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'Green' cars could be made from pineapples and bananas

Your next new car hopefully won't be a lemon. But it could be a pineapple or a banana. That's because scientists in Brazil have developed a more effective way to use fibers from these and other plants in a new generation of automotive plastics that are stronger, lighter, and more eco-friendly than plastics now in use.

Mar 28th, 2011

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Debut of the first practical 'artificial leaf'

Speaking at the 241st National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, researchers described an advanced solar cell the size of a poker card that mimics the process, called photosynthesis, that green plants use to convert sunlight and water into energy.

Mar 27th, 2011

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Therapeutic nanoparticles targeted to radiation treated tumors

Radiation and chemotherapy are common partners in anticancer therapy for solid tumors, but too often, the combined side effects associated with each mode of therapy can limit how aggressively oncologists can treat their patients. Now, a team of investigators from Vanderbilt University and Washington University in St. Louis, has developed a nanoparticle that only targets irradiated tumors, offering the potential for reducing chemotherapy-associated toxicities and increasing the effectiveness of combination therapy.

Mar 26th, 2011

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Hand-held NMR instrument yields rapid analysis of human tumors

Using a handheld molecular imaging device in combination with magnetic nanoparticles and a smartphone, a team of investigators from the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School has developed a fast, portable and potentially inexpensive method of detecting cancer from human biopsy samples.

Mar 26th, 2011

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Major advance in understanding how nanowires form

New insights into why and how nanowires take the form they do will have profound implications for the development of future electronic components. PhD student Peter Krogstrup from the Nano-Science Center at the University of Copenhagen is behind the sensational new theoretical model, which is developed in collaboration with researchers from CINAM-CNRS in Marseille.

Mar 25th, 2011

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