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Photons led astray

An international team headed by researchers at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light has used polarized light - light waves which oscillate in a particular plane - to design a simple model for a quantum physical random walk.

Posted: Feb 16th, 2010

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A nanoscopic ruler made of DNA

NIM researchers from the groups of Friedrich Simmel and Philip Tinnefeld at TU and LMU Munich created a nanoscopic ruler made of DNA.

Posted: Feb 16th, 2010

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Light commands ion channel

Researchers led by Dirk Trauner, a chemist at the University of Munich, have figured out the mechanism by which molecules with the ability to block voltage-gated ion channels can be turned on and off repeatedly by light.

Posted: Feb 16th, 2010

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Attacking cancer cells with hydrogel nanoparticles

Researchers detail a method that uses hydrogels - less than 100 nanometers in size - to sneak a particular type of small interfering RNA (siRNA) into cancer cells. Once in the cell the siRNA turns on the programmed cell death the body uses to kill mutated cells and help traditional chemotherapy do it's job.

Posted: Feb 15th, 2010

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