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Novel hydrogel systems for dentin regeneration
Dental caries, or tooth decay, continues to be the most prevalent infectious disease in the world, presenting significant public health challenges and socio-economic consequences. (2008-07-04)

Cornell receives federal grants to create fabrics to render toxic chemicals harmless
Cornell fiber scientist Juan Hinestroza is working with the US government to create fabrics made of functional nanofibers that would decompose toxic industrial chemicals into harmless byproducts. (2008-05-27)

New process makes nanofibers in complex shapes and unlimited lengths
The continuous fabrication of complex, 3-D nanoscale structures and the ability to grow individual nanowires of unlimited length are now possible with a process developed by researchers at the University of Illinois. (2008-01-30)

The pitter patter of little feet ... climbing straight up a wall
Building upon several years of research into the gecko's uncanny ability to climb sheer walls, researchers at UC Berkeley, have developed an adhesive that is the first to master the easy attach and easy release of the reptile's padded feet. While ideal for hanging posters, the characteristic is even more important for any application that requires movement, such as climbing. (2008-01-29)

Research by Case Western Reserve University, VA earns cover of prestigious science publication
Jeffrey R. Capadona, associate investigator at the VA's Advanced Platform Technology Center, and Christoph Weder and Stuart Rowan, professors of macromolecular science and engineering at the Case School of Engineering, and their colleagues have unveiled a method for developing mechanically-reinforced polymer nanocomposites. Case Western Reserve University has filed for a patent protecting the technology. (2008-01-04)

Yu receives research funding from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation
Stevens Institute of Technology Professor Xiaojun Yu, Ph.D., has received an Early Career Translational Research Award in Biomedical Engineering from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation. This award will support his research titled, (2007-09-18)

Nanomedicine opens the way for nerve cell regeneration
The ability to regenerate nerve cells in the body could reduce the effects of trauma and disease in a dramatic way. In two presentations at the NSTI Nanotech 2007 Conference, researchers describe the use of nanotechnology to enhance the regeneration of nerve cells. (2007-05-20)

Nanoscale pasta: Toward nanoscale electronics
Pasta tastes like pasta -- with or without a spiral. But when you jump to the nanoscale, everything changes: Carbon nanotubes and nanofibers that look like nanoscale spiral pasta have completely different electronic properties than their nonspiraling cousins. Engineers at UC San Diego, and Clemson University are studying these differences in the hopes of creating new kinds of components for nanoscale electronics. (2007-05-18)

Kavli Institute's Journalist Workshop, June 13, at Cornell
Explore nanoscience and technology, and learn about fabrication and characterization at the nanoscale. Journalists will participate in hands-on experiences that include an interactive laboratory tour, where reporters will fabricate a functional nanodevice. Other hands-on workshops include spinning nanofibers, creating nanotubes, polymer assembly and imaging nanoparticles in three dimensions. (2007-05-13)

Nanotechnology offers hope for treating spinal cord injuries, diabetes and Parkinson's disease
Dr. Samuel I. Stupp, director of the Institute of BioNanotechnology in Medicine at Northwestern University, is one of a new breed of scientists combining nanotechnology and biology to enable the body to heal itself -- and who are achieving amazing early results. Dr. Stupp's work suggests that nanotechnology can be used to mobilize the body's own healing abilities to repair or regenerate damaged cells. (2007-04-23)

Trips to the NanoFrontier
Given the incredible promise of the fast emerging field -- and the billions in public and private investment that it has attracted -- the Wilson Center's Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies launched today a new series of NanoFrontiers newsletters and podcasts focused on progress toward exciting applications on the horizon of nanotechnology. Intended to encourage broader public understanding of nanotechnology, both are available online. (2007-04-20)

Researchers create smallest organic light-emitters
A Cornell team of researchers has produced microscopic (2007-04-11)

Unique models help teach nanoscience to the blind
At the root of scientific study are observations made with the eyes; yet in nanoscience, our eyes fail us. That's why nanoscale experiments offer such great opportunities to teach blind and visually impaired students about science and pique their interest in the field, say UW-Madison scientists. (2007-03-27)

Getting a feel for the nano world
When it comes to research at the nanoscale, vision is not necessarily an advantage. The subjects are so small, no one can see them. To encourage people with visual impairments to pursue fields in nanotechnology, educators have developed a way to craft accurate, detailed and touch-friendly models of nanoscale objects like carbon nanofibers, allowing the students to (2007-03-27)

Volcanoes and nanotechnology
Since their discovery, carbon nanotubes and carbon nanofibers have been used in a wide variety of applications. However, because their production on an industrial scale remains expensive, their commercial use in such areas as catalysis has remained unthinkable. This could now be changing: Dang Sheng Su and his co-workers have used igneous rock from Mount Etna to produce carbon nanotubes and fibers. (2007-02-06)

Nanofluids -- Fundamentals and Applications
The aim of this conference is to bring together, for the first time, scientists and engineers from around the world, who have diverse disciplines (chemistry, physics, materials science & engineering, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, nuclear engineering etc.) and are working on nanofluids and related areas. (2007-01-04)

Two Pitt researchers make 'Scientific American 50' of leaders in science and technology
Two University of Pittsburgh researchers have been selected by the board of editors of Scientific American to its list of (2006-11-13)

Biodegradable napkin -- featuring sensitive nanofibers -- may quickly detect biohazards
Detecting bacteria, viruses and other dangerous substances in hospitals, airplanes and other commonly contaminated places could soon be as easy as wiping a napkin or paper towel across a surface, says a researcher from Cornell University. (2006-09-11)

