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New generation of piezoelectric actuators being developed

The development of a new generation of actuators has undergone tremendous progress. Cheaper piezo actuators resisting humidity, having fewer cracks and an extended lifetime may well become reality thanks to a close cooperation across borders between researchers, manufacturers and end-users.

Posted: Feb 2nd, 2010

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New adhesive device could let humans walk on walls

Could humans one day walk on walls, like Spider-Man? A palm-sized device invented at Cornell that uses water surface tension as an adhesive bond just might make it possible. The rapid adhesion mechanism could lead to such applications as shoes or gloves that stick and unstick to walls, or Post-it-like notes that can bear loads.

Posted: Feb 2nd, 2010

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New nanomaterial enables cartilage to do what it doesn't do naturally - grow

Northwestern University researchers are the first to design a bioactive nanomaterial that promotes the growth of new cartilage in vivo and without the use of expensive growth factors. Minimally invasive, the therapy activates the bone marrow stem cells and produces natural cartilage. No conventional therapy can do this.

Posted: Feb 1st, 2010

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Detecting cancer early with biofunctionalized nanoparticles

A new testing method is being developed to detect cancer soon after the tumor has formed. It will identify characteristic substances in the blood which accompany a certain type of tumor. The first steps in the development have already been completed.

Posted: Feb 1st, 2010

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Scientific symposium for nanomeasurement-driven research announced

Agilent Technologies Inc. has announced that the first Nano Measure Scientific Symposium (Nano Measure 2010) will take place June 3-4 at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. The two-day event will feature some of the most prestigious scientists presenting leading-edge, nanomeasurement-driven research.

Posted: Jan 30th, 2010

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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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