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Green tea-based “missiles” kill cancer cells more effectively

Green tea-based “missiles” kill cancer cells more effectively | WIP Weekly News | Scoop.it
Green tea has long been known for its anti-oxidant, anti-cancer, anti-aging and anti-microbial properties. A group of researchers from the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology in Singapore has taken the health benefits of green tea to the next level by using one of its ingredients, the antioxidant epigallocatechin gallate, to develop a drug delivery system that kills cancer cells more efficiently.
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Heliatek demonstrator shows potential of organic BIPV | +Plastic Electronics

Heliatek demonstrator shows potential of organic BIPV | +Plastic Electronics | WIP Weekly News | Scoop.it
Transparent small oligomer OPVs will provide power for over 50% of the lighting demand in Helitak’s offices
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Tattoo biobatteries produce power from sweat

Tattoo biobatteries produce power from sweat | WIP Weekly News | Scoop.it
In the future, working up a sweat by exercising may not only be good for your health, but it could also power your small electronic devices. Researchers report that they have designed a sensor in the form of a temporary tattoo that can both monitor a person’s progress during exercise and produce power from their perspiration.
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Injections of youthful blood could cure Alzheimer's, scientists claim

Injections of youthful blood could cure Alzheimer's, scientists claim | WIP Weekly News | Scoop.it
Researchers at Stanford University, California, will give a transfusion of blood plasma (stock image) donated by people under the age of 30 to volunteers with mild Alzheimer’s, in October.
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Ebola Vaccine Antibodies Are Made in Tobacco Plants

Ebola Vaccine Antibodies Are Made in Tobacco Plants | WIP Weekly News | Scoop.it
Charlie Arntzen has worked tirelessly on new platforms to deliver drugs and focused on plant-based drug delivery systems, testing a wide range of plants as possible “manufacturing platforms” for therapeutics for the developing world. Read more...
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Cell signaling pathway linked to obesity, Type 2 diabetes

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A Purdue Univ. study shows that Notch signaling, a key biological pathway tied to development and cell communication, also plays an important role in the onset of obesity and Type 2 diabetes, a discovery that offers new targets for treatment. The research team found that blocking Notch signaling in the fat tissue of mice caused white fat cells to transform into a "leaner" type of fat known as beige fat.
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Vision-correcting Display Makes Reading Glasses So Yesterday

Vision-correcting Display Makes Reading Glasses So Yesterday | WIP Weekly News | Scoop.it
What if computer screens had glasses instead of the people staring at the monitors? That concept is not too far afield from technology being developed by UC Berkeley computer and vision scientists. The researchers are developing computer algorithms to compensate for an individual’s visual impairment, and creating vision-correcting displays that enable users to see text and images clearly without wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses.
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Messaging app lets you leave secrets on street corners - tech - 04 August 2014 - New Scientist

Messaging app lets you leave secrets on street corners - tech - 04 August 2014 - New Scientist | WIP Weekly News | Scoop.it
Traces is an app that lets you leave augmented reality messages for friends at specific locations and certain times
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MSP secures planning given for new innovation hub

MSP secures planning given for new innovation hub | WIP Weekly News | Scoop.it
The scheme has been triggered by a huge surge in demand from innovation-led businesses involved in the science and technology sectors which are driving strong growth in the UK economy.
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Uncovering the 3-D structure of a key neuroreceptor

Uncovering the 3-D structure of a key neuroreceptor | WIP Weekly News | Scoop.it
Neurons communicate with each other through electrical signals that are generated by chemicals, which bind to structures on neurons called neuroreceptors. One neuroreceptor, called 5HT3-R, is involved in a variety of neurological disorders. Scientists in Switzerland have revealed for the first time the 3-D structure of this crucial neuroreceptor.
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A smart wristband for nocturnal cyclists

