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A nanotechnology formulation for glaucoma

Researchers have developed a nanocarrier with the capability of sustained release for ocular indications. Specifically, the developed nanocarrier demonstrated sustained efficacy and proved to be well tolerated in a diseased nonhuman primate model, making it a prime sustained-release nanomedicine candidate for glaucoma therapy.

Posted: Jan 10th, 2014

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Peering into interfacial water

New work opens up the possibility of determining the detailed topology of H-bonded networks at water/solid interfaces with atomic precision, which is only possible through theoretical simulations in the past.

Posted: Jan 10th, 2014

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Researchers succeed in making a graphene structure with a 3D strutted framework

A research group of the NIMS International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (MANA) succeeded for the first time in the world in making products with a structure wherein ultrathin graphene is glued to a 3D strutted framework. This was achieved by a novel and unique method inspired by the blown sugar art, which can be called the 'chemical blowing method'.

Posted: Jan 10th, 2014

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New study helps lay out theory for metamaterials that act as an analog computer

A new study shows that metamaterials can be designed to do "photonic calculus" as a light wave goes through them. A light wave, when described in terms of space and time, has a profile that can be thought of as a curve on a Cartesian plane. This theoretical material can perform a specific mathematical operation on that wave's profile, such as finding its derivative, as the light wave passes through the material.

Posted: Jan 9th, 2014

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Microfluidic chips enables improved detection of circulating tumor cells

Researchers work to create a chip that can sort circulating tumor cells (CTS), which break off tumors into the bloodstream and are responsible for metastasis, from other types of cells found in the blood. Detection of CTS can play an important role in early diagnosis, characterization of cancer subtypes, and treatment monitoring.

Posted: Jan 9th, 2014

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Extraordinary nanosensors pushed to their boundaries

A new step is being taken in the development of ultra-stable sensors of small forces. EPFL researchers have found a way to eradicate external perturbations from interfering with their state-of-the art optomechanical measurement systems.

Posted: Jan 9th, 2014

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Quantum mechanics explains efficiency of photosynthesis

Light-gathering macromolecules in plant cells transfer energy by taking advantage of molecular vibrations whose physical descriptions have no equivalents in classical physics, according to the first unambiguous theoretical evidence of quantum effects in photosynthesis.

Posted: Jan 9th, 2014

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