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On-demand vaccines possible with engineered nanoparticles

University of Washington engineers hope a new type of vaccine they have shown to work in mice will one day make it cheaper and easy to manufacture on-demand vaccines for humans. Immunizations could be administered within minutes where and when a disease is breaking out.

Posted: Jan 7th, 2014

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Inverse design: New route to design a practical invisibility cloak

Invisibility has become a scientific possibility with the emergence of metamaterials and transformation optics in the past few years. A recent paper reviewed design methodologies and experimental developments of the invisibility cloak from a practical perspective. The recent transition from a forward cloaking design to inverse cloaking design was also addressed.

Posted: Jan 7th, 2014

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Nanoplasmonics: Towards efficient light harvesting

Recently, the emergence of a design strategy called transformation optics has provided a completely new way to control light on all length scales, opening new doors to many unprecedented optical functions. A new paper has reviewed the recent progress made using this revolutionary technology in the design of efficient plasmonic light-harvesting devices.

Posted: Jan 7th, 2014

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New nanotechnology therapeutics could soon fight influenza, other viruses

Newly emerging flu viruses could soon be countered by a treatment that Draper Laboratory is developing that 'traps' viruses before they can infect host cells. Further into the future, patients suffering from any type of virus could be cured with DRACO, a drug also under development at Draper that is designed to rapidly recognize and eliminate cells infected by virtually any virus.

Posted: Jan 7th, 2014

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In situ band-gap tuning of graphene oxide

A research group of the NIMS International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (MANA) succeeded in in-situ band-gap tuning which will be a key toward developing high-performance nanoscale devices using ultimately thin graphene oxide membranes.

Posted: Jan 7th, 2014

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Supercomputers join search for 'cheapium'

Researchers use brute force supercomputing to identify dozens of platinum-group alloys that were previously unknown to science but could prove beneficial in a wide range of applications.

Posted: Jan 3rd, 2014

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