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Image: anchor points on a DNA molecule to selectively grow polymers; Copyright: MPI-P / Lizenz CC-BY-SA

Printing nanoparticle shapes for medical applications


Personal drug delivery or nano-robotic systems could be a key concept for future medical applications. In this context, scientists of the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P) have recently developed a technology to customize the shapes of polymers and polymeric nanoparticles using DNA.
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Image: Young blond woman in a laboratory; Copyright: Alessandro Magazzu

A new method of using AI discovered


Her research on so-called micro swimmers led to discovering a new method of using artificial intelligence in her field. PhD-student Saga Helgadóttir’s breakthrough has attracted the attention of international research groups before her results have even been published.
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New Method: ultrafast 3D images of nanostructures


Lensless microscopy with X-rays, or coherent diffractive imaging, is a promising approach. It allows researchers to analyse complex three-dimensional structures, which frequently exist in nature, from a dynamic perspective. Whilst two-dimensional images can already be generated quickly and in an efficient manner, creating 3D images still presents a challenge.
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Image: molecules of light-up DNA; Copyright: Shalin Shah, Duke University

Tiny light-up barcodes identify molecules by their twinkling


An imaging technique developed at Duke University could make it possible to peer inside cells and watch dozens of different molecules in action at once -- by labeling them with short strands of light-up DNA that blink on and off with their own unique rhythm.
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Image: Blond man in blue T-shirt looks at a long test tube; Copyright: Max Planck Institute for Colloids and Interfaces

Are you still charging?


Joint research project "CLUSTERBATT" of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft and the Max Planck Society deals with future energy storage technologies of batteries.
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Image: Gold element; Copyright: Bill Tembreull/Michigan Tech

2D gold quantum dots are atomically tunable with nanotubes


Two-dimensional (2D) semiconductors are promising for quantum computing and future electronics. Now, researchers can convert metallic gold into semiconductor and customize the material atom-by-atom on boron nitride nanotubes.
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Imaging technology will offer new clues to embryonic development


Soon after conception, an embryo's circulatory system connects to that of its mother. Complications that occur at this critical time can result in miscarriage or birth defects with long-term chronic conditions. Unfortunately, limitations in imaging technologies prevent researchers from fully understanding the cellular-level events leading up to this crucial point.
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Photo: Graphic of the microwave resonator; Copyright: Cockrell School of Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin

Measurement of semiconductor material: now 100,000 times more sensitive


The enhanced power of the new measuring technique to characterize materials at scales much smaller than any current technologies will accelerate the discovery and investigation of 2D, micro- and nanoscale materials.
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Photo: a hand a slug and it's glue; Copyright: Rebecca Falconer, Ithaca College

Slug glue for medical adhesives


The Dusky Arion slug produces a defensive glue that fouls the mouthparts of any would-be predator. Two new studies reveal more about how this glue achieves its strong sticking power and flexibility, insights that could be used to create better medical adhesives.
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Photo: man with dark hair sitting next to a microscope - Bharath Babu Nunna; Copyright: NJIT

Nanotechnology-enhanced biochip


The difficulty in spotting minute amounts of disease circulating in the bloodstream has proven a stumbling block in the detection and treatment of cancers that advance stealthily with few symptoms. With a novel electrochemical biosensing device that identifies the tiniest signals these biomarkers emit, a pair of NJIT inventors are hoping to bridge this gap.
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