Biodegradable 'napkin' could help quickly detect, identify biohazards
Detecting bacteria, viruses and other dangerous substances could soon be as simple as wiping a napkin or paper towel across a table, according to Cornell University researchers. Once fully developed, the new absorbent wipe, embedded with nanofibers containing antibodies to numerous biohazards, could be used by virtually anyone to rapidly uncover pathogens in meat packing plants, hospitals, cruise ships, airplanes and other commonly contaminated areas, the researchers say. (2006-09-11)

Nanofibers created in orderly fashion by UC Berkeley team
Researchers at University of California, Berkeley, have found a way to spin polymers into nanofibers in a direct, continuous and controllable manner. The new technique, known as near-field electrospinning, offers the possibility of producing out of nanofibers new, specialized materials with organized patterns that can be used for such applications as wound dressings, filtrations and bio-scaffolds. (2006-04-13)

Fingerprints provide crucial clue to new nanofiber fabrication technique
Fingerprints are usually used to identify people but, this time, they gave Penn State chemical engineers the crucial clue needed to discover an easy, versatile new method for making nanofibers that have potential uses in advanced filtration as well as wound care, drug delivery, bioassays and other medical applications. (2006-01-26)

JCI table of contents: December 15, 2005
This release contains summaries, links to PDFs, and contact information for the following newsworthy papers to be published online on 12/15/05 in the JCI, including: Fantastic voyage into the heart delivers a protector against heart failure; Standing up to paraplegia with gene therapy; Chromosomal quality control keeps leukemia in check; Silencing SOCS1 cajoles the immune system to mount an anti-tumor response; and First link shown between LIG4 mutations and new SCID subtype. (2005-12-15)

Fantastic voyage into the heart delivers a protector against heart failure
Reminiscent of the 1966 sci-fi thriller Fantastic Voyage, where a surgical team is miniaturized and injected into a dying man, researchers from Harvard Medical School have used injectable self-assembling peptide nanofibers loaded with the pro-survival factor PDGF-BB to protect rat cardiomyocytes from injury and subsequent heart failure. Their study appears online on December 15 in advance of print publication in the January 2006 issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation. (2005-12-15)

'Jammed Networks' may clear the way for better materials
Jammed networks may cause upheaval in phone systems, but among wispy carbon nanotubes or nanofibers, a similar phenomenon may greatly improve flammability resistance and, perhaps, other properties in polymers, report researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the University of Pennsylvania. (2005-12-01)

UCLA scientist to present provost lecture on 'Nano Meccano' Oct. 7 at Science2005
An internationally recognized pioneer in the field of supramolecular chemistry--the chemistry beyond the molecule--from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), will present the Provost Lecture at the University of Pittsburgh's fifth annual showcase of science and technology, Science2005: The New Research Ecology. (2005-10-03)

World's smallest universal material testing system
The development of a universal nanoscale material testing system (n-MTS) to mechanically test nanoscale objects has been a major challenge within the scientific community. Now researchers at Northwestern University have designed and built the first complete micromachine that makes possible the investigation of nanomechanics phenomena in real time. The machine, which can fit in tiny spaces as required by in situ transmission electron microscopy, successfully characterized the mechanical properties of nanowires and carbon nanotubes. (2005-09-21)

Purdue researchers align nanotubes to improve artificial joints
Researchers at Purdue University have shown that artificial joints might be improved by making the implants out of tiny carbon tubes and filaments that are all aligned in the same direction, and findings were presented at two recent meetings. (2004-11-23)

Research fills dental need
South Dakota Tech research group is investigating a new type of dental filling that looks better, lasts longer, and has fewer safety concerns than the silver fillings widely used today. (2004-11-05)

UCLA chemists report new nano flash welding
UCLA chemists report the discovery of a remarkable new nanoscale phenomenon: flash welding, from an ordinary camera flash. (2004-10-28)

Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, October 2004
Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory focus on fusion, geography, biology and energy efficiency. (2004-10-08)

Scientists grow neurons using nanostructures
Scientists at Northwestern University have designed synthetic molecules that promote neuron growth and also discourage the formation of the scar that is often linked to paralysis after spinal cord injury. Similar to earlier experiments that promoted bone growth, the researchers now have successfully grown nerve cells using an artificial three-dimensional network of nanofibers, an important technique in regenerative medicine. (2004-01-22)

Purdue research suggests 'nanotubes' could make better brain probes
Purdue University researchers have shown that extremely thin carbon fibers called (2004-01-07)

Electrospinning cellulose waste into fiber
Cornell University polymer scientists have successfully produced nanofibers from cellulose by electrospinning. This may soon produce a low cost, high-value, high-strength fiber for air and water filtration and agricultural nanotechnology uses from recycled cellulose. (2003-09-10)

ORNL researchers expect big things from nanostructures
Arrays of nanofibers able to deliver genetic material to cells quickly and efficiently have researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory excited about potential applications for drug delivery, gene therapy, crop engineering and environmental monitoring. (2003-05-19)

Researchers at UCLA create better materials by emulating spiders' techniques
Researchers at UCLA believe that the secret to creating stronger, better materials may be solved by studying an unlikely source: the common spider. Engineers can improve the design and processing of materials by emulating the spider's web-spinning abilities, resulting in enhanced products, from tennis rackets to stealth bombers. (2002-08-06)

Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, January 2002
Story tips focus on (2002-01-15)

Scientists design molecules that mimic nanostructure of bone
Scientists at Northwestern University have become the first to design molecules that could lead to a breakthrough in bone repair. The designer molecules hold promise for the development of a bonelike material to be used for bone fractures or in the treatment of bone cancer patients and have implications for the regeneration of other tissues and organs. (2001-11-22)

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