EPFL announces the creation of a large world-class center of neuroprostheses, in partnership with the Bertarelli Foundation and the Defitech Foundation. This Lausanne-based pioneering facility, to be inaugurated in January, 2009.
Researchers at The University of Nottingham are exploring ways of exploiting the unique properties of carbon nanotubes to create a cheap and compact memory cell that uses little power and writes information at high speeds.
A nanomatrix for stent coating designed at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) mimics natural endothelium, the substance that lines blood vessels, and promises the potential to prevent post-operative tissue scaring along the blood vessel wall, greatly reducing the possibility of future thrombosis, or blockage at the stent site.
Researchers from the UK and US have engineered a white blood cell that is able to recognise immune-system-evading HIV-1 strains. The team's new 'assassin cells' may cripple the well-disguised virus, possibly slowing or preventing the onset of AIDS in infected individuals.
Like water and ice cubes mixed in a glass, a group of organic compounds called lipids can coexist as liquid and solid in membranes. This patchiness in phospholipid membranes is fundamental to their use as biomolecules and biosensors.
Chemists at the University of Liverpool working with IOTA NanoSolutions have developed a new technology to produce nanoparticles of insoluble drugs that mimic the behavior and the effectiveness of dissolved drugs.
Researchers at Cornell University recently made a major breakthrough when they invented a method to test and demonstrate a long-held hypothesis that some very, very small metal particles work much better than others in various chemical processes such as converting chemical energy to electricity in fuel cells or reducing automobile pollution.
Researchers have developed a new type of small-scale electric power generator able to produce alternating current through the cyclical stretching and releasing of zinc oxide wires encapsulated in a flexible plastic substrate with two ends bonded.
As a special demonstration of co-operation from the Chinese side, a state park has been designated for nanotechnologies in the city of Suzhou, which will see developments in joint Russian-Chinese scientific research and experimental design works, production and commercialization of nanotechnology products.
Belgian scientists have discovered a new method to stop nanoparticles sticking together. The method will improve the use of nanoparticles in applications ranging from suncream to catalysis, they claim.