A team from the University's Schools of Biosciences and Physics and Astronomy have made a breakthrough in our understanding of proteins - the workhorse molecules of the cell and nature's very own nano machines.
Researchers have treated the protist microorganisms Paramecium caudatum and Tetrahymena thermophile as well as a murine macrophage cell line with nanodiamond particles in order to study the biocompatibility and the biolabeling properties of the nanomaterial.
Nanotechnologies that deliver fertilisers to plants offer promising ways of improving farm productivity while reducing the risk of water contamination. But the scientists behind a new Swiss-funded study caution that while the technology is still evolving, potential risks must be considered.
As the debate intensifies between those for and against nanotechnology, the Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development of the Parliamentary Assembly proposed this week that the Council of Europe should draw up legal standards which would be designed to protect citizens, while encouraging the potential beneficial use of nanotechnology.
The aim of the regular dialog with representatives from research institutes, labor unions, commerce, industry, churches as well as environmental and consumer organizations was to generate joint recommendations for improving transparency in communication about nanomaterials from manufacturers to consumers.
Researchers from the University of Illinois and Northwestern University have demonstrated tiny spheres that synchronize their movements as they self-assemble into a spinning microtube. Such in-motion structures, a blending of mathematics and materials science, could open a new class of technologies with applications in medicine, chemistry and engineering.
A new research published by the IRSST (Quebec Occupational Health and Safety Research Institute) developed a method for characterizing respirator and ventilation system filters at different air flow rates. This method could also apply to the evaluation of the effectiveness of porous protective clothing.
A field full of pyramids, but on a micro scale. Each of the pyramids hides a living cell. Thanks to 3D micro- and nanoscale fabrication, promising new applications can be found. One of them is applying the micro pyramids for cell research.