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Putting the squeeze on rare earth metals

(PhysOrg.com) -- Rare-earth metals are a series of elements that represent one of the final frontiers of chemical exploration. The vigorous reactivity of these substances, however, has made it difficult for researchers to ...

dateApr 15, 2011 in Materials Science
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Optics get magnetic powers

For decades, scientists have studied a class of materials called ‘multiferroics’ in which static electric and magnetic structures are coupled to each other. This allows capabilities such as controlling magnetic ...

dateFeb 03, 2012 in General Physics
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Shaping up for cell division

The shape of chromosomes is determined by the relative levels of key protein complexes, research conducted by Keishi Shintomi and Tatsuya Hirano of the RIKEN Advanced Science Institute has shown.

dateNov 04, 2011 in Cell & Microbiology
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Algal proteins light the way

Channelrhodopsins (ChRs) are remarkable proteins that respond to specific wavelengths of light by allowing ions to cross the cell membrane, a mechanism that makes them useful for manipulating ion-driven processes in the brain. ...

dateJun 08, 2012 in Cell & Microbiology
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