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Scientists program the lifetime of self-assembled nanostructures

Researchers developed an aqueous system that uses a single starting point to induce self-assembly formation, whose stability is pre-programmed with a lifetime before disassembly occurs without any additional external signal - hence presenting an artificial self-regulation mechanism in closed conditions.

Apr 8th, 2015

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Researchers put safety of 'magic anti-cancer bullet' to test

Researchers have carried out the first systematic study analyzing the safety of so-called upconversion nanoparticles that may be used to treat skin cancer and other skin diseases. This study is one of the most important steps on the path to new, safe and effective methods to diagnose and treat cancer.

Apr 7th, 2015

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Sea sponge anchors are natural models of strength

Life may seem precarious for the sea sponge known as Venus' flower basket. Tiny, hair-like appendages made essentially of glass are all that hold the creatures to their seafloor homes. But fear not for these creatures of the deep. Those tiny lifelines, called basalia spicules, are fine-tuned for strength.

Apr 6th, 2015

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