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How do you make a greasy protein?

Every cell is encapsulated and protected by a thin membrane made of greasy molecules called lipids. Assemblies of equally greasy protein molecules span the membrane, forming passageways that control the flow ...

dateJan 07, 2015 in Cell & Microbiology
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Sometimes the average just isn't good enough

Computational biologists from the Max F. Perutz Laboratories of the University of Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna show that averaging is not always a good thing when it comes to analyzing protein ...

dateFeb 10, 2014 in Biochemistry
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Building bridges between nanowires

Place a layer of gold only a few atoms high on a surface bed of germanium, apply heat to it, and wires will form of themselves. Gold-induced wires is what Mocking prefers to call them. Not 'gold wires', as ...

dateSep 20, 2013 in Nanophysics
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Breaking the code of royal purple

Royal purple, the color of robes swathing the emperors of Rome, ancient kings and high priests, and prized for its richness of hue and a brightness that wouldn't fade, has long carried its own molecular mystery.

dateAug 30, 2013 in Materials Science
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Building 3-D fractals on a nano scale

It starts with one 3D structure with eight planes, an octahedron. This repeats itself to smaller octahedra: 625 after just four steps. At every corner of a new octahedron, a successive octahedron is formed. ...

dateMay 31, 2013 in Nanophysics
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Spheres can form squares

Everybody who has tried to stack oranges in a box knows that a regular packing of spheres in a flat layer naturally leads to a hexagonal pattern, where each sphere is surrounded by six neighbours in a honeycomb-like ...

dateMay 24, 2013 in Soft Matter
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The enduring mystery of snowflakes

Who hasn't caught a snowflake in a mitten and marveled at its starlike detail, and then recalled that no two snowflakes are alike? But these crystals of ice are even more different than one might imagine - ...

dateDec 28, 2011 in General Physics
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