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Nerve cells grow on nanocellulose

Researchers from Chalmers and the University of Gothenburg have shown that nanocellulose stimulates the formation of neural networks. This is the first step toward creating a three-dimensional model of the brain. Such a model could elevate brain research to totally new levels, with regard to Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease, for example.

Mar 19th, 2012

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Exotic materials will change optics

Duke University engineers believe that continued advances in creating ever-more exotic and sophisticated man-made materials will greatly improve their ability to control light at will.

Mar 18th, 2012

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Graphene shows potential for modelling cell membrane systems

Graphene could play an important role in the modelling of cell membranes. For example, the lipid bilayer is the fundamental structure of cell membranes, and the structure and dynamic of bilayer membranes govern the transport of materials and information in and out of cells.

Mar 17th, 2012

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Ultracold experiments heat up quantum research

University of Chicago physicists have experimentally demonstrated, for the first time, that atoms chilled to temperatures near absolute zero may behave like seemingly unrelated natural systems of vastly different scales, offering potential insights into links between the atomic realm and deep questions of cosmology.

Mar 17th, 2012

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Summer schools on nanophotonics and nanoenergy

The DFG-Center for Functional Nanostructures (CFN) at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology has announced th dates for its two summer school events 2012. They will be held in the fields of nano-photonics (Sept. 10-13, 2012) and nano-energy (Sept. 14-17, 2012) - two main areas of research at the CFN.

Mar 16th, 2012

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Nanopills release drugs directly from the inside of cells

Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona researchers developed a new vehicle to release proteins with therapeutic effects. The vehicles are known as "bacteria inclusion bodies", stable insoluble nanoparticles which are found normally in recombinant bacteria.

Mar 16th, 2012

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Shrimp shell nanotechnology rescues skin

Nanoparticles containing chitosan have been shown to have effective antimicrobial activity against Staphylococcus saprophyticus and Escherichia coli. The materials could be used as a protective wound-healing material to avoid opportunistic infection as well as working to facilitate wound healing.

Mar 16th, 2012

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