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Improved technique determines structure in membrane proteins

By combining custom-built spectrometers, novel probe designs and faster pulse sequences, a team led by Illinois chemistry professor Chad Rienstra has developed unique capabilities for probing protein chemistry and structure through the use of solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.

Posted: Aug 17th, 2008

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Toward plastic spin transistors and organic LEDs

University of Utah physicists successfully controlled an electrical current using the 'spin' within electrons - a step toward building an organic 'spin transistor': a plastic semiconductor switch for future ultrafast computers. The study also suggests it will be more difficult than thought to make highly efficient light-emitting diodes (LEDs) using organic materials.

Posted: Aug 17th, 2008

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Scientists replicate a key process in photosynthesis

An international team of researchers led by Monash University has used chemicals found in plants to replicate a key process in photosynthesis paving the way to a new approach that uses sunlight to split water into hydrogen and oxygen.

Posted: Aug 17th, 2008

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Artificial collagen plays more than a supporting role in cell growth

Researchers at the Institute for NanoBioTechnology at Johns Hopkins University are discovering new properties and uses for a synthetic molecule that mimics collagen. When used with nanoparticles, this molecule, called collagen mimetic peptide (CMP) could produce detailed images of tumors, detect deadly buildup in arteries, deliver drugs, and improve blood supply to implanted tissues.

Posted: Aug 15th, 2008

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Nanobiotechnology training at Johns Hopkins: big selection for tiny science

Anyone interested in nanobiotechnology can confirm there?s still much to learn about this small scale science. Few know this better than the more than 30 students and fellows participating in nanobiotechnology related educational programs offered through the Institute for NanoBioTechnology (INBT) at Johns Hopkins University.

Posted: Aug 15th, 2008

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