Home > News > Future Scientists Make Waves
April 19th, 2007
Future Scientists Make Waves
REBECCA AND CLASSMATE Rhitwika Sensharma created a cure for cancer using nanotechnology.
Nanotechnology is "the understanding and control of matter at dimensions of roughly one to 100 nanometers, where unique phenomena enable novel applications," according to the federal National Nanotechnology Initiative program. Since it is such a new way of thinking, said Rebecca, the girls are optimistic about its capability.
Their design, called "Project Sentinel," uses the technology in a bracelet. Rhitwika said a button on the bracelet would send out a type of nano machine that would then spread radioactive particles and produce an image. A negative signal means the cell isn't cancerous. The technology would be able to kill cancerous cells, which would then regenerate as healthy cells.
"It's like a database of cancer cells," said Rebecca. "We were trying to find something innovative."
Another winning idea was a "nano pill," which came from the current camera pill ó an ingestible video camera that produces digital images of the small intestine. The nano pill essentially uses radioactive dye to mark the spot on a person where a doctor needs to make a surgical incision, after it performs the same tasks as the camera pill. The inventors, Becky Peng and Rachel Song, also used nanotechnology, since it allowed them to make the nano pill much smaller than the camera pill.
First Canada Excellence Research Chair gets $10 million from the federal government for oilsands research at the University of Calgary: Federal government announces prestigious research chair to study improving oil production efficiency October 19th, 2014
Raytheon, UMass Lowell open on-campus research institute: Industry leaderís researchers to collaborate with faculty, students to move key technologies forward through first-of-its-kind partnership October 11th, 2014
SUNY Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Announce Expanded Partnership October 2nd, 2014
Yale University and Leica Microsystems Partner to Establish Microscopy Center of Excellence: Yale Welcomes Scientists to Participate in Core Facility Opening and Super- Resolution Workshops October 20 Through 31, 2014 September 30th, 2014
Detecting Cancer Earlier is Goal of Rutgers-Developed Medical Imaging Technology: Rare earth nanocrystals and infrared light can reveal small cancerous tumors and cardiovascular lesions October 21st, 2014
Design of micro and nanoparticles to improve treatments for Alzheimers and Parkinsons: At the Faculty of Pharmacy of the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country encapsulation techniques are being developed to deliver correctly and effectively certain drugs October 20th, 2014
Non-Toxic Nanocatalysts Open New Window for Significant Decrease in Reaction Process October 19th, 2014
European Commission opens the gate towards the implementation of Nanomedicine Translation Hub October 16th, 2014
Japanese gold leaf artists worked on a nano-scale: Study demonstrates X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy is a non-destructive way to date artwork July 3rd, 2014
Harry Potter-style invisibility cloaks: A real possibility next Christmas? Forget socks and shaving foam, the big kids of tomorrow want an invisible cloak for Christmas December 19th, 2013
Chicago Awareness Organization First Not-for-Profit to Sponsor Dog Training to Detect Ovarian Cancer Odorants December 12th, 2013
ZEISS Microscopes used to create images for Art Exhibit at Midway Airport: Art of Science: Images from the Institute for Genomic Biology October 25th, 2013
Crystallizing the DNA nanotechnology dream: Scientists have designed the first large DNA crystals with precisely prescribed depths and complex 3D features, which could create revolutionary nanodevices October 20th, 2014
QD Vision Wins Prestigious Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency October 16th, 2014
Beyond LEDs: Brighter, new energy-saving flat panel lights based on carbon nanotubes - Planar light source using a phosphor screen with highly crystalline single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) as field emitters demonstrates its potential for energy-efficient lighting device October 14th, 2014
Unique catalysts for hydrogen fuel cells synthesized in ordinary kitchen microwave oven October 14th, 2014