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Lipid-based nanocarriers for drug delivery

Scientists seeking to improve cancer treatments have created a tiny drug transporter that maximizes its ability to silence damaging genes by finding the equivalent of an expressway into a target cell.

Posted: Jul 26th, 2011

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Storing quantum information permanently

Storing quantum information correctly and permanently has not been possible thus far. The latest studies show that topological memory harbours great potential in this respect - but only if the interferences that eventuate stay put instead of spreading.

Posted: Jul 26th, 2011

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Biological nanowire interface using piezotronics

Taking advantage of the unique properties of zinc oxide nanowires, researchers have demonstrated a new type of piezoelectric resistive switching device in which the write-read access of memory cells is controlled by electromechanical modulation. Operating on flexible substrates, arrays of these devices could provide a new way to interface the mechanical actions of the biological world to conventional electronic circuitry.

Posted: Jul 26th, 2011

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Nanosensor detects minute traces of plastic explosives

Working in collaboration with the RhineMain Polytechnic, materials scientists at the TU Darmstadt have developed an extremely sensitive explosives sensor that is capable of detecting even slight traces of the high-explosive chemical compound pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN). Terrorists had employed PETN in several attacks on commercial aircraft.

Posted: Jul 26th, 2011

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Nano-Sensor erkennt kleinste Mengen Plastiksprengstoff

Materialwissenschaftler der TU Darmstadt haben in Zusammenarbeit mit der Hochschule RheinMain einen ausserordentlich sensiblen Sprengstoffsensor entwickelt. Dieser kann geringste Spuren der hochexplosiven Chemikalie Pentaerythrityltetranitrat (PETN) nachweisen. Terroristen hatten PETN bei mehreren Anschlagsversuchen auf Flugzeuge eingesetzt.

Posted: Jul 26th, 2011

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Nachschlagwerk der Lichtwerkzeuge

Prof. Dr. Juergen Popp und Prof. Dr. Stefan Heinemann von der Uni Jena haben den ersten Teil eines umfassenden Handbuchs zur Biophotonik herausgebracht. Das Handbook of Biophotonics Bd. 1 erklaert die naturwissenschaftlichen Grundlagen der Licht-Materie-Interaktion und soll so die Zusammenarbeit von verschiedenen wissenschaftlichen Disziplinen in der Biophotonik erleichtern.

Posted: Jul 26th, 2011

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European Commission provides 488m euros for nanotechnology research

Commissioner Maire Geoghegan-Quinn announced nearly EUR 7 billion to kick-start innovation through research. The European Commission's biggest ever such funding package, under the EU's Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7), is expected to create around 174 000 jobs in the short-term and nearly 450 000 jobs and nearly EUR 80 billion in GDP growth over 15 years. EUR 488 million for nanotechnologies will focus on areas such as factories of the future, green cars and energy efficient buildings.

Posted: Jul 25th, 2011

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Highly endowed EU grant to develop new tools for nanoscale optical spectroscopy

One of the Starting Grants awarded by the European Research Council (ERC) in its latest funding round has gone to Professor Achim Hartschuh, who works at the Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacology at LMU Munich. Hartschuh receives the award for a project entitled "New tools for nanoscale optical spectroscopy - Functional imaging of single nanostructures using antennas".

Posted: Jul 25th, 2011

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