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New tool for investigating RNA gone awry

RNA is a fundamental ingredient in all known forms of life—so when RNA goes awry, a lot can go wrong. RNA misregulation plays a critical role in the development of many disorders, such as mental disability, autism and cancer.

dateJul 20, 2015 in Cell & Microbiology
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Learning from biology to accelerate discovery

A spider's web is one of the most intricate constructions in nature, but its precious silk has more than one use. Silk threads can be used as draglines, guidelines, anchors, pheromonal trails, nest lining, or even food. And ...

dateJul 06, 2015 in Materials Science
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Nature inspires first artificial molecular pump

Using nature for inspiration, a team of Northwestern University scientists is the first to develop an entirely artificial molecular pump, in which molecules pump other molecules. This tiny machine is no small feat. The pump ...

dateMay 19, 2015 in Nanophysics
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A new look at surface chemistry

For the first time in the long and vaunted history of scanning electron microscopy, the unique atomic structure at the surface of a material has been resolved. This landmark in scientific imaging was made possible by a new ...

dateJun 17, 2015 in Nanophysics
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