A Northwestern University research team has engineered the first near-perfect single crystal out of nanoparticles and DNA, using the same structure favored by nature. “Single crystals are the backbone of many things we rely on -- diamonds for beauty as well as industrial applications, sapphires for lasers and silicon for electronics,” said nanoscientist Chad A. Mirkin. “The precise placement of atoms within a well-defined lattice defines these high-quality crystals.
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A group of scientists from UCLA and Harvard University, have established a technique to measure physical properties of individual cells in body fluids. The technique has the ability to diagnose cancer with precision. The method, which uses a deformability cytometer to analyze individual cells, could decrease the need for more cumbersome assays and reduce costs, while improving accuracy over current tests.
Starting up a lab but don’t have the budget to buy new? No worries! Here’s a cool do it yourself (DIY) centrifuge project called OpenFuge that instructs amateurs on how to build a 9,000 RPM centrifuge for $200.00. The easy to do build your own centrifuge was first discovered on instructables.com and has circled the web in high demand. The OpenFuge is a relatively low-cost open-source centrifuge for DIY Biolabs and biohackers. It primarily uses commercial off the shelf parts with a few custom electronics.
Researchers are emerging the first bionic implant to aid mental disorders. Within the next three years Professor Xu-Feng Huang and his researchers from the University of Wollongong in Australia will lead the development of a bionic implant which will alleviate the symptoms of schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a mental condition that affects about 1% of the world’s population.