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Bacterial guests double as bodyguards

The bacterium Escherichia coli can be a scientist’s best friend when it’s being used as a tool for biological research, but some strains of it are better known for their nasty effects on humans as a causative agent ...

dateMay 04, 2011 in Cell & Microbiology
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The new kid on the block

In synthetic chemistry, ‘carbene’ species—compounds bearing a carbon atom with two unpaired electrons—have a ferocious reputation. Left uncontrolled, they will react with almost any molecule ...

dateJun 03, 2011 in Materials Science
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Sharpening the focus of microscopes

A new advanced imaging scheme—with a resolution ten times better than that of its counterparts to date—can resolve objects as small as atoms1. Previously, the maximum resolution of optical instruments, including ...

dateDec 02, 2011 in General Physics
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