Archive: 11/6/2006

Nanoparticle Probes Light Up Cancer Cells

Cancer biologists are always on the lookout for new methods of studying the effects that drug therapy has on malignant cells. Now they have a new tool – silver nanoparticles, embedded in nanoscale silica spheres, which ...

Nov 06, 2006
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A New Approach to Superconducting Memory

Despite the potential of superconductor-based electronics to significantly impact the electronics industry – for example, a superconducting computer chip is a thousand times faster than the one within the ...

Nov 06, 2006 feature
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'LouseBuster' Instrument Shown to Kill Head Lice

Biologists have invented a chemical-free, hairdryer-like device - the LouseBuster - and conducted a study showing it eradicates head lice infestations on children by exterminating the eggs, or "nits," and killing ...

Nov 06, 2006
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Chronic Jet-Lag Conditions Hasten Death in Aged Mice

Researchers at the University of Virginia have found that aged mice undergoing weekly light-cycle shifts—similar to those that humans experience with jet lag or rotating shift work—experienced significantly higher death ...

Nov 06, 2006
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Bio-nanotechnology to kill cancer cells

The University of Surrey has been awarded a grant of £420,000 to utilize nanotechnology to develop cancer treatments. The grant is part of an international project: “Multifunctional Carbon Nanotubes for Biomedical Applications ...

Nov 06, 2006
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Novel experiment documents evolution of genome in near-real time

A team led by bioengineering researchers at UC San Diego report in the November issue of Nature Genetics rapid evolutionary changes in a bacterial genome, observed in near-real time over a few days. Scientists have previo ...

Nov 06, 2006
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Learning how nature splits water

About 3.2 billion years ago, primitive bacteria developed a way to harness sunlight to split water molecules into protons, electrons and oxygen, the cornerstone of photosynthesis that led to atmospheric oxygen ...

Nov 06, 2006
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