fabrics, as well as increasing their functions performances in terms of protection and comfort.
Researchers have created a simpler, greener bottom-up method that replaces some of the carbon atoms with boron and nitrogen. This enables them to 'grow' graphene-like honeycomb lattices, simply by exposing the compounds to light.