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Cells' 'molecular muscles' help them sense and respond to their environments

Johns Hopkins researchers used suction to learn that individual "molecular muscles" within cells respond to different types of force, a finding that may explain how cells "feel" the environment and appropriately adapt their shapes and activities. A computer model the researchers developed also lets them predict what a cell will do in response to altered levels of those "muscles," a common occurrence in a variety of cancers.

Posted: Oct 21st, 2013

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Controlled arrangement of nanoparticles for improved electrical conductivity

Flexible displays, cost-efficient solar cells for a new era of energy production, futuristic lighting at home - all require thin layers with specific properties. Scientists at the Leibniz Institute for New Materials are exploring new routes to such coatings in NanoSPEKT, a project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Posted: Oct 21st, 2013

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