Self-assembled 'hairy' nanoparticles could give a double punch to cancer

'Hairy' nanoparticles made with light-sensitive materials that assemble themselves could one day become 'nano-carriers' providing doctors a new way to simultaneously introduce both therapeutic drugs and cancer-fighting heat into tumors. That's one potential application for a new technology that combines water-repelling yet light-sensitive and water-absorbing materials into polymeric nano-reactors for creating photo-responsive gold nanoparticles.