NNI in the News

Archive of news stories highlighted on nano.gov's homepage.
Phys.org - August 21, 2019
(Funded by the National Science Foundation)
UCLA researchers have developed a new technique for creating membrane filters that could offer a way for manufacturers to produce more effective and energy-efficient membranes using high-performance plastics, metal-organic frameworks, and carbon materials. To date, limitations in how filters are fabricated have prevented those materials from being viable in industrial production.
Nanowerk - August 19, 2019
(Funded by the National Institutes of Health)
Many diagnostic tests require blood, but researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health have developed a skin patch with tiny needles that painlessly collect interstitial fluid for testing. Diagnostic tests can measure trace amounts of essential proteins or hormones in the blood called biomarkers. High or low levels of biomarkers are specific indicators for a disease.
Phys.org - August 14, 2019
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UCLA researchers loaded nanocapsules with the cancer-fighting drug rituximab to create a drug delivery system that breaks through the blood-brain barrier. The approach could be useful not only for cancers that metastasize to the central nervous system but also for primary brain tumors or other brain diseases.
Phys.org - August 13, 2019
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Researchers at Harvard have demonstrated genetically programmable self‐regenerating bacterial hydrogels that facilitate wound healing of internal surfaces like those of the gut.
Phys.org - August 12, 2019
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Researchers at MIT describe a simple solution to create carbon-nanotube based single-photon emitters, which are known as fluorescent quantum defects, at room temperature.
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.