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  • Non-classical growth of crystals
    How do crystals grow? The answer given in current textbooks is: Layer by layer atoms or molecules settle on an existing crystal surface. The research team Physical Chemistry at the University of Konstanz...
  • New lab for electrochemical interfaces at BESSY II
    The Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) is establishing a joint lab together with the Max Planck Society (MPS) to study electrochemical phenomenon at solid/liquid interfaces. The Berlin Joint Lab for Electrochemical...
  • Open imaging data for biology
    A picture may be worth a thousand words, but only if you understand what you are looking at. The life sciences rely increasingly on 2D, 3D and 4D image data, but its staggering heterogeneity and size make...
  • Research and innovation across EU countries - challenges and developments
    The European Commission's Research and Innovation Observatory (RIO) at the Joint Research Centre has published the 2016 edition of the RIO reports, which assess the evolution of the research and innovation...
  • Launch of new renewable solvents EU projekt
    ReSolve, a €4.3 million EU project focused on replacing traditional, fossil-based solvents, officially launched on June 15th. Led by the University of York, the project consortium is comprised of...
  • Is it possible to reduce resistance to chemotherapy?
    Glioblastomas (GBMs) are considered to be the most malignant and dangerous form of brain tumours. The primary form of treatment of these is chemotherapy, which is at least capable of extending life expectancy....
  • Trailblazer in the field of glyco sciences: 2017 Stifterverband Science Prize
    Sugar offers sweet prospects for the future - even in unexpected areas, such as medicine. Synthetic sugars, for example, are components of novel vaccines against infectious diseases such as multiresistant...
  • Solid-state electrolyte that is able to compete with liquid electrolytes
    Liquid lithium-ion rechargeable batteries are dangerous. They can leak or ignite rapidly if they become overheated. So-called solid-state lithium-ion batteries are a way of reducing these risks. However,...
  • Copper hydroxide nanoparticles provide protection against toxic oxygen radicals in cigarette smoke
    Chemists at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) have developed a technique that reduces the toxic effects of commercially available cigarettes. In spite of the fact that the World Health Organization...
  • Breaking Newton's Law
    In the quantum world, our intuition for moving objects is strongly challenged and may sometimes even completely fail. Experimental physicists of the University of Innsbruck in collaboration with theorists...
  • Observation of the phase transition of liquid crystal defects
    The phase transition of topological defects, which was also the theme of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2016, can be difficult to understand for a layperson but it needs to be studied to understand the...
  • Closing in on the secret of possible new enzymes
    Researchers at Heidelberg University have gained new knowledge on the possible biological function of patellamides. In laboratory experiments, they were able to demonstrate that this natural product displays...
  • How molecules are arranged on surfaces
    Individual pieces of a jigsaw puzzle joined together as if moved by magic - that is what FAU materials researchers imagine when they apply molecules to surfaces to produce materials for new technologies...
  • Developing a data coordination platform for the Human Cell Atlas
    The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) has announced financial support for the Human Cell Atlas, which is using sequencing technology to redefine every cell in the body. Funding and engineering support from...
  • A novel form of iron for fortification of foods
    Around 1.2 billion people worldwide suffer from iron deficiency, with women worse affected than men. In Europe, one in five women around the age of 20 suffers from iron deficiency. Typical symptoms include...
  • Mechanism behind granular capillary effect
    The origin of the granular capillary effect - the rise of sand or other granules in a tube - was a long-standing mystery. Only recently did an international team of physicists succeed in unveiling it....
  • Microchip for ultrafast separation and purification of DNA fragments
    The new chip is capable of fractionating DNA fragments within just a few minutes, while conventional approaches take hours. The chip does this in high resolution and also purifies the fragments; it removes...
  • Realizing molecular robots that work in vivo
    A group of Associate Professor Ryuji Kawano of Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Division of Biotechnology and Life Science, Institute of Engineering, and Associate Professor Masahiro Takinoue...
  • Printed 3D structures based on cellulose nanocrystals
    Empa researchers have succeeded in developing an environmentally friendly ink for 3D printing based on cellulose nanocrystals. This technology can be used to fabricate microstructures with outstanding...
  • A way out of the chromium ban
    To prevent components from becoming corroded or worn, they are often coated using hexavalent chromium. Starting in September of 2017, though, this will only be permitted with exceptions. The extreme high-speed...

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