Advanced Materials

Spider silk ties scientists up in knots

Two years ago, researchers from Iowa State University (USA) published a study which concluded that spider silk conducts heat as well as metals. Now, a team from the University of the Basque Country (Spain) has repeated the ...

dateJan 22, 2014 in Materials Science
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Pushing back against drug-resistant bugs

Some pathogens can adapt to the presence of drugs that would normally be lethal, and such antibiotic-resistant microbes are now the scourge of hospitals worldwide. Discovering new antibiotics is a laborious process, but research ...

dateJan 22, 2014 in Cell & Microbiology
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Harnessing randomness to improve lasers

Randomly arranged items usually have poor optical properties. The rough—or random—surface of a frosted-glass window, for example, obscures the view of an object. The optical industry therefore expends considerable effort ...

dateJan 15, 2014 in Optics & Photonics
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Microprinting leads to low-cost artificial cells

(Phys.org) —Easily manufactured, low-cost artificial cells manufactured using microprinting may one day serve as drug and gene delivery devices and in biomaterials, biotechnology and biosensing applications, according to ...

dateDec 16, 2013 in Biochemistry
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