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Prion busting molecules

Newly developed self-illuminating polymers have been intentionally designed with the ability to home in on toxic prions and render them harmless, offering the potential to cure fatal nerve-destroying illnesses.

Posted: Jun 15th, 2012

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Measuring quantum dimensions

A new study from the ICFO (Institute of Photonic Sciences) in Barcelona and the University of Bristol has demonstrated how the dimension of an unknown quantum system can be assessed from measurement data alone.

Posted: Jun 15th, 2012

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Frequency comb helps evaluate novel biomedical decontamination method

Researchers at JILA, operated jointly by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Colorado Boulder, are using a frequency comb to identify specific molecules in gases based on which colors of light, or comb "teeth", are absorbed by the gas, and in what amounts.

Posted: Jun 14th, 2012

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Unlocking the nanoscale secrets of bird-feather colors

A new X-ray analysis of the structure of feathers from 230 bird species, led by Vinod Saranathan of Oxford University's Department of Zoology, has revealed the nanostructures behind certain colours of feather, structures that could inspire new photonic devices.

Posted: Jun 14th, 2012

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