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Helping robots learn to walk

Fully autonomous robots could transform the way we live, but so far such machines remain beyond the reach of our most advanced technologies. Existing robots are generally limited to performing simple, well-structured ...

dateFeb 28, 2014 in Robotics
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Solving a complex protein problem

Many proteins undergo processing within cellular compartments called the endoplasmic reticulum and the Golgi apparatus. Transit between these structures is facilitated by transport vesicles, which bubble ...

dateFeb 14, 2014 in Biochemistry
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Stress gives cells a 'second childhood'

What doesn't kill cells may make them stronger—or considerably more flexible, at least. New findings from Haruko Obokata of the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology in Kobe and Charles Vacanti at Brigham ...

dateFeb 10, 2014 in Cell & Microbiology
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Capturing a fleeting starburst

On 11 November 2011, astronomers witnessed a distant star erupt in an incredibly powerful explosion. An international research team including Mikio Morii and colleagues from the MAXI Team at the RIKEN Global ...

dateJan 31, 2014 in Astronomy
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Faster cell mixing leads to larger plants

The contents of plant cells undergo continuous mixing by a process known as cytoplasmic streaming. Yet although this process was discovered more than 200 years ago, its exact purpose has remained unclear. ...

dateJan 24, 2014 in Biotechnology
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Laser-induced damage in focus

The transformation of infrared light to a different wavelength, such as visible light, is important in many applications. Some of the most efficient semiconductor lasers operate in the infrared region of ...

dateJan 17, 2014 in General Physics
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Finding meaning in gene expression 'noise'

Static models of gene regulation networks are inevitably oversimplified, indicating how one gene specifically switches certain target genes on while turning others off. However, the reality is much more dynamic ...

dateJan 10, 2014 in Biotechnology
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Tracing the protein assembly line

Many newly synthesized proteins undergo a sequence of enzymatic modifications that enable them to do their jobs better. This process occurs within a series of membrane-bound structures called 'cisternae' ...

dateDec 20, 2013 in Cell & Microbiology
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