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A tighter fit with artificial DNA

An artificial base that enhances the protein-binding affinity and selectivity of DNA expands the DNA machinery.DNA aptamers are expected to play an important role in the diagnosis and treatment of various cancers and other ...

dateJul 19, 2013 in Biochemistry
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Quantum dots make efficient decisions

Even the simplest forms of life face an endless barrage of decisions—where to search for sustenance, for example, or how to avoid predators. Various mathematical models can mimic these decision-making processes, coming ...

dateNov 22, 2013 in Nanophysics
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Exotic isotopes step on the scale

Elements heavier than iron are believed to have formed in supernovae or merging neutron stars through a series of complex nuclear reactions. Nuclear physicists are working to recreate these reactions by performing simulations, ...

dateSep 06, 2013 in General Physics
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New tool for proton spin

How the particles that constitute a proton give rise to is to its rotation, or ‘spin’, is an intriguing open question of contemporary particle physics. A technique that could provide some answers has been developed ...

dateMay 06, 2011 in General Physics
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The origin of the turtle shell: Mystery solved

A team of RIKEN researchers has finally solved the riddle of how the turtle shell originated. By observing the development of different animal species and confirming their results with fossil analysis and genomic data, researchers ...

dateJul 09, 2013 in Evolution
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