Originally Published MPMN November/December 2009
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Nanowires are at the center of a plethora of research projects occurring in an array of university labs. But a breakthrough by Harvard scientists could broaden the potential of nanowires for biosensing applications....New Scientist reports that a team of French researchers has developed a “print ‘n shrink” technology that offers increased flexibility in the fabrication of microfluidic devices....An ultrasonic catheter-cutting machine from Rainbow Medical Engineering incorporates a vacuum system that collects waste material, preventing chads that can endanger patient safety....A team of researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are working to improve the resolution of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems with the hope of detecting ultralow concentrations of diseases such as lung cancer. Known as hyperpolarized xenon signal amplification by gas extraction, the scientists’ new technique uses xenon gas that has been treated with laser light to hyperpolarize the atomic nuclei, aligning the spins of the majority of the nuclei....Measurement company Agilent Technologies has announced that it will collaborate with researchers at Stanford University in a research program aimed at advancing rapid prototyping and characterization of nanoscale devices. The research will focus on combining atomic layer deposition techniques with scanning probe microscopy.
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