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First-of-its-kind self-assembled nanoparticle for targeted and triggered thermo-chemotherapy

Researchers have succeeded in designing and demonstrating the effectiveness of a first-of-its-kind, self assembled, multi-functional, near-infrared (NIR) responsive gold nanorods that can deliver a chemotherapy drug specifically targeted to cancer cells and selectively release the drug in response to an external beam of light while creating heat for synergistic thermo-chemo mediated anti-tumor efficacy.

Posted: Dec 13th, 2012

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Gold nanorods detect ovarian cancer, improve surgical removal in mice

Using gold nanorods that are visible using two different types of imaging techniques, researchers at the Stanford University Center for Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence and Translation (Stanford CCNE-T) have developed a promising new method that may be able to detect early stage ovarian cancer and help surgeons completely remove the detected tumor.

Posted: Dec 13th, 2012

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Multimode waveguides bring light around corners for compact photonic chips

Light is sometimes uncooperative. Among other things, it doesn't like to go around tight corners. Cornell and Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have a solution that could offer increased bandwidth for fiber-optic communication, both in long-haul transmission and in the dense traffic in large data centers.

Posted: Dec 13th, 2012

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Building better structural materials

Experimental work on nanocrystals under pressure has been limited by technical hurdles. But new capabilities using a technique called radial diamond anvil cell x-ray diffraction has opened the door to moving beyond computer modeling and into the lab.

Posted: Dec 13th, 2012

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Novel low-cost route to ultrathin platinum films

A research group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed a relatively simple, fast and effective method of depositing uniform, ultrathin layers of platinum atoms on a surface.

Posted: Dec 13th, 2012

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3-yr project to develop nanomagnets for use in a prototype electric motor

A VCU research team, led by Everett Carpenter Ph.D., associate professor of inorganic and materials chemistry and affiliate professor of chemical and life science engineering in the VCU College of Humanities and Sciences, has been selected to participate in the inaugural I-Corp at ARPA-E program to help academic scientists expand their focus in ways to transition technology from basic research to commercial applications.

Posted: Dec 13th, 2012

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Cutting light with a comb

Quantum physicists from ETH Zurich have discovered special properties in a laser, thanks to which portable devices can be built to analyse gases and liquids accurately and reliably in the future.

Posted: Dec 13th, 2012

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