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Ocean Optics Names Winner of 2016 Young Investigator Award

17-Mar-2016

Ocean Optics recently named Wentao Wang from Florida State University the winner of the 2016 Ocean Optics Young Investigator Award. The Young Investigator Award is presented to a researcher who is a graduate student or has completed their graduate work in the last five years and is the primary ...

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Simulation of fast, accurate DNA sequencing through graphene nanopore

19-Jan-2016

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have simulated a new concept for rapid, accurate gene sequencing by pulling a DNA molecule through a tiny, chemically activated hole in graphene--an ultrathin sheet of carbon atoms--and detecting changes in electrical ...

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Tooth fillings of the future may incorporate bioactive glass

24-Dec-2015

A few years from now millions of people around the world might be walking around with an unusual kind of glass in their mouth, and using it every time they eat. Engineers at Oregon State University have made some promising findings about the ability of "bioactive" glass to help reduce the ability ...

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Cellular contamination pathway for plutonium, other heavy elements, identified

Scientists find that an iron-binding protein can transport actinides into cells

28-Aug-2015

Scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have reported an advance in understanding the biological chemistry of radioactive metals, opening up new avenues of research into strategies for remedial action in the event of possible human exposure to nuclear contaminants. Research led by ...

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Scientists are first to see elements transform at atomic scale

Byproduct of research may lead to new way to irradiate cancer with gold-bonded isotopes

17-Jun-2015

Chemists at Tufts University's School of Arts and Sciences, collaborating with PerkinElmer and UCL (University College London), have witnessed atoms of one chemical element morph into another for the first time ever - a feat that produced an unexpected outcome that could lead to a new way to ...

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Researchers learn how beryllium causes deadly lung disease

08-Jul-2014

Using exquisitely detailed maps of molecular shapes and the electrical charges surrounding them, researchers at National Jewish Health have discovered how the metal beryllium triggers a deadly immune response in the lungs. In Cell John Kappler, PhD, and his colleagues show how a genetic ...

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Flexible supercapacitor raises bar for volumetric energy density

Could be woven into clothes to power wearable medical, communications devices

13-May-2014

Scientists have taken a large step toward making a fiber-like energy storage device that can be woven into clothing and power wearable medical monitors, communications equipment or other small electronics. The device is a supercapacitor—a cousin to the battery. This one packs an interconnected ...

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Simple microfluidic devices now have valves

04-Apr-2014

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have added yet another innovation—miniature valves—to their ever-growing collection of inexpensive, easy-to-manufacture and highly efficient microfluidic devices made from plastic films and double-sided tape. Traditionally, ...

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A better way to make unnatural amino acids

The findings have potential applications in cancer, infectious disease, Alzheimer's drugs

17-Mar-2014

Chemists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have devised a greatly improved technique for making amino acids not found in nature. These "unnatural" amino acids traditionally have been very difficult to synthesize, but are sought after by the pharmaceutical industry for their potential ...

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Growing number of chemicals linked with brain disorders

18-Feb-2014

Toxic chemicals may be triggering the recent increases in neurodevelopmental disabilities among children—such as autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and dyslexia—according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. The ...

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