Daily Archives: February 17, 2012

Physicists discover evidence of rare hypernucleus


Physicists in Italy have discovered the first evidence of a rare nucleus that doesn’t exist in nature and lives for just 10-10 seconds before decaying. It’s a type of hypernucleus that, like all nuclei, contains an assortment of neutrons and … Continue reading

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‘DNA robot’ targets cancer cells


Scientists have developed and tested a “DNA robot” that delivers payloads such as drug molecules to specific cells. The container was made using a method called DNA origami, in which long DNA chains are folded in a prescribed way. Then, so-called aptamers … Continue reading

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New molecular map created


A team of scientists from The Scripps Research Institute, collaborating with members of the drug discovery company Receptos, has created the first high-resolution virtual image of cellular structures called S1P1 receptors, which are critical in controlling the onset and progression … Continue reading

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Gecko glue holds up 700 pounds


For years, biologists have been amazed by the power of gecko feet, which let these 5-ounce lizards produce an adhesive force roughly equivalent to carrying nine pounds up a wall without slipping. Now, a team of polymer scientists and a … Continue reading

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