The university will concentrate on particles for living systems, or, in other words, the bodies of people, plants and animals. Scientists believe that luminous particles (that would latch onto specific proteins) could allow doctors to more easily identify tumors or other anomalies during the early stages of growth and hence save more patients. Quantum Dot and General Electric are working on similar projects.
Rice University, one of the more active universities in nanotechnology, has won a five-year, $3 million federal grant to teach students in nanophotonics, or the science of designing and making molecules that emit light.
Apps to help adjust to daylight saving
This Sunday morning, our clocks spring forward one hour to mark the beginning of daylight saving time. While it might be nice for some to have more light at the end of the day, it can be tough for bodies to adjust to darker mornings. In this Tech Minute, CNET's Kara Tsuboi reports on some ways technology can help ease the transition.