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X-rays in a new light

The SPring-8 synchrotron opens the door to study the nonlinear interaction of high-intensity x-rays with matter.

Posted: Mar 12th, 2010

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Nanotechnology-based drug-delivery research shows early promise

Northeastern University pharmaceutical sciences professor Mansoor Amiji is leading interdisciplinary research into nanotechnology-based methods of drug delivery that could provide breakthroughs in treating diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer's, schizophrenia and HIV/AIDS.

Posted: Mar 12th, 2010

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Researchers discover how electricity moves through cells

Researchers at the University of Minnesota have created a molecular image of a system that moves electrons between proteins in cells. The achievement is a breakthrough for biology and could provide insights to minimize energy loss in other systems, from nanoscale devices to moving electricity around the country.

Posted: Mar 11th, 2010

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New imaging technology brings trace chemicals into focus

Arizona State Univeristy scientist N.J. Tao and his colleagues at the Biodesign Institute have hit on a new, versatile method to significantly improve the detection of trace chemicals important in such areas as national security, human health and the environment.

Posted: Mar 11th, 2010

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Scientists find new way to get physical in the fight against cancer

Conventional biological wisdom holds that living cells interact with their environment through an elaborate network of chemical signals. As a result many therapies for the treatment of cancer and other diseases in which cell behavior goes awry focus on drugs that block or disrupt harmful chemical signals. Now, a new road for future therapies may have been opened with scientific evidence for a never seen before way in which cells can also sense and respond to physical forces.

Posted: Mar 11th, 2010

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Quantum dots spotlight DNA-repair proteins in motion

Repair proteins appear to efficiently scan the genome for errors by jumping like fleas between DNA molecules, sliding along the strands, and perhaps pausing at suspicious spots, say researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Essex and the University of Vermont who tagged the proteins with quantum dots to watch the action unfold.

Posted: Mar 11th, 2010

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PEGylated Dendrimers: a novel mechanism of drug delivery

Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Science (MIPS) researchers, in collaboration with the biotechnology company Starpharma Holdings Ltd have developed a new method to deliver medications that may benefit thousands of patients with particular types of cancer, HIV and lymphatic conditions world-wide.

Posted: Mar 11th, 2010

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CU-Boulder laboratory to host public events for NanoDays April 2-3

The Colorado Nanofabrication Laboratory at the University of Colorado at Boulder will host a symposium April 2 and a program of interactive, family-oriented outreach activities April 3 as part of NanoDays"2010, the third annual nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering.

Posted: Mar 11th, 2010

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