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nanomachines

Nonstop Transport of Cargo in Nanomachines

Moving around, sensing the extracellular environment, and signaling to other cells are important for a cell to function properly. Responsible for those tasks are...
antibiotics

Soil Prospecting Yields Wealth of Potential Antibiotics

Soil, the source of our best antibiotics, can be more thoroughly mined for new drugs and other useful chemicals with the help of metagenomics,...
Tiny Nanomachine

Tiny Nanomachine Successfully Completes Test Drive

Nanomachines include structures of complex proteins and nucleic acids that are powered with chemical energy and can perform directed movements. The principle is known...
nanoscalevideo

Scientists Lay out Why Some Origami Won’t Fold Under Pressure

Scientists and engineers are fascinated by self-folding structures. Imagine the possibilities: Heart stents that unfold in the right location or pop-up tents that assemble...
quantum

Researchers Create Quantum Calculator

Programming a computer is generally a fairly arduous process, involving hours of coding, not to mention the laborious work of debugging, testing, and documenting...
muon detector

Physicists Design $100 Handheld Muon Detector

At any given moment, the Earth’s atmosphere is showered with high-energy cosmic rays that have been blasted from supernovae and other astrophysical phenomena far...
wheat genome

What’s in Your Wheat? Johns Hopkins Scientists Piece Together Genome of...

Johns Hopkins scientists report they have successfully used two separate gene technologies to assemble the most complete genome sequence to date of Triticum aestivum,...
robots

New Approach Uses Light Instead of Robots to Assemble Electronic Components

An international team of researchers has developed a new light-based manipulation method that could one day be used to mass produce electronic components for...
cancer drug

Plastic Nanoparticles Inspired by Nature could Improve Cancer Drug Delivery

UNSW scientists have developed a way to control the shape of polymer molecules so they self-assemble into non-spherical nanoparticles – an advance that could...
aquariums

Tiny Aquariums Put Nanoparticle Self-Assembly on Display

Seeing is believing when it comes to nanoparticle self-assembly. A team of University of Illinois engineers is observing the interactions of colloidal gold nanoparticles...
RNA Delivery

Bio-Inspired Approach to RNA Delivery

By delivering strands of genetic material known as messenger RNA (mRNA) into cells, researchers can induce the cells to produce any protein encoded by...
soft robotsvideo

New Soft Robots Really Suck

This new robot sucks: to move, air has to be sucked out of its individual components. Inspired by muscle contraction, its individual soft components...
silicon chip

Making an Ultra-small Silicon “Chip”

Finding new ways to make better materials for electronic circuits is one way to make a better device. A new polymer, called poly(cyclosilane) (bottom...
supramolecular

Supramolecular Materials with a Time Switch

Materials that assemble themselves and then simply disappear at the end of their lifetime are quite common in nature. Researchers at the Technical University...
glass sea sponge

Bio-inspired Materials: Borrowing from Nature’s Playbook

Nature provides myriad examples of unique materials and structures developed for specialized applications or adaptations. An interdisciplinary group of researchers at the U.S. Department...
Protein Fibers

Researchers Offer New Explanation for Why Protein Fibers Form

Alzheimer’s disease results from a dysfunctional stacking of protein molecules that form long fibers inside brain cells. Similar stacking occurs in sickle-cell anemia and mad cow...
nanoparticles

No Assembly Required: Nanoparticles that Put Themselves Together

When you bring a box home from the furniture store, you don't expect the screws, slats, and other pieces to magically converge into a...
corals

Mushroom-like Corals Get Their Genomes Mapped

Mushroom polyps. Elephant ear corals. Disc anemones. Whatever you want to call them—scientists prefer corallimorphs—these aquarium invertebrates are among the closest known relatives to...
magnetic skyrmion

Magnetic Curve Balls

The ScienceSaving data to your computer’s memory takes energy. The magnetic textures of skyrmions could lead to power-saving options. Skyrmions are uncharged circular structures...
E. coli bacteria

E. Coli Bacteria’s Defense Secret Revealed

By tagging a cell’s proteins with fluorescent beacons, Cornell researchers have found out how E. coli bacteria defend themselves against antibiotics and other poisons....