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2011-02-13 08:51:32

A unique new probe based on luciferase, the enzyme that gives fireflies their glow, enables researchers to monitor hydrogen peroxide levels in mice and thereby track the progression of infectious diseases or cancerous tumors without harming the animals or even having to shave their fur.

2011-02-09 15:08:43

A combination of rising costs, shrinking supplies, and concerns about global climate change are spurring the development of alternatives to the burning of fossil fuels to meet our transportation energy needs.

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2011-02-08 07:38:20

Using a unique and relatively simple cell-based fluorescent assay they developed, scientists have identified a means by which fluoxetine, the active ingredient in Prozac, suppresses the activity of the TREK1 potassium channel.

2011-02-04 12:07:15

In typical plasmonic devices, electromagnetic waves crowd into tiny metal structures, concentrating energy into nanoscale dimensions.

2011-01-28 22:21:05

A little disorder goes a long way, especially when it comes to harnessing the sun’s energy.

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2011-01-26 10:01:59

Solar cells are made from semiconductors whose ability to respond to light is determined by their band gaps (energy gaps).

2011-01-20 15:01:59

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have coaxed polymers to braid themselves into wispy nanoscale ropes that approach the structural complexity of biological materials.

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2011-01-20 06:10:00

Secrets of mysterious metal hotspots uncovered by new single molecule imaging technique.

2011-01-11 15:08:38

Many futurists envision a world in which polymer membranes with molecular-sized channels are used to capture carbon, produce solar-based fuels, or desalinate sea water, among many other functions.


Word of the Day
coulisse
  • One of the side scenes of the stage in a theater, or the space included between the side scenes.
  • The outside stock exchange, or “curb market,” of Paris.
  • A flute or groove on the blade of a sword.
  • A section of stage scenery placed in a wing of a theatre.
The word 'coulisse' comes from a French word meaning "sliding door".
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