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Sensitive detection of cancer biomarkers with magnetic nanotags

A team led by researchers at Stanford University and the University of California, Santa Cruz, has developed a compact prototype detector that uses magnetic nanotechnology to spot cancer-associated proteins in a human blood serum sample, with much higher sensitivity than current detectors.

Posted: Dec 23rd, 2008

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Integrated Blood-Barcode Chip enables cheap, fast blood tests

A new barcode chip developed by a multi-institutional team of investigators promises to revolutionize diagnostic medical testing. In less than 10 minutes and using just a pinprick?s worth of blood, the chip can measure the concentrations of dozens of proteins, including those that herald the presence of diseases such as cancer and heart disease.

Posted: Dec 23rd, 2008

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Uzi Landman at Georgia Tech honored with Humboldt Award

Uzi Landman, professor of physics at the Georgia Institute of Technology, is the recipient of a Humboldt Research Award for Senior U.S. Scientists. He will accept the award in June 2009 at the annual meeting of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, to be held in Berlin.

Posted: Dec 23rd, 2008

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Space elevator groups form new international consortium

A coalition of leaders in the Space Elevator movement today announced the formation of The International Space Elevator Consortium (ISEC), a new independent group designed to promote standards and foster research relating to the construction of an Elevator to Space at the global level.

Posted: Dec 22nd, 2008

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New paper systematically reviews carbon nanotube cytotoxicity

A new paper systematically reviews most of the experimental results reported in the literatures. The emphasis was placed on the examination of a variety of factors affecting CNTs cytotoxicity, including species of CNTs, impurities contained, lengths of CNTs, aspect ratios, chemical modification, and assaying methods of cytotoxicity

Posted: Dec 22nd, 2008

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Princeton researchers discover new type of laser

A Princeton-led team of researchers has discovered an entirely new mechanism for making common electronic materials emit laser beams. The finding could lead to lasers that operate more efficiently and at higher temperatures than existing devices, and find applications in environmental monitoring and medical diagnostics.

Posted: Dec 22nd, 2008

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