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Molecular beacons shine light on how cells 'crawl'
Adherent cells, the kind that form the architecture of all multi-cellular organisms, are mechanically engineered with precise forces that allow them to move around and stick to things. Proteins called integrin ...
Researchers find ferns communicate with one another to decide gender
Team reveals molecular structure of water at gold electrodes
When a solid material is immersed in a liquid, the liquid immediately next to its surface differs from that of the bulk liquid at the molecular level. This interfacial layer is critical to our understanding ...
New microscope collects dynamic images of the molecules that animate life
Over the last decade, powerful new microscopes have dramatically sharpened biologists' focus on the molecules that animate and propel life. Now, a new imaging platform developed by Eric Betzig and colleagues ...
Microscopic "walkers" find their way across cell surfaces
Nature has developed a wide variety of methods for guiding particular cells, enzymes, and molecules to specific structures inside the body: White blood cells can find their way to the site of an infection, ...
Organic molecules in Titan's atmosphere are intriguingly skewed
(Phys.org) —While studying the atmosphere on Saturn's moon Titan, scientists discovered intriguing zones of organic molecules unexpectedly shifted away from its north and south poles. These misaligned features ...
Oldest DNA ever found sheds light on humans' global trek
Scientists said Wednesday they had unravelled the oldest DNA ever retrieved from a Homo sapiens bone, a feat that sheds light on modern humans' colonisation of the planet.
Goofy dinosaur blends Barney and Jar Jar Binks (w/ Video)
Nearly 50 years ago, scientists found bones of two large, powerful dinosaur arms in Mongolia and figured they had discovered a fearsome critter with killer claws.
Two families of comets found around nearby star Beta Pictoris
Beta Pictoris is a young star located about 63 light-years from the Sun. It is only about 20 million years old and is surrounded by a huge disc of material—a very active young planetary system where gas ...
LCD technology maintains 3D images it displays without drawing power
At first glance, the static, greyscale display created by a group of researchers from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, China might not catch the eye of a thoughtful consumer in a market ...
Computer scientists can predict the price of Bitcoin
Scientists have crunched data to predict crime, hospital visits, and government uprisings—so why not the price of Bitcoin?