Researchers have shown that spherical nucleic acids (SNAs) can be used as potent drugs to effectively train the immune system to fight disease, by either boosting or dampening the immune response. The initial treatment triggers a cell-specific immune response all over the body.
Today, the PETA International Science Consortium put out a request for proposals to identify facilities that can develop an in vitro test that, when used in an integrated approach, has the potential to replace the current test conducted on animals to assess the inhalation toxicity of nanomaterials.
Researchers have shown that the use of nanoparticles to carry antibiotics across biological barriers can be effective in treating lung infections. Doing so allows better delivery of the drug to the site of infection, and hence prevents the development of antibiotic resistance which may be caused by too large and continued doses of antibiotic.
In the eyes of physicists, magnetic molecules can be considered as nanoscale magnets. Remotely controlling the direction in which they rotate, like spinning tops, may intuitively be difficult to achieve. However, physicists have just demonstrated that it is theoretically possible to do so.
Researchers have demonstrated the first-ever recording of optically encoded audio onto a non-magnetic plasmonic nanostructure, opening the door to multiple uses in informational processing and archival storage.
Mother-of-pearl, the iridescent layer in the shells of some mollusks, inspired a study that will help scientists and engineers judge the ultimate strength, stiffness and toughness of composite materials for anything from nanoscale electronics to buildings.
A multiple miniaturized Scanning Probe Microscopy (MSPM) heads system, which can inspect and measure many sites in parallel, means an enhancement of throughput in order of more than 1000 times the single SPM throughput.
The PCATDES project, which aims to developed a photo-catalytic reactor capable of improving the current treatment of waste water generated by agricultural industries and fisheries, has reached its mid-point.