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Beryllium: A metal of high potential

On KIT Campus North, a beryllium handling laboratory has now been established by the company of Goraieb Versuchstechnik in cooperation with KIT, which is unique in Europe.

Posted: Nov 18th, 2009

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Erforschung des Magnetismus im Nanokosmos bekommt 10 Millionen Euro

An der Uni Hamburg, wo die Erforschung des Nanomagnetismus seit vielen Jahren einen herausragenden Forschungsschwerpunkt darstellt, hat die Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft bereits 2006 den erfolgreichen Sonderforschungsbereich (SFB) 668 mit dem Thema 'Magnetismus vom Einzelatom zur Nanostruktur' eingerichtet. Jetzt wurde die Fortsetzung des SFB 668 fuer zunaechst vier weitere Jahre mit einem Forschungsetat von ca. 10 Millionen Euro bewilligt.

Posted: Nov 18th, 2009

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Illumination activates compounds with therapeutic potential

Researchers describe a new type of molecule that activates so-called voltage-gated potassium channels when exposed to light of a certain color. These molecules could have therapeutic potential in the treatment of some forms of blindness and other diseases.

Posted: Nov 18th, 2009

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Dauerausstellung Nanotechnologie im neuen 'Zentrum Neue Technologien' im Deutschen Museum

Auf einer Flaeche von 2400 Quadratmetern bietet das ZNT eine flexible, interdisziplinaere und interaktive Plattform fuer aktuelle Themen aus Naturwissenschaft und Technik. Rund um die Dauerausstellung zur Nano- und Biotechnologie gruppieren sich Praesentationen der Partner aus Industrie, Wissenschaft und Forschung, ein Veranstaltungsforum, Sonderausstellungen zu neuen Materialien, Robotik und Wellenkraftwerken.

Posted: Nov 18th, 2009

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Detecting the undetectable in prostate cancer testing

A team of Northwestern University researchers, using an extremely sensitive nanotechnology-based tool known as the biobarcode system, has detected previously undetectable levels of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in patients who have undergone radical prostatectomy.

Posted: Nov 17th, 2009

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A tiny cage of gold responds to light, opening to empty its contents

Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have developed a polymer-coated gold nanocage that not only opens in response to light to release a small amount of a drug payload, but then closes when the light is turned off, leaving this nanodevice ready to deliver another dose of drug on command.

Posted: Nov 17th, 2009

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When it comes to drug delivery, size matters

Scientists have developed a mathematical model that predicts the magnitude and specificity of tumor uptake of drug delivery vehicles ranging in size from small peptides to large liposomes.

Posted: Nov 17th, 2009

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