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2013-11-04 14:00:52

Nitric oxide (NO) is one of the most important signaling molecules in living cells, carrying messages within the brain and coordinating immune system functions. In many cancerous cells, levels are perturbed, but very little is known about how NO behaves in both healthy and cancerous cells. "Nitric oxide has contradictory roles in cancer progression, and we need new tools in order to better understand it," says Michael Strano, the Carbon P. Dubbs Professor of Chemical Engineering at MIT....

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2011-05-10 06:25:00

Researchers at MIT have created a new type of sensor that could bring homeland security to a new level. The researchers, lead by Charles and Hilda Roddey Career Development Associate Professor of Chemical Engineer Michael Strano, developed a detector that is capable of picking up a single molecule of an explosive material. Chemical engineers used one-atom-thick hollow cylinders made of pure carbon to create the sensors.  These detectors are more sensitive than explosive sensors...

2010-10-20 14:15:31

Efforts to store energy in carbon nanotubes described at AVS Meeting in Albuquerque When weighing options for energy storage, different factors can be important, such as energy density or power density, depending on the circumstances. Generally batteries -- which store energy by separating chemicals -- are better for delivering lots of energy, while capacitors -- which store energy by separating electrical charges -- are better for delivering lots of power (energy per time). It would be nice,...

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2008-12-15 08:10:00

U.S. researchers have created a way to detect small amounts of cancer-causing poisons inside living cells. The research was reported on Sunday in the journal Nature Nanotechnology and offers a new way to track chemicals within the body. "We made a very small nanosensor that can detect cancer-causing molecules or important therapeutic drugs inside of a single living cell," said Michael Strano of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who worked on the study. "It's much smaller than a living...


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