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May 6, 2015

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May 6, 2015

Shedding Light on Rods: Novel Technique to Investigate the Activity of These Retinal Cells

May 5, 2015 — By using 'unusual' optic fibres in a novel fashion, an international team of researchers scrutinized the response to light of rods, the light-sensitive cells of the retina, and demonstrated ... read more

May 1, 2015 — Synthetic microscopic beads sense changes in their environment and self-propel to migrate upstream, a step toward the realization of biomimetic microsystems with the ability to sense and respond to ... read more

May 1, 2015 — A novel, truly biocompatible alginate hydrogel has been developed that can be synthesized using 'click chemistry' towards better delivery of drugs, growth factors and living cells for ... read more

May 1, 2015 — A safe surgical clip that dissolves, which is absorbed by the body after a certain period of time, has been created by researchers. Clinical use of this clip is expected because it can reduce the ... read more

Apr. 30, 2015 — High-resolution imaging of plant cells is important in many plant studies, and the most commonly used method is scanning electron microscopy (SEM). But SEM can have limitations, including damage to ... read more

Apr. 30, 2015 — A new study demonstrates that perovskite materials - superefficient crystal structures that have recently taken the scientific community by storm - contain flaws that can be engineered to improve ... read more

Apr. 30, 2015 — Scientists have identified key mechanisms of the aging process of catalyst particles that are used to refine crude oil into gasoline. This advance could lead to more efficient gasoline ... read more

Apr. 30, 2015 — A quantum state predicted by the Russian theoretician Vitaly Efimov 40 years ago has been discovered by physicists in a molecule consisting of three helium atoms. The molecule is of enormous spatial ... read more

Waking Proteins Up from Deep Sleep to Study Their Motions

Apr. 30, 2015 — In order to carry out their functions, proteins need to move. Scientists have developed a new technique to study motions in proteins with unprecedented accuracy. The method, which is based on NMR, ... read more

Apr. 30, 2015 — Researchers have experimentally identified a pointlike monopole in a quantum field for the first time. The discovery gives scientists insight into the monopole magnet, an elementary particle that ... read more

Apr. 30, 2015 — Scientists have developed a portable invisibility cloak that can be taken into classrooms and used for demonstrations. It can't hide a human, but it can make small objects disappear from sight ... read more

Apr. 30, 2015 — If you want to manufacture single prototypes or small-scale production series, 3D-printed forms may be the way to ... read more

Apr. 30, 2015 — Synchrotron radiation facilities provide insights into the world of very small structures like microbes, viruses or nanomaterials and rely on dedicated magnet technology, which is optimized to ... read more

Apr. 30, 2015 — Introducing flaws into liquid crystals by inserting microspheres and then controlling them with electrical fields: that, in a nutshell, is the rationale behind a method that could be exploited for a ... read more

Apr. 29, 2015 — Researchers have developed a new high-speed camera that can record events at a rate of more than 1-trillion-frames-per-second. That speed is more than one thousand times faster than conventional ... read more

Artificial Photosynthesis Could Help Make Fuels, Plastics and Medicine

Apr. 29, 2015 — The global industrial sector accounts for more than half of the total energy used every year. Now scientists are inventing a new artificial photosynthetic system that could one day reduce ... read more

Apr. 29, 2015 — Since most foam materials are made of petrochemical plastics, they aren’t very climate-friendly. But now an alternative is in sight – a novel foam material produced entirely from wood, which is ... read more

Apr. 28, 2015 — Building on their creation of the first-ever mechanical device that can measure the mass of individual molecules, one at a time, scientists have created nanodevices that can also reveal their ... read more

Apr. 28, 2015 — Scientists and engineers have reported the direct detection of cyclotron radiation from individual electrons. They used a specially developed spectroscopic method that allowed them to measure the ... read more

Bacteria in Medical Implants on Purpose? Opening the Way to Living Implants

Apr. 28, 2015 — Supramolecular chemistry is the science that is concerned with molecular self-assembly: chemical building blocks which, when you combine them, naturally form larger ordered structures. Researchers ... read more

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