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The assembly of protein strands into fibrils

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.

Posted: Apr 16th, 2010

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Battery of the future

A new composite material being developed at Imperial College London, with European partners including the Volvo car company, may unlock the door to a new wave of invention.

Posted: Apr 16th, 2010

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In the electron cloud

Mapping the shape and dynamics of a molecule's outer electron cloud is now possible using a novel experimental technique.

Posted: Apr 16th, 2010

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Using neutrons to peer inside a battery designed for hybrid locomotives

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.

Posted: Apr 15th, 2010

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Laser technology takes a quantum leap

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.

Posted: Apr 15th, 2010

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How molecular chaperones influence protein structures

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.

Posted: Apr 15th, 2010

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Sun shining on Norwegian silicon

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.

Posted: Apr 15th, 2010

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Nanotechnology treatment for acne

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.

Posted: Apr 15th, 2010

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Cat brain: A step toward the electronic equivalent

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.

Posted: Apr 14th, 2010

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