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Liposome-Hydrogel Hybrids: No Toil, No Trouble for Stronger Bubbles
Release Date: 06/09/2010

People have been combining materials to bring forth the best properties of both ever since copper and tin were merged to start the Bronze Age. In … more

Scaffold Gradients: Finding the Right Environment for Developing Cells
Release Date: 05/25/2010

People often have strong opinions on the "right" firmness of mattresses for themselves, and, as it turns out, some cell types have similar … more

Meet Phannie, NIST's Standard 'Phantom' for Calibrating MRI Machines
Release Date: 05/11/2010

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)--a widely used medical tool that relies on magnetic fields and radio waves to visualize the body's internal … more

To Improve Lung Cancer Diagnosis, Good Medicine Is a Polymer Pill
Release Date: 04/27/2010

In the top image, Zachary Levine (at left) and Joe Chen prepare to load a boxful of polymer ellipsoids into a CT scanner to test its ability to … more

Lollipops and Ice Fishing: Molecular Rulers Used to Probe Nanopores
Release Date: 04/27/2010

Using a pair of exotic techniques including a molecular-scale version of ice fishing, a team of researchers working at the National Institute of … more

NIST, Maryland Researchers COMMAND a Better Class of Liposomes
Release Date: 04/27/2010

Pop a bubble while washing the dishes and you're likely to release a few drops of water trapped when the soapy sphere formed. A few years ago, … more

Knowing When Poultry Goes Foul
Release Date: 04/13/2010

Mom's trusty nose may be good, but researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have gone her one better by designing … more

Mouse Work: New Insights on a Fundamental DNA Repair Mechanism
Release Date: 03/02/2010

Adding a new link to our understanding of the complex chain of chemistry that keeps living cells alive, a team of researchers from the University … more

Marine Lab Hunts Subtle Clues to Environmental Threats to Blue Crabs
Release Date: 01/26/2010

The Atlantic blue crab, Callinectes sapidus , long prized as a savory meal at a summer party or seafood restaurant, is a multi-million dollar … more

Proper Vaccine Refrigeration Vital to Putting Disease on Ice
Release Date: 01/26/2010

According to a NIST study, vaccines that have not been removed from their packaging (most often a cardboard box), retain their temperature longer … more

What Were They Drinking? Researchers Investigate Radioactive Crock Pots
Release Date: 01/12/2010

Radioactive toothpaste, suppositories, makeup: Would-be inventors seeking to capitalize on the discovery of radioactivity in the late 19th century … more

NIST Scientists Quantify Nanoparticle-Protein Interactions
Release Date: 01/12/2010

A research team at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has quantified the interaction of gold nanoparticles with important … more

Combining Nanotubes and Antibodies for Breast Cancer ‘Search and Destroy’ Missions
Release Date: 12/01/2009

Single-walled nanotubes--cylinders of carbon about a nanometer in diameter--have been highly touted for potential applications such as ultrastrong … more

Nervy Research: Researchers Take Initial Look at Ion Channels in a Model System
Release Date: 12/01/2009

Before one of your muscles can twitch, before the thought telling it to flex can race down your nerve, a tiny floodgate of sorts--called an ion … more

Small Nanoparticles Bring Big Improvement to Medical Imaging
Release Date: 11/17/2009

If you're watching the complex processes in a living cell, it is easy to miss something important--especially if you are watching changes that … more

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