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First visualisation of the DNA double helix in water

Though the double helix has become iconic for our molecular-scale understanding of life, thus far no-one has ever "seen" the double helix of an individual double-stranded DNA in its natural environment, i.e, salty water. Dr Carl Leung and a team of international collaborators led by Dr Bart Hoogenboom at the London Centre for Nanotechnology (LCN) have now done just that.

Jul 3rd, 2012

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How to shoot ultrafast electrons

A group of theorists at the Center for Free-Electron Laser Science (CFEL) at DESY have simulated the interaction of light and dynamic matter and found out that the obtained diffraction patterns substantially deviate from the common notion of an image of the instantaneous electron density being encoded in the scattering pattern, i.e. the question of where the electrons are located at a particular instant of time, and that they encode information on the electron motion directly.

Jul 3rd, 2012

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Researchers create 'rubber-band electronics'

Researchers at the McCormick School of Engineering, working with a team of scientists from the United States and abroad, have recently developed a design that allows electronics to bend and stretch to more than 200 percent their original size, four times greater than is possible with today's technology. The key is a combination of a porous polymer and liquid metal.

Jul 2nd, 2012

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Scientists unlock some key secrets of photosynthesis

New research led by chemists in the Baruch '60 Center for Biochemical Solar Energy Research at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is seeking to detail the individual steps of highly efficient reactions that convert sunlight into chemical energy within plants and bacteria.

Jul 2nd, 2012

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Research paves the way for accurate manufacturing of complex parts for aerospace and car industries

Producing strong, lightweight and complex parts for car manufacturing and the aerospace industry is set to become cheaper and more accurate thanks to a new technique developed by engineers from the University of Exeter. The research team has developed a new method for making three-dimensional aluminium composite parts by mixing a combination of relatively inexpensive powders.

Jul 2nd, 2012

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A novel principle of seeded free electron lasers

Scientists at Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics (SINAP), Chinese Academy of Sciences demonstrated a novel principle of seeded free electron lasers, Echo-Enabled Harmonic Generation (EEHG) on Shanghai Deep UV Free Electron Laser (SDUV-FEL) facility.

Jul 2nd, 2012

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Making the shortest light bursts leads to better understanding of nature

An attosecond is a ridiculously brief sliver of time - a scant billionth of a billionth of a second. This may seem too short to have any practical applications, but at the atomic level, where electrons zip and jump about, these vanishingly short timescales are crucial to a deeper understanding of science.

Jun 30th, 2012

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