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Surprising new way to kill cancer cells

Scientists have demonstrated that cancer cells - and not normal cells - can be killed by eliminating either the FAS receptor, also known as CD95, or its binding component, CD95 ligand.

Posted: Mar 21st, 2014

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New use for an old 'trouble maker'

A 'trouble maker' from a bygone method of glass production could find a new use as an optical diffuser in medical laser treatments, communications systems and household lighting.

Posted: Mar 21st, 2014

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Spintronic thermoelectric power generators

Imagine a computer so efficient that it can recycle its own waste heat to produce electricity. Researchers at the Nanostructured Materials Research Laboratory at the University of Utah have fabricated spintronics-based thin film devices which do just that, i.e. convert even minute waste heat into useful electricity.

Posted: Mar 21st, 2014

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A layered nanostructure held together by DNA

Dreaming up nanostructures that have desirable optical, electronic, or magnetic properties is one thing. Figuring out how to make them is another. A new strategy uses the binding properties of complementary strands of DNA to attach nanoparticles to each other and builds up a layered thin-film nanostructure through a series of controlled steps.

Posted: Mar 20th, 2014

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