Monthly Archives: June 2019

Raising fluid walls around living cells

Reconfiguring patterns of the fluid walls. View full movie on, Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aav8002 Cell culture plates that are in everyday use in biology can be effectively transformed into microfluidic devices, opening paths for biologists to miniaturize cell-based workflows. In a recent report, Ph.D. researcher Cristian Soitu and co-workers …

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Kenya’s tech war on wildlife poachers

The sanctuary houses the world’s last two northern white rhinos, Najin and her daughter Fatu, seen in their enclosure in the private conservancy of Ol-Pejeta in Nanyuki Every morning, at the far perimeter of the wildlife reserve capped by Mount Kenya, a khaki-clad ranger meticulously sweeps the earth of animal …

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Printing liquid metals in three-dimensional structures

Using the 3-D printing technique to reconfigure a square coil antenna. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aaw2844 In a recent study on materials science and nanomedicine, Young-Geun Park and co-workers at the departments of Nanoscience, Nanomedicine and Materials Science and Engineering in the Republic of Korea developed an unconventional 3-D printing …

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Innovative technique uses sensory nanoparticles to detect disease

Transmission electron microscopy image showing the formation of biomolecular corona around the surface of nanoparticles. Credit: Morteza Mahmoudi, Brigham and Women’s Hospital Investigators from Brigham and Women’s Hospital are taking advantage of a unique phenomenon of nanoparticles to develop a test for early detection of different types of diseases, including …

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Is the lean start-up method really universally applicable?

After Eric Ries’ publication of The Lean Startup in 2011, the underlying method quickly spread among entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship educators, incubators, accelerators, and large corporations. The lean startup (LSU) method has since become one of the cornerstones of entrepreneurship education in business schools around the world. During their studies, business students …

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SpaceX launch puts UMass Lowell research into orbit

An Air Force satellite launched into orbit this week via SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket carries an instrument built by UMass Lowell researchers to conduct experiments in space. Space is a harsh and dangerous place. Aside from temperature extremes, high vacuum and bombardment of cosmic rays, there are also extremely high-energy …

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Gold nanoparticle clusters for simultaneous photo-thermal imaging and therapy

(A) Figure describes the enhanced photo-thermal responses of aggregated gold nanoparticles. (B) Aptamer-modified gold nanospheres displaying high selectivity in specific targeting of human prostate cancer cells over normal human prostate epithelial cells (green circles). (C) Figure shows selective photo-thermal imaging of cancer cells. (D) Figure shows the damaged cancer cells …

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