Researchers in Australia report development of a new type of gold nanoparticle that destroys the parasite responsible for toxoplasmosis, a potentially serious disease acquired by handling the feces of infected cats or eating undercooked meat.
Nine talented life scientists will receive the 2007 EMBO Installation Grants, assisting them to relocate and set up their research groups in Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Portugal and Turkey. These nine scientists are the second group of awardees since the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) introduced the scheme in 2006.
The Financial Times of London today carries an opinion piece by two Deloitte consultants about how nanotechnology, notwithstanding valid risks concerns, could turn out to have an important role in healing, not harming the planet.
Three Canadian cities - Edmonton, AB, Vancouver, BC, and Fredericton, NB - have been named among the world's 21 smartest communities as the result of their smart and sensitive use of technology to foster socioeconomic progress.
On January 1, 2008 the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) will establish ten new Collaborative Research Centers, which will receive a total of 74.4 million euros in funding over the next four years.
Jeroen Cornelissen of the Institute for Molecules and Materials at the Radboud University in the Netherlands has recently received EUR 1 million (approx. $2.9 million) from EURYI (European Young Investigator Awards).
Pratim Biswas at Washington University has shown that he can independently control the size of the nanoparticles that he makes while keeping their other properties the same. He's also shown with his technique that the nanoparticles can be made in large quantities in scalable systems, opening up the possibility for more applications and different techniques.
If plants need light to perform the photosynthesis essential to their survival, how do they protect themselves against too much light? A joint CEA-CNRS research team at the Saclay Institute of Biology and Technology is currently exploring this question, in collaboration with several other teams at universities in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.