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Students build carbon nanostructures in hypergravity

A Spin Your Thesis! experiment has shown that carbon nano materials are built differently under conditions of hypergravity. These results are useful for understanding the synthesis of carbon nano structures and the behaviour of gliding arc discharges.

May 7th, 2014

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Spotting phase changes triggered by impurities

'What a curious feeling', says Alice in Lewis Carroll's tale, as she shrinks to a fraction of her size, and everything around her suddenly looks totally unfamiliar. Scientists too have to get used to these curious feelings when they examine matter on tiny scales and at low temperatures: all the behavior we are used to seeing around us is turned on its head.

May 7th, 2014

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DNA nanotechnology clamping down on cancer-causing mutations

An international research team has built molecular 'clamps' out of DNA that offer a powerful new tool for identifying individuals with an increased risk of cancer. The clamp is capable of detecting genetic mutations, associated with cancer and other genetic diseases, with better specificity and affinity than more traditional techniques.

May 6th, 2014

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Graphene chemical sensor could unlock anesthesia's secrets

Researchers created an artificial chemical sensor based on one of the human body's most important receptors - one that is critical in the action of painkillers and anesthetics. In these devices, the receptors' activation produces an electrical response rather than a biochemical one, allowing that response to be read out by a computer.

May 6th, 2014

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