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Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2014 honors the principle of nanoscopy

For a long time optical microscopy was held back by a presumed limitation: that it would never obtain a better resolution than half the wavelength of light. Helped by fluorescent molecules the Nobel Laureates in Chemistry 2014 ingeniously circumvented this limitation. Their ground-breaking work has brought optical microscopy into the nanodimension.

Posted: Oct 8th, 2014

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Remotely controlling brain cells with nanoparticle-based radiogenetics

A proposal to develop a new way to remotely control brain cells is among the first to receive funding from the BRAIN initiative. The project will make use of a technique called radiogenetics that combines the use of radio waves or magnetic fields with nanoparticles to turn neurons on or off.

Posted: Oct 8th, 2014

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Nanotechnology could revolutionize treatment of eye conditions

Researchers developed novel nanoparticles that could attach to the cornea and resist the wash out effect for an extended period of time. If these nanoparticles are loaded with a drug, their longer attachment to the cornea will ensure more medicine penetrates the eye and improves drop treatment.

Posted: Oct 7th, 2014

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Researchers discuss the future of organic photovoltaic devices

Organic photovoltaic devices (OPVs) have major potential as a principal source of clean electricity for the future. However, the large-scale introduction of OPVs onto the market is currently limited by their stability. The StableNextSol Action aims to create a highly interdisciplinary network of academic and industry researchers to study the degradation mechanisms occurring in state-of-the-art OPVs.

Posted: Oct 7th, 2014

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