News tagged with natural materials

A quantum of light for materials science

Computer simulations that predict the light-induced change in the physical and chemical properties of complex systems, molecules, nanostructures and solids usually ignore the quantum nature of light. Scientists of the Max-Planck ...

dateDec 01, 2015 in Quantum Physics
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Ants: Both solid-like and liquid-like

Collections of ants have a remarkable ability to change shapes and tasks based on the demands of their environment. When floodwaters hit, they self-assemble and form rafts to stay alive. They can also use their bodies to ...

dateOct 26, 2015 in Materials Science
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Proteins assemble and disassemble on command

Scientists have deciphered the genetic code that instructs proteins to either self-assemble or disassemble in response to environmental stimuli, such as changes in temperature, salinity or acidity. The discovery provides ...

dateSep 21, 2015 in Polymers
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