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Crossing the line: how aggressive cells invade the brain

A team of scientists from the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology, the University Medical Center Goettingen, and other institutes, has witnessed the movements of immune system cells 'live' under the microscope for the very first time.

Posted: Nov 5th, 2009

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NIH grant funds rapid saliva test using lab-on-a-chip

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded researchers in Rice University's new BioScience Research Collaborative (BRC) a $2 million Grand Opportunity (GO) grant to develop a fast, inexpensive test for oral cancer that a dentist could perform simply by using a brush to collect a small sample of cells from a patient's mouth.

Posted: Nov 5th, 2009

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Biosensor to help enlist cancer resistance fighters?

A powerful new biosensor developed by European researchers will help identify cells in the immune system that actively suppress tumour growth, then put them to use. Enlisting the patient's own immune system would be like sending reinforcements for resistance fighters.

Posted: Nov 5th, 2009

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Europe's 'Extreme light infrastructure' project gears up for launch

Can an intense laser rip photons into electron-positron pairs? Seeking to shed light on this burning question is the ELI ('Extreme light infrastructure') project, which received EUR 6 million in funding under the 'Infrastructures' Theme of the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).

Posted: Nov 5th, 2009

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An electron microscope with glasses

An electron microscope with glasses that correct the spherical aberration of the lens in order to achieve even higher resolution is currently being assembled at the Electron Microscopy Centre (EMEZ) at ETH Zurich.

Posted: Nov 5th, 2009

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US scholar: 'Don't choose clean tech winners too early'

In order to manage the huge task of transforming the current energy system to fit climate considerations, it is important to keep future ground-breaking technology options open while making early emission cuts by using energy more efficiently, says Franklin M. Orr, director of the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University.

Posted: Nov 4th, 2009

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Bacteria mix it up at the microscopic level

In studies of the motion of tiny swimming bacteria, scientists found that the microscopic organisms can stir fluids remarkably quickly and effectively. As a result, the bacterial flagella could act like tiny motors to mix chemicals in biomedical kits, among other applications.

Posted: Nov 4th, 2009

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