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Phoenix effect: Resurrected proteins double their natural activity

Scientists found that bringing proteins back to life is not only possible, but can be carried out with an improvement over their original activity. This strange phenomenon owes to a new technique of protein renaturation based on combining thermally denatured proteins (carbonic anhydrase) with a colloid solution of inorganic aluminum oxide nanoparticles.

Posted: Oct 1st, 2015

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At the edge of a quantum gas (w/video)

Scientists have achieved a major milestone in simulating the dynamics of condensed-matter systems - such as the behavior of charged particles in semiconductors and other materials - through manipulation of carefully controlled quantum-mechanical models.

Posted: Sep 30th, 2015

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Nanomachines: Pirouetting in the spotlight

Scientists have developed a new class of molecular motors that rotate unidirectionally at speeds of up to 1 kHz when exposed to sunlight at room temperature. This unique combination of features opens up novel applications in nano-engineering.

Posted: Sep 29th, 2015

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Researchers disguise drugs as platelets to target cancer

Researchers have for the first time developed a technique that coats anticancer drugs in membranes made from a patient's own platelets, allowing the drugs to last longer in the body and attack both primary cancer tumors and the circulating tumor cells that can cause a cancer to metastasize. The work was tested successfully in an animal model.

Posted: Sep 29th, 2015

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