Researchers have investigated using nanoparticles to deliver double-stranded ribonucleic acid, dsRNA - a molecule capable of specifically triggering gene silencing - into mosquito larvae through their food. By silencing particular genes, the dsRNA may kill the developing mosquitoes or make them more susceptible to pesticides.
With renewed attention being given to nuclear power, a UT Dallas nanomaterials researcher has snagged an $875,000 Department of Energy (DOE) grant to explore a means to boost power plant efficiency and reduce nuclear waste.
The objective of the Wear-a-BAN project (Unobtrusive wearable human to machine wireless interface) is to investigate and demonstrate ultra low-power wireless body-area-network technologies for enabling unobtrusive human to machine interfaces into market segments such as smart and interactive textiles, robotics for augmented reality assistance and rehabilitation and natural interfacing devices for video gaming.
Nanotechnologists at University of Twente's MESA+ research institute have developed a sensor that can detect anthrax spores. The invention is more sensitive and efficient than existing detection methods.
Dublin City University (DCU) has been awarded EUR23.8m in Cycle V PRTLI, following an announcement earlier today by An Taoiseach, Brian Cowen. All three DCU-led projects were successful in their bid for funding, with a further two, in which DCU are partners, also successful.
Researchers from Irish companies and higher education institutions won funding totalling 213 million euros for collaborative research projects in areas like ICT, health, nano-technology and energy from the largest European R+D funding programme ever, announced Minister Conor Lenihan TD.
A new vaccine-delivery patch based on hundreds of microscopic needles that dissolve into the skin could allow persons without medical training to painlessly administer vaccines - while providing improved immunization against diseases such as influenza.
A research team in Thailand has investigated the absorption and emission spectra of ultraviolet (UV) B blocking methoxy substituted cinnamates using the symmetry-adapted cluster configuration interaction method.