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Nanogels offer new way to attack lupus

Scientists at Yale University have designed and tested a drug delivery system that shows early promise for improved treatment of lupus and other chronic, uncured autoimmune diseases, such as multiple sclerosis and Type 1 diabetes.

Posted: Mar 1st, 2013

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Osmotic flow through boron nitride nanotubes generates huge electric currents

The salinity difference between fresh water and salt water could be a source of renewable energy. However, power yields from existing techniques are not high enough to make them viable. A solution to this problem may now have been found. Researchers have discovered a new means of harnessing this energy: osmotic flow through boron nitride nanotubes generates huge electric currents, with 1,000 times the efficiency of any previous system.

Posted: Mar 1st, 2013

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Turbulence in a crystal

Scientist observe the impact of subtle changes in the electron distribution of a crystal on its atomic structure on ultrashort time scales.

Posted: Mar 1st, 2013

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Pour, shake and stir

A diagnostic 'cocktail', containing a single drop of blood, a dribble of water and a dose of DNA powder with gold particles, could one day lead to the treatment of the world's leading diseases.

Posted: Mar 1st, 2013

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Trackable drug-filled nanoparticles - a potential weapon against cancer

Nanoparticles filled with a drug could be a new tool for treating cancer in the future. A new study shows how such nanoparticles can be combined to secure the effective delivery of cancer drugs to tumour cells - and how they can be given properties to make them visible in MR scanners and thus rendered trackable.

Posted: Feb 28th, 2013

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Researchers show that lipid nanoparticles are ideal for delivering genes and drugs

At the Faculty of Pharmacy of the Basque Public University, the Pharmacokinetics, Nanotechnology and Gene Therapy research team is using nanotechnology to develop new formulations that can be applied to drugs and gene therapy. Specifically, they are using nanoparticles to design systems for delivering genes and drugs; this helps to get the genes and drugs tothe point of action so that they can produce the desired effect.

Posted: Feb 28th, 2013

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Atoms with quantum memory

Order tends towards disorder. This is also true for quantum states. Measurements at the Vienna University of Technology show that in quantum mechanics this transition can be quite different from what we experience in our daily lives.

Posted: Feb 28th, 2013

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