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Crowdsourcing the design of swarming nanoparticles for cancer applications

by HFSP Cross-Disciplinary Fellow Sabine Hauert

The treatment of cancer is undergoing what could be called a revolution. The field has attracted the attention of bioengineers trying to design nanoparticles that can deliver drugs and therapeutics directly to tumors. Their size, typically 10 nm to 500 nm, is ideal to leak out of porous vessels deep in tumors while remaining in the blood stream throughout the rest of the body. This allows nanoparticles to passively accumulate in tumors while reducing side effects on healthy tissue. This article...

Insect jumping, an ancient question

By former HFSP Cross-Disciplinary Fellow Gregory Sutton

The acrobatic leaps of insects have fascinated both storytellers and scientists for the scope of human history.  Aristophanes wrote in amazement about how far fleas could jump [Ref. 1], suggesting that their jump distance be measured in ‘flea feet’, and compared to the ‘human feet’ of man’s leaps.  Hans Christian Anderson likewise marvelled at jumping insects, writing a cautionary tale of a contest between a flea, a grasshopper, and a tuna. In his tale,...