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Revealing the inner workings of a molecular motor

Scientists have made important steps toward understanding how dynein - a 'molecular motor' - walks along tube-like structures in the cell to move cellular cargo from the outer structures toward the cell body of neurons.

Posted: Jan 12th, 2015

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Graphene plasmons go ballistic

Graphene combined with the insulting power of boron nitride enables light control in tiny circuits with dramatically reduced energy loss.

Posted: Jan 12th, 2015

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A semiconductor from the hot plate

Scientists have been successful in their search for new, better materials to produce organic semiconductors. Their latest development has even broken a world record: It is a better electricity conductor than all other comparable materials.

Posted: Jan 12th, 2015

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'Batman' leads way to superfast and precise data storage

With a surprising discovery, an international team of scientists demonstrates the feasibility of selective magnetization switching inside a microstructure by using laser light. Their findings open opportunities for very-high-density information storage media.

Posted: Jan 12th, 2015

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Upside down, boy you turn me - Nanophotonic hybridization of atoms and opals

Scientists have recently infiltrated cesium atoms in a self-assembled opal to create a hybrid nanophotonic system. By tuning the opal's forbidden gap relative to the atomic resonance, dra­matic changes are observed in reflectivity. In the most extreme case, the atomic reflection spectrum is turned upside down compared to the traditional case.

Posted: Jan 12th, 2015

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Toward quantum chips

Packing single-photon detectors on an optical chip is a crucial step toward quantum-computational circuits.

Posted: Jan 9th, 2015

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A repulsive hydrogel

In a world-first achievement, scientists have developed a new hydrogel whose properties are dominated by electrostatic repulsion, rather than attractive interactions.

Posted: Jan 9th, 2015

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