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How bacteria use nanodrills to kill our cells

A team of scientists has revealed how certain harmful bacteria drill into our cells to kill them. Their study shows how bacterial 'nanodrills' assemble themselves on the outer surfaces of our cells, and includes the first movie of how they then punch holes in the cells' outer membranes.

Posted: Dec 2nd, 2014

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Amyloid-Oligomere: Biologische Nanopartikel im Dienst der Medizin

Bisher haben Amyloid-Proteinkomplexe vor allem als mutmaßliche Alzheimer-Auslöser eher unliebsame Bekanntheit erlangt. Biochemiker und Molekularbiologen aus Ulm und Jena haben nun entdeckt, dass sich diese Komplexe aufgrund ihrer Molekülstruktur aber auch nützlich machen können.

Posted: Dec 2nd, 2014

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Possible diamond-graphene read head for quantum computers

Nitrogen-vacancy centers in diamonds could be used to construct vital components for quantum computers. But hitherto it has been impossible to read optically written information from such systems electronically. Using a graphene layer, researchers have now implemented just such a read unit.

Posted: Dec 1st, 2014

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New material makes water and oil roll off

Car finish, to which no dirt particles adhere, house fronts, from which graffiti paints roll off, and shoes that remain clean on muddy paths - the material 'fluoropore' might make all this possible.

Posted: Nov 28th, 2014

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Organic layer adds light particles

Solar cells can only use photons with energies above a specific threshold to generate electricity. A German-Australian research collaboration has now combined solar cells with an organic material which can 'add up' low-energy photons to yield higher-energy light, which can then be harvested by the solar cell.

Posted: Nov 27th, 2014

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