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Engineers develop cancer-targeting nanoprobe sensors

Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have created smart nanoprobes that may one day be used in the battle against cancer to selectively seek out and destroy tumor cells, as well as report back on the mission's status.

Posted: Jan 30th, 2010

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Engineers explore environmental concerns of nanotechnology

Linsey Marr and Peter Vikesland, faculty members in the Via Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech, are part of the national Center for the Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology (CEINT), funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 2008. Along with Michael Hochella, University Distinguished Professor of Geosciences, they represent Virginia Tech's efforts in a nine-member consortium awarded $14 million over five years, starting in 2008. Virginia Tech's portion is $1.75 million.

Posted: Jan 29th, 2010

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Neuronal microchip helps identify neurotoxins

Scientists from Dortmund/Germany have invented an analytical method for the rapid neurotoxicity screening. They grow neurons on a microchip and check for substances that inhibit the formation of a network between the cells.

Posted: Jan 29th, 2010

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A*STAR, EDB partner with Stanford University to nurture next-generation Asian leaders in medical device innovation

The Stanford University Biodesign Program is partnering with the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) to establish a new training program called Singapore-Stanford Biodesign. This program seeks to train the next generation of Asian leaders who can develop innovative medical devices to address Asia's growing healthcare needs.

Posted: Jan 29th, 2010

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Law, science center commemorates 25th anniversary with new name, programs

A quarter-century of academic study at the intersection of law and science was commemorated on Wednesday, Jan. 27, as the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law unveiled its new Center for Law, Science and Innovation and announced programs that will reinvent the law school's role in solving global technological challenges.

Posted: Jan 29th, 2010

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The DIAMOND project - a semiconductor's best friend?

A new EU-funded project is set to simplify life for Europe's semiconductor and electronics industries by making it easier to detect and correct errors. Called DIAMOND ('Diagnosis, error modelling and correction for reliable systems design'), the EUR 3.8 million, 3-year project is funded under the Information and communication technologies (ICT) Theme of the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).

Posted: Jan 28th, 2010

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Wyss Institute launches 'molecular origami' interactive feature

Molecular Origami is a process that allows researchers to build nano-sized structures out of DNA (or RNA). To help illustrate the basics of DNA origami, Harvard's Wyss Institute has created a Flash-based interactive feature that allows users to build virtual nanostructures by sequencing a simple, abstract representation of a DNA molecule and then allowing it to self assemble.

Posted: Jan 28th, 2010

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