New Cancer Treatment Kills the Bad Cells with Nanoparticles and Lasers

Fighting cancer is getting very 22nd century with the introduction of a new technique from researchers at the University of Georgia. The science of it gets a little bit complicated, but suffice it to say it's pretty futuristic. Lasers and nanoparticles are involved. » 8/14/13 5:22pm 8/14/13 5:22pm

Gold Nanoparticles Give Plastic Skin Life-Like Senses

Human skin may very well be one of the world's most impressive sensor arrays. Able to detect temperature, pressure, touch and pain simultaneously, your skin's sensory receptors feed you a constant data stream about the environment around you. Now, researchers have given much of that sensing ability to plastic e-skin. » 7/09/13 11:23am 7/09/13 11:23am

Scientists Create Flat Breasts on a Chip for Breast Cancer Research

That's a breast on a chip. Why? Because though it looks like a slide, it actually accurately mimics the branching mammary duct system of a breast, where most breast cancers begin. That's key for cancer research since scientists can now test new approaches for treatment, like magnetic nanoparticles. It sounds insane: » 2/23/11 9:20pm 2/23/11 9:20pm

Your Great Great Great Grandkids Might Heal Like Wolverine

It sounds straight out of a comic book: Scientists have figured out a way to inject gene-carrying nanoparticles into stem cells in order to make wounds heal faster. I'd get my superheroine costume ready if the method wasn't potentially cancer-causing. » 10/09/09 12:30am 10/09/09 12:30am

Scientist Designs Nanoparticle Optics That Self-Assemble

Nanoparticles that self-assemble into complex optical structures sounds like an early ingredient in a future Robot Uprising recipe, but the science team at University of California, Berkeley thinks they'll be useful for nicely tame things. The self-assembly of the nanoparticle silver crystals can be controlled to… » 11/05/08 10:10am 11/05/08 10:10am

NMR Machine Shrunk to Make Portable Disease Scanner: Medical Tricorder …

It's clearly "Star Trek Comes Nearly True" time, first with the life-signs detector, and now a tiny NMR machine that's effectively v1.0 of the medical tricorder. Scientists at Harvard Medical School have come up with a neat way to coat bacteria and viruses with nanoparticles, and have simultaneously shrunk all the… » 7/09/08 6:50am 7/09/08 6:50am