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Metallic nanoshells shine light on cancer

Metallic nanoshells - super tiny spheres composed of layers of differing materials - allow light to safely penetrate deep within tissues to help diagnose or treat disease, says bioengineer Jennifer West.

Posted: Apr 3rd, 2008

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Cancer can't hide from light of nanobiophotonics

Paras Prasad, director of the Institute for Lasers, Photonics, and Biophotonics (ILPB) at the University at Buffalo, says there is much more to learn about the interaction of light with materials and its role in biomedical research.

Posted: Apr 3rd, 2008

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Nanoparticle clusters offer surprises for physical chemists

Extremely small scale materials behave differently than one might expect when they come into close proximity to one another. The principles of basic physical chemistry are not quite as clear cut as one might imagine. And it is these properties that inspire the research of Kit Bowen Jr., the E. Emmett Reid Professor of Chemistry at Johns Hopkins.

Posted: Apr 2nd, 2008

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Nanotechnology has super-sized effect on tumors

Anyone facing chemotherapy would welcome an advance promising to dramatically reduce their dose of these often harsh drugs. Using nanotechnology, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have taken a step closer to that goal.

Posted: Apr 2nd, 2008

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Nanotechnology brings ancient sarcophagus to life

With more than 20 full-size coloured reconstructions of important Greek and Roman works, 'Multicoloured Gods' breaks new ground as the first large-scale effort to recreate the original appearance of ancient sculpture. Starting off in Munich, the exhibition has toured major European cities and is now in the US.

Posted: Apr 2nd, 2008

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Bon MOT: Innovative atom trap catches highly magnetic atoms

A research team from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Maryland has succeeded in cooling atoms of a rare-earth element, erbium, to within two millionths of a degree of absolute zero using a novel trapping and laser cooling technique.

Posted: Apr 2nd, 2008

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