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Extreme darkness: Carbon nanotube forest covers ultra-dark detector

Harnessing darkness for practical use, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a laser power detector coated with the world's darkest material - a forest of carbon nanotubes that reflects almost no light across the visible and part of the infrared spectrum.

Posted: Aug 18th, 2010

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Multifunctional nanoparticle enables new type of biological imaging

Spotting a single cancerous cell that has broken free from a tumor and is traveling through the bloodstream to colonize a new organ might seem like finding a needle in a haystack. But a new imaging technique from the University of Washington is a first step toward making this possible.

Posted: Aug 17th, 2010

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Porous silica nanoparticles deliver anticancer therapy

In cancer research, nanotechnology holds great promise for the development of targeted, localized delivery of anticancer drugs, in which only cancer cells are affected. By carrying out comprehensive studies on mice with human tumors, scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles, have obtained results that move the research one step closer to this goal.

Posted: Aug 17th, 2010

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Nanosensors detect signs of cancer in human breath

With a single breath, a Breathalyzer can tell a police officer when a driver has had too much to drink. Now, thanks to a team of investigators at the Israel Institute of Technology, a single breath may be enough to tell a doctor that their patient has cancer.

Posted: Aug 17th, 2010

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Major hurdle cleared for organic solar cells

Researchers demonstrate enhanced performance of a hybrid photovoltaic device, where poly[3-hexylthiophene] (P3HT) is used as active material and a solution-processed thin flat film of ZnO modified by a self-assembled monolayer (SAM) of phenyl-C61-butyric acid (PCBA) is used as electron extracting electrode.

Posted: Aug 17th, 2010

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