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Novel cancer-targeting investigational nanoparticle receives FDA IND approval for human trial

Researchers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center's Nanotechnology Center, along with collaborators at Cornell University and Hybrid Silica Technologies, have received approval for their first Investigational New Drug Application (IND) from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for an ultrasmall silica inorganic nanoparticle platform for targeted molecular imaging of cancer, which may be useful for cancer treatment in the future.

Posted: Jan 31st, 2011

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Detecting lethal diseases with rust and sand

The next big thing in medical diagnostics could be minutes particles of rust, iron oxide, coated with the material from which sand is formed, silicon dioxide. These magnetic nanoparticles, a mere 29 to 230 nanometers across, can be used to trap antibodies to the virus that causes cervical cancer and to the bacteria that causes potentially lethal diarrhea.

Posted: Jan 31st, 2011

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The Universitat Jaume I leads the research on the use of nanotechnology in the search for alternative energies in Latin America

The Universitat Jaume I will lead the project 'Materiales y dispositivos de nanoescala para conversion y almacenamiento de energia' ("Nanoscale materials and devices for energy conversion and storage"). This three year long project has the main objective of promoting cooperation among countries in Latin America through the development of basic and applied research in various areas of nanotechnology in order to achieve clean energies such as photovoltaics, batteries, LED and a system to get fuel with sunlight.

Posted: Jan 31st, 2011

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Nanotechnology researchers kick off CENA project at imec

King Abdulaziz City of Science and Technology (KACST) signed agreement today with imec, a world-leading nanoelectronics research center headquartered in Belgium, to host researchers from KACST-INTEL consortium Center of Excellence in Nano-manufacturing Applications (CENA) at imec facilities in Belgium starting September 2011 for a period of three years.

Posted: Jan 31st, 2011

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Rice scientist recognized for stellar work on nanoparticles, cell membranes

The Welch Foundation awarded its prestigious Hackerman Award to Rice University scientist Jason Hafner '96, who was named this year's 'rising star' for his innovative chemical research. Hafner's discoveries include a new type of nanostructure called gold nanostars, which are proving useful for sensing, imaging and medicine, and the first method for measuring large electrical fields inside cell membranes.

Posted: Jan 29th, 2011

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A dash of disorder yields a very efficient photocatalyst

A little disorder goes a long way, especially when it comes to harnessing the sun's energy. Scientists from the Berkeley Lab jumbled the atomic structure of the surface layer of titanium dioxide nanocrystals, creating a catalyst that is both long lasting and more efficient than all other materials in using the sun's energy to extract hydrogen from water.

Posted: Jan 28th, 2011

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Touchscreens made of carbon nanotubes

Touchscreens are in - although the technology still has its price. The little screens contain rare and expensive elements. This is the reason why researchers at Fraunhofer are coming up with an alternative display made of low-priced renewable raw materials available all over the world. The researchers are presenting touchscreens that contain carbon nanotubes at the nano tech 2011 fair in Tokyo.

Posted: Jan 28th, 2011

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DNA caught rock 'n rollin'

DNA, that marvelous, twisty molecule of life, has an alter ego, research at the University of Michigan and the University of California, Irvine reveals. On rare occasions, its building blocks 'rock and roll', deforming the familiar double helix into a different shape.

Posted: Jan 28th, 2011

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