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Cell membrane model studied as future diagnostic tool

Researchers have used a NIST-developed laboratory model of a simplified cell membrane to accurately detect and measure a protein associated with a serious gynecological disease, bacterial vaginosis, at extraordinarily low concentrations. The work illustrates how the artificial membrane could be used to improve disease diagnosis.

Posted: Jan 29th, 2014

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Learning more about piezoelectric

Though piezoelectrics are a widely used technology, there are major gaps in our understanding of how they work. Now researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Canada's Simon Fraser University believe they've learned why one of the main classes of these materials, known as relaxors, behaves in distinctly different ways from the rest and exhibit the largest piezoelectric effect.

Posted: Jan 29th, 2014

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Researchers take magnetic waves for a spin

Researchers at New York University have developed a method for creating and directing fast moving waves in magnetic fields that have the potential to enhance communication and information processing in computer chips and other consumer products.

Posted: Jan 29th, 2014

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The 2nd NanoSafety Cluster Newsletter is out now

This issue brings you news of the NanoTox 2014 Congress in Antalya in April, which inevitably has implications for current NSC activities, and so the Newsletter begins with the draft agenda for the NSC meeting to be held there.

Posted: Jan 29th, 2014

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Interfacing with the future

Breakthroughs in disease detection, tissue engineering, and biosensors take center stage at first workshop of the NYU School of Engineering's Institute for Engineered Interfaces.

Posted: Jan 29th, 2014

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Next generation of chiroptical nanomaterials?

Researchers have shown that free-base and nickel porphyrin-diaminopurine conjugates are formed by hydrogen-bond-directed assembly on single-stranded oligothymidine templates of different lengths into helical multiporphyrin nanoassemblies. The nanoassemblies have highly modular structural and chiroptical properties.

Posted: Jan 29th, 2014

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Deformation in detail

Molecular dynamics simulations reveal the mechanisms by which metal nanowires deform or break under strain.

Posted: Jan 29th, 2014

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