1st Thailand meeting on Alternatives to Animal Testing: Part II “Understanding and Acceptance of Alternative Methods”.
Traditional programmable computers are facing fundamental limitations in terms of speed and size, inspiring increasing interest in alternative paradigms such as neuromorphic computing. Researchers at IBM Research – Zurich and EPFL in Lausanne have now developed a spiking neural network computing architecture using phase-change memristors to mimic both the synapses and neurons in the neural system for the first time. They also demonstrate enhanced pattern and correlation distinguishing capabilities using a level-tuning mechanism similar to that found in the human auditory cortex........http://nanotechweb.org/cws/article/tech/65774
Biodegradable poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) nanoparticles carrying a small molecule immunomodulatory agent called rapamycin can help patients become more tolerant to biologic drugs. This is the new finding from researchers at Selecta Biosciences, Inc. in Watertown, Massachusetts, who say that the combination could help prevent the formation of antidrug antibodies in patients and even allow them to benefit from new types of treatment, such as gene therapy........http://nanotechweb.org/cws/article/tech/65778
The Ostwald ripening process can be used to make large-grain, high-quality perovskite thin films from lower-quality, hole-ridden ones. So say researchers from Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) in China and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Colorado in the US who have used their films to make high-performance solar cells with nearly 20% power-conversion efficiency.........http://nanotechweb.org/cws/article/tech/65787
Advances in nanofabrication have shifted surface tension engineering from the realms of chemistry to nanomechanics. As CJ Kim told attendees at the Nano Korea 2016 plenaries, nanomechanical surface tension design has a huge role to play in a range of technologies from ink-jet printing and superhydrophobic surfaces, to drag reduction in boat design...... http://nanotechweb.org/cws/article/tech/65793