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Physicists Use 20 Single Atoms To Create Smallest Swiss Cross
2014-07-17 03:17:29

University of Basel The manipulation of atoms has reached a new level: Together with teams from Finland and Japan, physicists from the University of Basel were able to place 20 single atoms on a fully insulated surface at room temperature to form the smallest "Swiss cross", thus taking a big step towards next generation atomic-scale storage devices. The academic journal Nature Communications has published their results. Ever since the 1990s, physicists have been able to directly...

2014-07-01 15:14:56

Universitat Basel The risk of developing cancer increases with age. Factors like smoking and regular aspirin use also affect the risk of cancer – although in the opposite sense. Researchers from the University of Basel were now able to show that aspirin use and smoking both influence aging processes of the female genome that are connected to colorectal cancer. The Journal of the National Cancer Institute has published their results. Already in the 1990s, scientists discovered that...

Scientists Grow Cartilage To Reconstruct Nose
2014-04-11 13:17:11

University of Basel Scientists at the University of Basel report first ever successful nose reconstruction surgery using cartilage grown in the laboratory. Cartilage cells were extracted from the patient's nasal septum, multiplied and expanded onto a collagen membrane. The so-called engineered cartilage was then shaped according to the defect and implanted. The results will be published in the current edition of the academic journal The Lancet. A research team from the University of...

Climate Warming Changes Distribution Of Plants And Animals
2014-01-09 13:39:54

University of Basel Swiss plants, butterflies and birds have moved 8 to 42 meters uphill between 2003 and 2010, as scientists from the University of Basel write in the online journal "Plos One". Climate warming is changing the distribution of plants and animals worldwide. Recently it was shown that in the past two decades, European bird and butterfly communities have moved on average 37 and 114 kilometers to the north, respectively. Tobias Roth and Valentin Amrhein from the...

Researchers Observe High Energy Losses In Vicinity Of Charge Density Waves
2013-12-16 07:29:11

University of Basel In collaboration with the University of Basel, an international team of researchers has observed a strong energy loss caused by frictional effects in the vicinity of charge density waves. This may have practical significance in the control of nanoscale friction. The results have been published in the scientific journal Nature Materials. Friction is often seen as an adverse phenomenon that leads to wear and causes energy loss. Conversely, however, too little friction...

2013-11-04 16:03:42

Physicists at the University of Basel have been successful in generating photons - the quantum particles of light – with only one color. This is useful for quantum information. The scientists have actively stabilized the wavelength of the photons emitted by a semiconductor thereby neutralizing the charge noise in the semiconductor. The results were developed in close collaboration with the Universities of Bochum, Paderborn and Lyon and have been published in the magazine Physical Review X....

Glacial History Affects Alpine Plant's Shape And Growth Habit
2013-10-17 08:17:50

University of Basel During the Ice Ages the European Alps were covered by a thick layer of ice. Climate fluctuations led to great changes in the occurrences of plants: They survived the cold periods in refugia on the periphery of the Alps which they then repopulated after the ice had drawn back. Such processes in the history of the earth can be detected by molecular analysis as "genetic fingerprints": refugia and colonization routes can be identified as genetic groups within the plant...

More Human Intelligence Comes With A Price
2011-12-08 06:45:18

When researchers asked why we are not more intelligent, given the adaptive evolutionary process, their conclusion was that problems would arise if we had too much intelligence. Thomas Hills of the University of Warwick and Ralph Hertwig of the University of Basel looked at a wide range of studies including drug studies of Ritalin patients, studies of people with autism, debilitating synaesthesia and neural disorders linked with enhanced brain growth. People with attention disorders take...

2011-06-20 19:50:39

Researchers at Delft University of Technology and the University of Basel have established a biomimetic nanopore that provides a unique test and measurement platform for the way that proteins move into a cell's nucleus. In the journal Nature Nanotechnology (June 19 - online), they report an artificial nanopore that is functionalized with key proteins which mimicks the natural nuclear pore. Upon testing the transport of individual proteins through the biomimetic pore, they found that most...

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2011-05-15 10:25:29

Close your eyes for a moment, open your treasure trove of memories and take a step back in time to your childhood. Do you remember your grandfather gently scooping you up into his warm and comforting embrace? Or sitting by your grandmother's side as she lovingly baked pies chock full of delicious, juicy warm apples sprinkled with crumbly cinnamon bits?The bond between grandparents and their grandchildren seems to be a magical one, and now, a new article published in the April issue of Current...


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  • A blustering, bullying fellow; a pot-valiant braggart; a bully.
This word is named for Draw-Can-Sir, a character in George Villiers' 17th century play The Rehearsal.
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