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    Original @ MIT News – Civil and environmental engineering MIT short program, Innovation and Technology in Agriculture and the Environment, unifies industry and academia. [...]

    Manipulating electron spins without loss of information

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Physicists have developed a new technique that uses electrical voltages to control the electron spin on a chip. The newly-developed method provides protection from spin decay, meaning that the contained information can be maintained and transmitted ove… [...]

    Laser-cooled ions contribute to better understanding of friction

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories In physics, it is useful to know as precisely as possible how friction phenomena arise—and not only on the macroscopic scale, as in mechanical engineering, but also on the microscopic scale, in areas such as biology and nanotechnology. It is quite difficult to study friction at the atom scale where non-linear effects prevail. [...]

    Coupling a nano-trumpet with a quantum dot enables precise position determination

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Scientists from the Swiss Nanoscience Institute and the University of Basel have succeeded in coupling an extremely small quantum dot with 1,000 times larger trumpet-shaped nanowire. The movement of the nanowire can be detected with a sensitivity of 10… [...]

    Antibiotic nanoparticles fight drug-resistant bacteria

    Original @ MIT News – Health sciences and technology Targeted treatment could be used for pneumonia and other bacterial infections. [...]

    Converging on cancer at the nanoscale

    Original @ MIT News – Cancer Marking its first anniversary, the Koch Institute’s Marble Center for Cancer Nanomedicine goes full steam ahead. [...]

    Carbon nanotubes found safe for reconnecting damaged neurons

    Original @ KurzweilAI ยป News Multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) could safely help repair damaged connections between neurons by serving as supporting scaffolds for growth or as connections between neurons. That’s the conclusion of an in-vitro (lab) open-access study with cultured neurons (taken from the hippcampus of neonatal rats) by a multi-disciplinary team of scientists in Italy and Spain, published in [...] [...]

    Your brain on mesh: Injectable flexible probe melds with neurons, causes little or no chronic immune response

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories (Phys.org)—Neuroprostheses, neural probes and other intraneural tissue implants have offered remarkable benefits to recipients in a number of areas in neuroscience research and biomedical applications, therapeutic examples being not only Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, and other neurological/neurologically-related conditions, as well as cognition, memory, and sensorimotor disorders. However, current neural implants have several drawbacks, including neural tissue inflammation or scarring due to device micromotion, as well as longevity and the potential need for removal, and high power requirements. Devising electrical probes that seamlessly integrate within neural tissue has therefore been a coveted goal. To that end, scientists at Harvard University have reported the successful implantation of a neuromorphic (that is, having a structure similar to brain tissue) ultraflexible open mesh electronics neural probe that is delivered to specific brain regions via syringe injection (a protocol they published in 2015 in Nature Nanotechnology)1. [...]

    Helium ions reveal how viruses attack bacteria

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories An interdisciplinary research consortium from the Nanoscience Center at University of Jyvaskyla in Finland (group leaders Dr. Lotta-Riina Sundberg and Prof. Ilari Maasilta) has found that bacteria and viruses can be imaged with helium ions in contrast … [...]

    Scientists discover how the liver unclogs itself

    Original @ Medical Xpress – latest medical and health news stories A multi-disciplinary team of researchers from the Mechanobiology Institute, Singapore (MBI) at the National University of Singapore (NUS), the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) of A*STAR, and BioSyM, Singapore-MIT Alliance for Resear… [...]