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Spider webs yield clues to stickier glues

Spider webs are notoriously sticky. Although they only take a second to swat down, shaking them off your hands can be an exercise in frustration. But that stubborn tackiness could come in handy when designing smart synthetic ...

dateNov 18, 2015 in Materials Science
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3-D mapping a new drug-delivery tool

Cubosomes are small biological 'capsules' that can deliver molecules of nutrients or drugs with high efficiency. They have a highly symmetrical interior made of tiny cubes of assembled fat molecules similar to the ones in ...

dateNov 17, 2015 in Materials Science
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The molecular breakdance of seeing

The detection of light by pigments in the retina, called rhodopsin or visual purple, leads to our sense of vision. New experiments by scientists from the Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter and the ...

dateNov 16, 2015 in Materials Science
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Primordial goo used to improve implants

Australia's national science research organisation, CSIRO, has developed an innovative new coating that could be used to improve medical devices and implants, thanks to a "goo" thought to be have been home to the building ...

dateNov 16, 2015 in Materials Science
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Enigmatic lichen-derived compound synthesized

Researchers at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich report the first biomimetic chemical synthesis of portentol, a natural product found in lichens. The synthesis confirms a biosynthetic hypothesis that explains how portentol ...

dateNov 13, 2015 in Materials Science
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