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A peek into the future of cell imaging

The imaging tools developed so far by the European ENCITE project should improve monitoring of cell therapy and improve the understanding of the fate of transplanted cells and the mechanism of action of cell-based therapies. Using the knowledge obtained in these studies, tools and treatment strategies can be further optimised to reap the full benefit of cell-based therapies.

Posted: Aug 26th, 2010

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Secrets of the gecko foot help robot climb

The science behind gecko toes holds the answer to a dry adhesive that provides an ideal grip for robot feet. Stanford mechanical engineer Mark Cutkosky is using the new material, based on the structure of a gecko foot, to keep his robots climbing.

Posted: Aug 26th, 2010

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Medicine reaches its target with the help of magnets

If a drug can be guided to the right place in the body, the treatment is more effective and there are fewer side-effects. Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have now developed magnetic nanoparticles that can be directed to metallic implants such as artificial knee joints, hip joints and stents in the coronary arteries.

Posted: Aug 26th, 2010

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Trouble with sputter? Blame giant nanoparticles

Researchers have found an explanation why sometimes sputter deposition based coatings peel off or the product bends in on itself and cracks, as if the film was stretched tight before it was applied to the surface.

Posted: Aug 25th, 2010

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Microneedle, quantum dot study opens door to new clinical cancer tools

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed extremely small microneedles that can be used to deliver medically-relevant nanoscale dyes called quantum dots into skin - an advance that opens the door to new techniques for diagnosing and treating a variety of medical conditions, including skin cancer.

Posted: Aug 25th, 2010

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