Research Highlights

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Dec 15, 2017
Helping the body clock keep its cool
Two parallel temperature-responsive mechanisms ensure that circadian rhythms are not skewed by changes in temperature
Dec 15, 2017
How bacteria avoid poisoning themselves
Scientists have found how bacteria rid themselves of a toxic metabolic by-product—a finding that could aid the development of antimicrobial drugs
Dec 08, 2017
Solar cells with a quantum shift
A quantum-mechanical way of generating photocurrents may help solar devices overcome existing inefficiencies
Dec 01, 2017
Molecular structure of elongation complex essential for DNA transcription determined
The newly revealed structure of a key complex involved in copying DNA will lead to a better understanding of the process
Nov 28, 2017
Spins line up for data duty
Electric fields produced by structural mismatches between two materials could be harnessed to manage data in spintronic devices
Nov 24, 2017
New-wave spintronics comes to light
Successful injection of tiny ripples into ultrathin magnetic films holds promise for computer chips that never overheat
Nov 17, 2017
Quantum dots mark the spot
Small connecting proteins are the key to easy-to-make probes for biomedical imaging
Nov 10, 2017
Transfer of epigenetic information found to involve a DNA replication protein
A DNA replication protein helps copy chemical tags to newly synthesized genetic material
Nov 10, 2017
The workings of a gene silencer
A protein that silences genes by packing DNA into an inactive form is guided into place by RNA
Nov 10, 2017
Measuring the unmeasurable
Virtual excitations, which are typically hidden, can be revealed by the pressure they exert on a movable mirror
Oct 20, 2017
Positive result for cuprate superconductor
High-temperature superconductivity may be linked to the low-energy pairing of holes on oxygen sites
Oct 13, 2017
Jupiter’s volcano-powered auroral lights
NASA’s Juno spacecraft has helped explain how volcanoes on the moon Io spew particles that are flung out by Jupiter’s magnetic field, before rebounding back. A high-speed atmospheric encounter on the return leg creates the Red Giant’s once mysterious transient auroras.
Oct 13, 2017
Spectroscopy gets to the point
A sharp metallic tip enables absorption spectroscopy with unprecedented spatial resolution and sensitivity
Oct 06, 2017
A smarter way to screen molecular libraries
Large-scale screening of mutant yeast strains allows researchers to home in on and assign functions to biologically active chemical compounds
Sep 29, 2017
Polarized polymer becomes a team player
Rare-earth metal catalyst produces a functional polymer that could find use in high-performance composite materials
Sep 22, 2017
Watching enzymes inhale
X-ray laser pulses track the motions of a cellular respiration enzyme on a nanosecond scale
Sep 22, 2017
Useful new supramolecular polymer responds to heat and alcohol
An intriguing new plastic that forms by either cooling or heating its components in alcohol promises numerous applications
Sep 15, 2017
Innovative electronics feels like a second skin
Sensors made from stretchable nanomeshes allow patients’ skin to breathe naturally while continuously monitoring their health
Sep 15, 2017
Measuring morphogenesis of organs
A new statistical-based method provides insight into how developing organs morph into their mature shapes
Sep 08, 2017
Labeled propargyl esters promise to help diagnose and treat tumors
A selective chemical reaction that spotlights cancer cells could also facilitate precisely targeted treatments