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Sensor with exceptional performance for detecting nanoparticles

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Researchers have developed a sensor with exceptional performance for detecting nanoparticles. It’s long been thought that two’s company and three’s a crowd. But electrical and systems engineers at Washington University in St. Louis and their collaborators have shown that the addition of a third nanoscatterer, complementing two “tuning” nanoscatterers, to …

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Burning of coal produces incredibly harmful nanoparticles

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Environmental scientists led by the Virginia Tech College of Science have discovered that the burning of coal produces incredibly harmful nanoparticles of a highly unusual form of titanium oxide. When inhaled, these nanoparticles can enter the lungs and potentially the bloodstream. The particulates — known as titanium suboxide nanoparticles — …

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Attaching curcumin to nanoparticles can be used to cure tumor cells

Attaching curcumin, a component of the common spice turmeric, to nanoparticles can be used to target and destroy treatment-resistant neuroblastoma tumor cells, according to a new study published in¬†Nanoscale. The study, conducted in partnership by researchers at Nemours Children’s Hospital and the University of Central Florida, demonstrates a potentially novel …

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Treatments of drug-resistant bugs by using nanotechnology

Antibiotic resistance is a growing problem, especially among a type of bacteria that are classified as “Gram-negative.” These bacteria have two cell membranes, making it more difficult for drugs to penetrate and kill the cells.¬†Researchers from MIT and other institutions are hoping to use nanotechnology to develop more targeted treatments …

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Lipid based nanoparticles to deliver molecules to the tumors

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Early phase Northwestern Medicine research has demonstrated a potential new therapeutic strategy for treating deadly glioblastoma brain tumors. The strategy involves using lipid polymer based nanoparticles to deliver molecules to the tumors, where the molecules shut down key cancer drivers called brain tumor initiating cells (BTICs). “BTICs are malignant brain …

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Water treatment in developing countries could be harmful

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Scientists are warning that a water treatment widely used in developing countries could be damaging the DNA of those drinking it. Despite poor evidence of their effectiveness as a water disinfectant, colloidal silver and silver nanoparticles are increasingly being promoted for treating potentially contaminated drinking water in low income countries. …

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