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Peering into cell structures where neurodiseases emerge

A latticework of tiny tubes called microtubules gives your cells their shape and also acts like a railroad track that essential proteins travel on. But if there is a glitch in the connection between train and track, diseases can occur. Researchers reveal for the first time - atom by atom - the structure of one of these proteins bound to a microtubule.

Posted: Nov 25th, 2015

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Quantum insulation

Two physical phenomena, localization and ergodicity-breaking, are conjoined in new experimental and theoretical work.

Posted: Nov 25th, 2015

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Dimensionality transition in a newly created material

Iron oxides occur in nature in many forms, often significantly different from each other in terms of structure and physical properties. However, a new variety of iron oxide surprised both physicists and engineers, as it revealed features previously unobserved in any other material.

Posted: Nov 25th, 2015

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New 'self-healing' gel makes electronics more flexible

Researchers have developed a first-of-its-kind self-healing gel that repairs and connects electronic circuits, creating opportunities to advance the development of flexible electronics, biosensors and batteries as energy storage devices.

Posted: Nov 25th, 2015

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Turning metals into insulators and back again

Researchers have examined the effect of ultrafast laser pulses on a low temperature superconducting material. Studying the way that light interacts with the superconductor at room temperature - and the effects of laser pulses on the material - gives insight into the change between metals and insulators.

Posted: Nov 25th, 2015

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A sticky breakthrough

In an important step toward creating a practical underwater glue, researchers have designed a synthetic material that combines the key functionalities of interfacial mussel foot proteins, creating a single, low-molecular-weight, one-component adhesive.

Posted: Nov 24th, 2015

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Enroute to a quantum computer

Physicists detect mechanisms in semiconductor nanostructures which can cause stored quantum information to be lost and inhibit this by applying magnetic fields.

Posted: Nov 24th, 2015

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Versatile single-chip sensor for ion detection in fluids

Researchers have demonstrated a prototype of a single-chip electrochemical sensor for simultaneous detection of multiple ions in fluids. The demonstrator paves the way to small-sized and low-cost detection systems for agriculture, healthcare and lifestyle applications, food quality monitoring and water management.

Posted: Nov 24th, 2015

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Inkjet hologram printing with nanocrystalline ink

Vivid holographic images and text can now be produced by means of an ordinary inkjet printer. This new method is expected to significantly reduce the cost and time needed to create the so-called rainbow holograms, commonly used for security purposes - to protect valuable items, such as credit cards and paper currency, from piracy and falsification.

Posted: Nov 24th, 2015

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