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Actuators that mimic ice plants

Engineers developing moveable robot components may soon take advantage of a trick plants use. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam and Harvard University in Cambridge (USA) have devised ...

dateJun 30, 2015 in Materials Science
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A most singular nano-imaging technique (Update)

Just as proteins are one of the basic building blocks of biology, nanoparticles can serve as the basic building blocks for next generation materials. In keeping with this parallel between biology and nanotechnology, a proven ...

dateJul 16, 2015 in Nanomaterials
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Structure of 'concrete disease' solved

When bridges, dam walls and other structures made of concrete are streaked with dark cracks after a few decades, the culprit is AAR: the alkali-aggregate reaction. AAR damages concrete structures all over the world and makes ...

dateNov 05, 2015 in Engineering
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Researchers bring to life proteins' motion

Advancing the field of structural biology that underpins how things work in a cell, researchers have identified how proteins change their shape when performing specific functions. The study's fresh insights, published online ...

dateJun 18, 2015 in Biochemistry
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