News tagged with mirror

Taming the molecule's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Many organic molecules are non-superimposable with their mirror image. The two forms of such a molecule are called enantiomers and can have different properties in biological systems. The problem is to control which enantiomer ...

dateJun 14, 2011 in Materials Science
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Organic chemistry: Amino acids made easy

Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins. There are 22 different amino acids and they can combine in a myriad ways to form a vast array of proteins. All amino acids except glycine are chiral molecules, ...

dateMay 04, 2011 in Biochemistry
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The brain against words in the mirror

Most people can read texts reflected in a mirror slowly and with some effort, but a team of scientists from the Basque Centre on Cognition, Brain and Language (BCBL) has shown for the first time that we can ...

dateMar 31, 2011 in Neuroscience
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Space telescope's beryllium mirrors

There are heavy metal videos, and now there's a "Not so heavy metal video." This one isn't about music however, it's about beryllium, the primary ingredient in making state-of-the-art mirrors for the next ...

dateJan 14, 2011 in Space Exploration
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