Researchers have evidenced a basic general mechanism describing how filamentous proteins assemble into ribbon like structures, the so-called Amyloid fibrils. Combining experiments and theory, they could explain how denatured milk proteins assemble into ribbon like structures composed of up to five filaments.
The EC NanoCom project has opened a web based industrial consultation to discover the key success factors in exploiting pre-competitive research. We are encouraging all nanotech companies to contribute to this study, which will help to influence the debate on the best mechanisms of commercialisation for nanotechnologies.
Weizmann Institute scientists have 'trained' an electronic system to be able to predict the pleasantness of novel odors, just like a human would perceive them - turning the popular notion that smell is completely personal and culture-specific on its head.
Scientists at the research neutron source FRM II of the Technische Universitaet Muenchen are taking a closer look at a high performance rechargeable battery for future hybrid locomotives. The study reveals the distribution of chemical substances within the battery during various states of charge.
An EU-funded research team from Austria's University of Innsbruck has invented a single atom laser which works on the same principle as a classic laser but also has quantum mechanical properties in its atom-photon interactions.
Dr. Nirav A. Shah, MD, an orthopaedic sports medicine surgeon affiliated with Palos Community Hospital is the first to design a new nanotechnology biomedical therapy that promotes the growth of new, stronger cartilage to aid in the treatment of joint injuries.
Chaperones enable newly synthesized proteins to adopt the precise three-dimensional conformation that is necessary for their biological function. Little is known about the changes in molecular structure of chaperones as they help substrate proteins to fold. Now, researchers have been able to follow in real time the structural changes that occur in an important type of chaperone as it coaxes an unfolded substrate protein into shape.
Elkem Solar, a Norwegian producer of solar-grade silicon, has combined basic and applied research to develop production methods that cut costs and consume less energy than conventional silicon production.
A natural product found in both coconut oil and human breast milk - lauric acid - shines as a possible new acne treatment. Thanks to a 'smart delivery system' capable of delivering lauric-acid-filled nano-scale bombs directly to skin-dwelling bacteria that cause common acne.
University of Michigan computer engineer Wei Lu has taken a step toward developing this revolutionary type of machine that could be capable of learning and recognizing, as well as making more complex decisions and performing more tasks simultaneously than conventional computers can.