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GMU professor’s “nanoparticle net” may detect early cancer, Lyme disease

Alessandra Luchini, a Ph.D. and assistant professor at George Mason University, has helped to invent a “nanoparticle trap” which allows scientists to detect unhealthy cells much sooner than before. When found early, cancer and other diseases are easier to treat, giving patients a better chance for survival. Recently, Luchini gave a lecture on Nanotechnology in Biomedicine …

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Women in Science and Engineering: Environmental Problem Solver Leslie Guth

In this fourth and final post celebrating Women’s History Month, I will highlight another AT&T scientist who I was privileged to cover early in my career as a writer. Though I worked in Media Relations at AT&T Bell Laboratories from 1987 to 1990, I did not meet Leslie Guth until after I had left the …

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Women in Science and Engineering: Fiber Optics Expert Suzanne R. Nagel

In honor of Women’s History Month, this is the third in a series of posts on some of the accomplished women scientists and engineers I have had the privilege of interacting with throughout my career. Back in 1986, I interviewed almost a dozen women working in fields related to lasers for an article in Lasers …

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Women in Science and Engineering: Flex Fuel Pioneer Roberta J. Nichols

In honor of Women’s History Month, this will be the first in a series of posts on women in science and engineering. As a woman engineer myself, and later as a technical editor and writer, I’ve had the privilege of meeting and interviewing a number of remarkable women in science and engineering whose achievements equal …

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Additive manufacturing: 3D printers and much more

In today’s manufacturing world, 3D printers (3DP) bring a lot of buzz to product announcements, trade shows and Kickstarter challenges. Ditto for the tech geek space. But the breathless push for a 3D printer in every home, like the 70s quest for a computer on every desk, may detract from the real industrial revolution in …

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