Archive for the ‘From the Wire’ Category

Advanced Medical Solutions Launches Wound Care Educational Programme Endorsed by University of Chester

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Advanced Medical Solutions Group plc (Winsford, United Kingdom) has announced a collaboration with University of Chester’s Faculty of Health and Social Care (Chester, United Kingdom) on a wound care educational programme. The programme will be offered to healthcare professionals in a series of five modules, including basic skin anatomy and physiology, ...

UK Funding Competitions Reward Regnerative Medicine Initiatives

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

The UK Technology Strategy Board has announced two new funding competitions as part of its £21.5 million Regenerative Medicine Programme. Under the heading of Regenerative Medicine Programme: Tools and Technologies, the Technology Strategy Board, Medical Research Council, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council ...

Pure Nanotube-Type Growth Edges Toward the Possible

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

New research at Rice University ultimately could show scientists the way to make batches of nanotubes of a single type. A paper in the online journal Physical Review Letters unveils an elegant formula by Rice University physicist Boris Yakobson and his colleagues that defines the energy of a piece of ...

Lasers Provide Close-Up View of the Skin

Monday, December 6th, 2010

The Technology Review has reported that researchers at Harvard University have developed a noninvasive imaging technique that captures images at the molecular level so quickly that they can "watch" red blood cells move through capillaries. The system uses two laser beams set at different frequencies to excite ...

DNA Translocation with Graphene Nanopores

Monday, July 26th, 2010

[caption id="attachment_16206" align="alignleft" width="284" caption="Image courtesy of Robert Johnson"][/caption] From the Wire: Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have developed a new, carbon-based nanoscale platform to electrically detect single DNA molecules. Using electric fields, the tiny DNA strands are pushed through nanoscale-sized, atomically thin pores on a graphene platform ...

Polymer Synthesis Could Aid Future Electronics

Monday, July 19th, 2010

In the future, electronic visual displays could be made brighter, clearer and more energy-efficient as a result of a process developed by a team of researchers from Canada and the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The synthesis of a conjugated organic polymer—widely used as a conductive material ...

Researchers Design Artificial Cells that Can Communicate

Monday, July 19th, 2010

[caption id="attachment_16087" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Microcapsules in “snake” formation as competing signaling capsules (shown in red) pull respective lines of target cells in opposite directions."][/caption] Inspired by the social interactions of ants and slime molds, University of Pittsburgh engineers have designed artificial cells capable of self-organising into independent groups that can communicate ...

University of Strathclyde Invests in Photonics Technology

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

[caption id="attachment_15772" align="alignleft" width="151" caption="Image courtesy of University of Strathclyde "][/caption] From the Wire: The University of Strathclyde has secured a spin-out deal to form a company working in the field of novel next-generation light source technology. Known as mLED Ltd, the company will work to open up a range of opportunities in multi-billion dollar applications ...

Researchers Report Advance in Rapid Diagnostic Blood Testing

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

[caption id="attachment_15565" align="alignleft" width="350" caption="Each molecule passing through the nanopore can be identified by monitoring the change it causes in an ionic current flowing across the membrane. When different molecules (purple and green objects) enter the pore (green shown in inset), each reduces the current by a certain amount and ...

EU Researchers Develop Nanowires for Electronics and Optoelectronics Applications

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

[caption id="attachment_15439" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Under the transmission electron microscope, several cobalt phthalocyanine nanowires grow out of an iron phthalocyanine nanowire that is decorated with silver particles. Image courtesy of Empa."][/caption] From the Wire: Organic semiconductors are promising candidates as starting materials for the manufacture of cheap, large area and flexible electronic ...

Optical Legos: Building Nanoshell Structures

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

[caption id="attachment_14838" align="alignleft" width="225" caption="Heptamers containing seven nanoshells have unique optical properties. Image courtesy of Rice University."][/caption] Scientists from four universities in the United States have created a way to use light-activated nanoshells as building blocks for 2D and 3D structures. The structures could be used in chemical sensors, nanolasers and light-absorbing ...

Molecular Robots on the Rise

Monday, May 24th, 2010

[caption id="attachment_14728" align="alignleft" width="350" caption="As the robot walks on the substrate, it changes each piece by cleaving off a part. Image courtesy of Zina Deretsky, National Science Foundation"][/caption] From the Wire: Researchers from Columbia University, Arizona State University, the University of Michigan and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have ...