Archive: 05/10/2010

Model unfolds proteins gently

Protein molecules inside cells are constantly reorganizing themselves, driven by very tiny forces exerted by all the other molecules in their crowded environment. Most experimental techniques and theoretical/computational ...

dateOct 05, 2010 in Other
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Mice with human body's defenses

Therapeutic antibodies can be an efficient alternative when common drugs do not work anymore. However, antibodies obtained from blood of animals such as mice could not be used: The human immune system recognizes them as ...

dateOct 05, 2010 in Medical research
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Anti-tumor drugs tested by microfluidic device

A prototype device developed in Hong Kong will allow laboratory researchers to non-invasively test drugs for their ability to kill tumors by subjecting cancerous cells with different concentration gradients. The new device ...

dateOct 05, 2010 in Biochemistry
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For future chips, smaller must also be better

The explosion of portable communication devices that we enjoy today -- such as cell and smart phones, Bluetooth hands-free units, and wireless Internet networks -- has resulted in part from the development of a wide variety ...

dateOct 05, 2010 in Condensed Matter
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Bricks made with wool

Spanish and Scottish researchers have added wool fibres to the clay material used to make bricks and combined these with an alginate, a natural polymer extracted from seaweed. The result is bricks that are stronger and more ...

dateOct 05, 2010 in Engineering
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Blind inventors revolutionize computer access

For many blind people, computers are inaccessible. It can cost upwards of $1000 to purchase "screen reader" software, but two blind computer programmers from Australia have solved this problem.

dateOct 05, 2010 in Software
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