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Azaya licenses University of Texas nanotechnology to develop cancer treatment

A drug delivery system the size of a millionth of a centimeter could hold the key to more effective treatments of cancerous tumors. San Antonio researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center and homegrown biotech firm Azaya Therapeutics Inc. have teamed up to test the new technology in humans and to bring it to the market.

Posted: Sep 4th, 2008

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New $18.5 m projects seeks to develop biodegradable metal implant devices

The devices will be designed to adapt to physical changes in a patient's body and dissolve once they have healed, reducing the follow-up surgeries and potential complications of major orthopedic, craniofacial, and cardiovascular procedures and sparing millions of patients worldwide added pain and medical expenses.

Posted: Sep 4th, 2008

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Do 68 molecules hold the key to understanding disease?

Why is it that the origins of many serious diseases remain a mystery? In considering that question, a scientist at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine has come up with a unified molecular view of the indivisible unit of life, the cell, which may provide an answer.

Posted: Sep 4th, 2008

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Vintage of rare wines authenticated by high energy ion beam

Just like works of art, wine is now being subjected to advanced testing to establish its authenticity: after measuring caesium 137 radioactivity levels to test the age of the wine, the glass in vintage wine bottles is now being tested by particle acceleration.

Posted: Sep 4th, 2008

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EU FP7 call for proposal on nanotechnology use for developing biorefineries

The European Commission has published a number of calls for proposals under the specific programmes Cooperation and Capacities of the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). One of them is a 'Biorefinery' joint call (two sections), including energy; environment (including climate change); food, agriculture and fisheries, and biotechnology; and nanosciences, nanotechnology, materials and new production technologies.

Posted: Sep 3rd, 2008

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Novel microscope technology uses helium ions instead of electrons

This new microscope technology uses helium ions to generate the signal used to image extremely small objects, a technique analogous to the scanning electron microscope, which was first introduced commercially in the 1960s. Paradoxically, although helium ions are far larger than electrons, they can provide higher resolution images with higher contrast.

Posted: Sep 3rd, 2008

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Tweaking organic semiconductors to control stacking order

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Seoul National University (SNU) have learned how to tweak a new class of polymer-based semiconductors to better control the location and alignment of the components of the blend.

Posted: Sep 3rd, 2008

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