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Nanotechnology – revolutionizing medical research to treat debilitating diseases

Northwestern University professor to discuss nanotechnology in cancer research at upcoming Pittcon Conference in Chicago.

DALLAS (Feb. 4, 2014) – The field of nanotechnology is revolutionizing the way scientists conduct research, particularly in the research and development of new ways to treat debilitating diseases, according to Dr. Chad A. Mirkin, Director of the International Institute for Nanotechnology at Northwestern University. Mirkin will present a session on nanotechnology and how it is advancing cancer treatment research at the 2014 Pittcon Conference March 2-6 in Chicago.

“One of the things we are working on at Northwestern is the idea of taking printing capabilities used in the electronics field,” said Dr. Mirkin, “to create a tool that allows researchers to rapidly prototype at the point of use.” Mirkin points to the advancements in 3-D printing technology as an example of using such capabilities in the field of science. “To do that, you have to have a tool that is low-cost, can rapidly make structures on demand, change the pattern you want to make and to work across many length scales,” he said.

Mirkin spoke by phone as a guest on the ScienceNews Radio Network program, the Promise of Tomorrow with Colonel Mason. The program originates in Dallas and can be heard via webcast and archived for its world audience.

The National Nanotechnology Initiative, implemented more than a decade ago, has provided billions of dollars in government funding for advancements in the field of nanotechnology. And, according to Mirkin, this science could just be the medical breakthrough needed to treat, cure and even prevent some of the most debilitating diseases, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and cancer.

More than 18,000 scientists, industry experts and professionals will gather in Chicago March 2-6 for the 2014 Pittcon Conference & Expo held at McCormick Place. Those who register before Feb. 10 receive a $150 discount off the regular registration fee. For more information and to register, visit


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Bavaria Motorboats Cruises to North America

(Knoxville, Tenn.)– European award winning yacht builder Bavaria Motorboats has docked in North America. Bringing luxurious craftsmanship and German engineering to the U.S., Bavaria Motorboats looks to make a big splash in the American yacht industry.

Bavaria Motorboats has been building award winning yachts for years. Recently, Bavaria’s Virtress 420 Fly received the Motorboat of the Year Award 2013 as well as the prestigious European Powerboat of the Year Award. Outperforming four other shortlisted boats to win the “Yachts up to 45 foot” category, the Virtress 420 Fly demonstrates the innovative spirit and quality craftsmanship that is Bavaria Motorboats.

Constructing quality yachts in the 29 to 49 foot category, Bavaria Motorboats spares no expense in designing the best yachts in the world. The 2014 Sport 39 HT and 2014 Sport 44 HT, with their sleek designs, elegant interiors, and overall commanding performance on the water provide further examples of the power and quality that is Bavaria Motorboats.

Bavaria Motorboats North America looks forward to showcasing several of their yachts at the upcoming Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show taking place October 31-November 4. The “Yachting Capital of the World” boasts its 54th year as host to the International Boat Show and Bavaria Motorboats will have all hands on deck for the multi-day event.

In addition, Bavaria Motorboats is offering limited, exclusive tours of their European award winning yachts during the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show. Serious yacht enthusiasts will want to submit their requests for boarding passes soon in order to have the opportunity to experience true luxury, German engineering, and quality craftsmanship up close and personal.