A materials scientist has discovered a way to grow a crystal ball in a lab. Not the kind that soothsayers use to predict the future, but a microscopic version that could be used to encapsulate medication in a way that would allow it to deliver its curative payload more effectively inside the body.
This novel material is ideal for applications such as oil spill cleaning, heat insulation as well as packaging, and it can potentially be used as coating materials for drug delivery and as smart materials for various biomedical applications.
The next generation of electronics, as well as ultra-sensitive medical diagnostics, could depend on near atomic scale cracks - or nanogaps - in electrodes. Now, researchers have developed a method that could pave the way for mass production of nanogap electrodes.
Scientists have developed a new biosensor test system based on magnetic nanoparticles that is similar (in its principal) to a pregnancy test. This system is designed to provide highly accurate measurements of the concentration of protein molecules (e.g. markers, which indicate the onset or development of a disease) in various samples, including opaque solutions or strongly coloured liquids.