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Adhesion ABC

Scientists have discovered the universal building blocks that cells use to form initial connections with the surrounding environment. These early adhesions have a consistent size of 100 nanometres, are made up of a cluster of around 50 integrin proteins and are the same even when the surrounding surface is hard or soft.

Jan 6th, 2016

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Scientists call for new tools to explore the world's microbiomes

In October, an interdisciplinary group of scientists proposed forming a Unified Microbiome Initiative to explore the world of microorganisms that are central to life on Earth and yet largely remain a mystery. An article describes the tools scientists will need to understand how microbes interact with each other and with us.

Jan 6th, 2016

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Leaf-mimicking device harnesses light to purify water

For years, scientists have been pursuing ways to imitate a leaf's photosynthetic power to make hydrogen fuel from water and sunlight. In a new twist, a team has come up with another kind of device that mimics two of a leaf's processes to harness solar energy to purify water.

Jan 6th, 2016

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Nanowalls for smartphones

Researchers have now used 3D print technology to create a new type of transparent electrode, which takes the form of a grid made of gold or silver 'nanowalls' on a glass surface. The walls are so thin that they can hardly be seen with the naked eye.

Jan 6th, 2016

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