A smart wristband for nocturnal cyclists | WIP Weekly News | Scoop.it
A team of engineers in Switzerland have invented a wristband that flashes when the rider reaches out to indicate a turn. Designed to add safety for cyclists in urban areas, the relatively simple device consists of an accelerometer and a magnetometer that can detect the position of the user's arm. When the rider reaches out laterally, the accelerometer and magnetometer provide data to a microcontroller, which directs the LED to engage.
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New CNT light panel that could outperform OLEDs made in Japan | +Plastic Electronics

New CNT light panel that could outperform OLEDs made in Japan | +Plastic Electronics | WIP Weekly News | Scoop.it
Carbon nanotube lighting could be cheaper and brighter than OLEDs say inventors at Tohoku University
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A big bet on small

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ONE of the clichés of nuclear-power research is that a commercial fusion reactor is only 30 years away, and always will be. Hence a flurry of interest—and...
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Graphene detector to improve night-vision goggles, chemical analysis tools and airport body scanners

Graphene detector to improve night-vision goggles, chemical analysis tools and airport body scanners | WIP Weekly News | Scoop.it
Nanowerk is the leading nanotechnology portal, committed to educate, inform and inspire about nanotechnologies, nanosciences, and other emerging technologies
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Engineering new bone growth

Engineering new bone growth | WIP Weekly News | Scoop.it
Massachusetts Institute of Technology chemical engineers have devised a new implantable tissue scaffold coated with bone growth factors that are released slowly over a few weeks. When applied to bone injuries or defects, this coated scaffold induces the body to rapidly form new bone that looks and behaves just like the original tissue.
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Molecules chilled to coldest temperature ever recorded

Molecules chilled to coldest temperature ever recorded | WIP Weekly News | Scoop.it
Scientists at Yale University have created the world's coldest molecules. Based in Connecticut the experiment chilled them to almost absolute zero using lasers (shown).
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A new way to model cancer

A new way to model cancer | WIP Weekly News | Scoop.it
Sequencing the genomes of tumor cells has revealed thousands of mutations associated with cancer. One way to discover the role of these mutations is to breed a strain of mice that carry the genetic flaw—but breeding such mice is an expensive, time-consuming process. Now, Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have found an alternative.
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Artificial retina: Physicists develop an interface to the optical nerve

Artificial retina: Physicists develop an interface to the optical nerve | WIP Weekly News | Scoop.it
Graphene has excellent biocompatibility thanks to its great flexibility and chemical durability, and its conducting properties suggest uses for prosthetic devices in humans. Physicists are now developing key components of an artificial retina made of graphene. These retina implants may one day serve as optical prostheses for blind people whose optical nerves are still intact.
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Daily aspirin 'can ward off cancer'

Daily aspirin 'can ward off cancer' | WIP Weekly News | Scoop.it
Healthy people should be encouraged to take a daily dose of aspirin to ward off cancer, according to the leader of a new study highlighting the drug's benefits.
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Too much information: Better health from big data - 11 June 2014 - New Scientist

Too much information: Better health from big data - 11 June 2014 - New Scientist | WIP Weekly News | Scoop.it
What can you do with 9. 8 million DVDs'-worth of data? Anything from treating cancer to stifling the spread of drug-resistant malaria
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BioClinics expands to larger headquarters

BioClinics expands to larger headquarters | WIP Weekly News | Scoop.it
The firm has also taken on four new apprentices, who will form a new clinical administration team to enable BioClinics to meet growing demand for its DNA, drug and alcohol tests.
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Light pulses control graphene’s electrical behavior

Light pulses control graphene’s electrical behavior | WIP Weekly News | Scoop.it
Graphene has become a focus of research on a variety of potential uses. Now researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology have found a way to control how the material conducts electricity by using extremely short light pulses, which could enable its use as a broadband light detector.
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Tough foam from tiny sheets

Tough foam from tiny sheets | WIP Weekly News | Scoop.it
Tough, ultra-light foam of atom-thick sheets can be made to any size and shape through a chemical process invented at Rice Univ. In microscopic images, the foam dubbed “GO-0.5BN” looks like a nanoscale building, with floors and walls that reinforce each other. The structure consists of a pair of 2-D materials: floors and walls of graphene oxide that self-assemble with the assistance of hexagonal boron nitride platelets.
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