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Scientists create nano-size packets of genetic code aimed at brain cancer 'seed' cells

In a proof-of-concept study, scientists say they have successfully delivered nano-size packets of genetic code called microRNAs to treat human brain tumors implanted in mice. The contents of the super-small containers were designed to target cancer stem cells, a kind of cellular 'seed' that produces countless progeny and is a relentless barrier to ridding the brain of malignant cells.

Jul 12th, 2018

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Hot nanoparticles produce giant and explosive bubbles

When gold nano particles in water are illuminated by a laser, they get very hot: well above the boiling point of water. The formation of vapour bubbles caused by this, is well-known. New experiments, however, using a very high speed camera, now show that before this, a bubble is formed that is much larger and, subsequently, explodes violently.

Jul 12th, 2018

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Wall of sound

Scientists have been using sound to levitate small objects for 30 years, but researchers have improved upon this container-free approach. They have found a way to enable experiments that use less material, decreasing costs and opening the door to new research.

Jul 11th, 2018

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