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Light used to measure the 'big stretch' in spider silk proteins

While working to improve a tool that measures the pushes and pulls sensed by proteins in living cells, biophysicists at Johns Hopkins say they've discovered one reason spiders' silk is so elastic: Pieces of the silk's protein threads act like supersprings, stretching to five times their initial length.

Posted: Feb 15th, 2016

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Shaping crystals with the flow

A new interdisciplinary study on the production of crystals can pave the way for faster drug discovery and delivery, and has several applications in the pharmaceutical, material sciences and biotechnology industry.

Posted: Feb 12th, 2016

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Carbon films can give microchips energy storage capability

After more than half a decade of speculation, fabrication, modeling and testing, an international team of researchers have confirmed that their process for making carbon films and micro-supercapacitors will allow microchips and their power sources to become one and the same.

Posted: Feb 11th, 2016

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