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A library of synthetic bio-membranes for use in nanomedicine, drug delivery

An international collaboration led by chemists and engineers from the University of Pennsylvania has prepared a library of synthetic biomaterials that mimic cellular membranes and that show promise in targeted delivery of cancer drugs, gene therapy, proteins, imaging and diagnostic agents and cosmetics safely to the body in the emerging field called nanomedicine.

Posted: May 20th, 2010

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Plasmonic promises: First observation of plasmarons in graphene

Scientists working at the Advanced Light Source (ALS) at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have discovered striking new details about the electronic structure of graphene, crystalline sheets of carbon just one atom thick. They found that composite particles called plasmarons play a vital role in determining graphene's properties.

Posted: May 20th, 2010

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First ever high resolution observations of DNA unfolding

After four years of fine-tuning an effective physical model and massive use of the supercomputer Mare Nostrum, researchers at IRB Barcelona and the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) have managed to produce the first realistic simulation of DNA opening at high resolution.

Posted: May 20th, 2010

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Understanding light-driven molecular switches

Light-driven molecular switches are already used in technical devices such as LCD displays and storage media. Full comprehension of the processes at a molecular scale is required to increase their efficiency, but this knowledge had not been available to date.

Posted: May 20th, 2010

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Light-control glass using nanoparticles with a gel electrolyte

Researchers have succeeded in producing gel electrolytes for use in a light-control glass device using nanoparticles of Prussian blue-type complexes. The light-control glass device is based on the electrochromism phenomenon, and its color can be controlled between blue and transparent states by application of an electric current.

Posted: May 20th, 2010

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