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Small is big during NanoDays

April 2008 witnesses the launch of two efforts--with major funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF)--that are intended to promote understanding of nanotechnology among the general public.

Posted: Apr 1st, 2008

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Researchers design nanomachine that kills cancer cells

Researchers from the Nano Machine Center at the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA have developed a novel type of nanomachine that can capture and store anticancer drugs inside tiny pores and release them into cancer cells in response to light.

Posted: Apr 1st, 2008

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Nano-softball made of DNA

For quite some time, DNA, the stuff our genes are made of, has also been considered the building material of choice for nanoscale objects. A team in Germany has now made a dodecahedron (a geometric shape with twelve surfaces) from DNA building blocks.

Posted: Apr 1st, 2008

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Researchers develop tool that 'sees' internal body details 1,000 times smaller

Doctors' quest to see what is happening inside a living body has been hampered by the limits on detecting tiny components of internal structures and events. Now a team of Stanford University School of Medicine researchers has developed a new type of imaging system that can illuminate tumors in living subjects-getting pictures with a precision of nearly one-trillionth of a meter.

Posted: Mar 31st, 2008

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