NNI in the News

Phys.org - August 09, 2019
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Researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences have grown simplified organs, known as organoids, with fully integrated sensors. These so-called cyborg organoids offer a rare glimpse into the early stages of organ development and could be used to test and monitor patient-specific drug treatments and for transplantations.
Phys.org - August 07, 2019
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Researchers have found that spraying a gel on the internal tissues of animals after cardiac surgery greatly reduces fibrous bands that form between internal organs and tissues. Such fibrous bands can cause serious, even fatal, complications. The gel, developed to deliver medications, was far more effective than materials currently on the market, the researchers said.
Nanowerk - July 30, 2019
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Working with mouse and human tissue, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers demonstrate that a protein pumped out of some populations of immune cells in the brain plays a role in directing the formation of connections among neurons needed for learning and forming new memories.
Phys.org - July 25, 2019
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Researchers at The University of Texas at Dallas have demonstrated that nanomedicines can be designed to interface with a natural detoxification process in the liver to improve their disease targeting while minimizing potential side effects.
Science - July 24, 2019
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Inspired by the superfast wound closing process in human embryos, a new, Jell-O–like wound dressing can contract in response to the skin’s heat, drawing the edges of wounds together for quicker, safer healing. So far, researchers have tested the material only in mice. If the new bandage works as well in people, it could offer new treatment options for everything from minor wounds to chronic injuries.
Tech Xplore - July 17, 2019
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Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed the first programmable memristor computer, which could lead to the processing of artificial intelligence directly on small, energy-constrained devices such as smartphones and sensors. A smartphone AI processor would mean that voice commands would no longer have to be sent to the cloud for interpretation, speeding up response time. Memristors represent one of today’s latest technological advances in nanoelectronics.
Phys.org - July 10, 2019
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Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory found that highly porous materials can absorb key components of a class of toxic chemicals found in 43 U.S. states. These nano-sized porous materials, called metal-organic frameworks, can quickly take up fluorinated compounds that were widely used in firefighting foam and non-stick cookware.
Phys.org - July 09, 2019
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Researchers at the University of California Los Angeles have developed an ultra-sensitive light-detecting system that could enable astronomers to view galaxies, stars and planetary systems in superb detail. The system works at room temperature—an improvement over similar technology that only works in temperatures nearing 270 degrees below zero Celsius, or minus 454 degrees Fahrenheit.
CBS News - July 03, 2019
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Researchers report a possible new way to eliminate HIV from an infected animal’s genome. In a study involving 29 mice, the team used a combination of a modified antiretroviral treatment to keep the virus at low activity levels, along with a powerful gene-editing technique that snipped out HIV genes from infected cells. The scientists found no trace of the virus in 30% of the animals.
Science Codex - June 19, 2019
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Scientists have used a gene editing method to generate mice that mimic a fatal respiratory disorder in newborn infants that turns their lips and skin blue. The new laboratory animal model allowed researchers to pinpoint the ailment's cause and develop a potential nanoparticle-based treatment.