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DNA 'origami' could help build faster, cheaper computer chips

Electronics manufacturers constantly hunt for ways to make faster, cheaper computer chips, often by cutting production costs or by shrinking component sizes. Now, researchers report that DNA, the genetic material of life, might help accomplish this goal when it is formed into specific shapes through a process reminiscent of the ancient art of paper folding.

Posted: Mar 13th, 2016

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Nanomotors could help electronics fix themselves

As electronics grow ever more intricate, so must the tools required to fix them. Anticipating this challenge, scientists turned to the body's immune system for inspiration and have now built self-propelled nanomotors that can seek out and repair tiny scratches to electronic systems.

Posted: Mar 13th, 2016

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Soap bubbles for treating stenosed blood vessels

Liposomes are currently used as drug delivery vehicles but recognized by the immune system. Scientists have now shown that special artificial liposomes do not elicit any reaction in human and porcine sera as well as pigs.

Posted: Mar 11th, 2016

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A foldable material that can change size, volume and shape

Researchers have designed a new type of foldable material that is versatile, tunable and self actuated. It can change size, volume and shape; it can fold flat to withstand the weight of an elephant without breaking, and pop right back up to prepare for the next task.

Posted: Mar 11th, 2016

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Tuning in to soft vibrations

Details about the structure and properties of metal cluster complexes have been revealed thanks to a new spectroscopy method.

Posted: Mar 11th, 2016

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