Can nanoscience improve on the biopsy?

Fisk and Vanderbilt researchers look to speed up cancer diagnosis by detecting tumor cells directly from patients’ bloodstreams. Continue reading Can nanoscience improve on the biopsy?

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Coming soon: A new NASA mission to hunt for alien planets

Scheduled to launch in 2017, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) will monitor more than 500 000 nearby “Suns” for two years and is expected to discover at least 500 Earth-like planets. Continue reading Coming soon: A new NASA mission to hunt for alien planets

A scintillating approach to radiation detection

Radiation detectors are at work every day and everywhere. They inspect cargo at airports, seaports, and border crossings. They discover new forms of matter inside particle accelerators. They collect data in advanced diagnostic technologies used by our doctors and dentists. And they sniff out invisible radioactive gases that leach into our homes. In 2013, Arnold … Continue reading A scintillating approach to radiation detection