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Proteins assemble and disassemble on command

Scientists have deciphered the genetic code that instructs proteins to either self-assemble or disassemble in response to environmental stimuli, such as changes in temperature, salinity or acidity. The discovery provides a new platform for drug delivery systems and an entirely different view of cellular functions.

Posted: Sep 21st, 2015

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Darwin on a chip

Researchers have demonstrated working electronic circuits that have been produced in a radically new way, using methods that resemble Darwinian evolution.

Posted: Sep 21st, 2015

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Measuring machines for the nanoscale

The NanoCMM project set out to develop the technology needed for a universal coordinate measuring machines (CMM) that could measure to an accuracy of 50 to 200 nanometres in all three dimensions over a volume several centimetres across.

Posted: Sep 18th, 2015

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Nano-thin invisibility cloak makes 3D objects disappear (w/video)

Invisibility cloaks are a staple of science fiction and fantasy, from Star Trek to Harry Potter, but don't exist in real life, or do they? Scientists have devised an ultra-thin invisibility 'skin' cloak that can conform to the shape of an object and conceal it from detection with visible light. Although this cloak is only microscopic in size, the principles behind the technology should enable it to be scaled-up to conceal macroscopic items as well.

Posted: Sep 18th, 2015

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Carbyne research may boost nanoelectronics

Scientists have investigated a way to create linear chains of carbon atoms from laser-melted graphite. The material, called carbyne, could have a number of novel properties, including the ability to adjust the amount of electrical current traveling through a circuit, depending on the user's needs.

Posted: Sep 18th, 2015

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