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Exploiting mammalian low-complexity domains for liquid-liquid phase separation-driven underwater adhesive coatings  Science Magazine · 2 days
Many biological materials form via liquid-liquid phase separation (LLPS), followed by maturation into a solid-like state. Here, using a biologically inspired assembly mechanism designed to recapitulate... more
Rational synthesis of an atomically precise carboncone under mild conditions  Science Magazine · 2 days
Carboncones, a special family of all-carbon allotropes, are predicted to have unique properties that distinguish them from fullerenes, carbon nanotubes, and graphenes. Owing to the absence of methods... more
Current-driven magnetization switching in a van der Waals ferromagnet Fe3GeTe2  Science Magazine · 2 days
The recent discovery of ferromagnetism in two-dimensional (2D) van der Waals (vdW) materials holds promises for spintronic devices with exceptional properties. However, to use 2D vdW magnets for... more
Near-UV to mid-IR reflectance imaging spectroscopy of paintings on the macroscale  Science Magazine · 2 days
Broad spectral range reflectance imaging spectroscopy (BR-RIS) from the near UV through the mid–infrared (IR) (350 to 25,000 nm or 28,571 to 400 cm–1) was investigated... more
Bulk ultrafine grained/nanocrystalline metals via slow cooling  Science Magazine · 2 days
Cooling, nucleation, and phase growth are ubiquitous processes in nature. Effective control of nucleation and phase growth is of significance to yield refined microstructures with enhanced performance for materials. Recent studies reveal that ultrafine... more
Manta rays form social bonds with each other  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Manta rays form social relationships and actively choose their social partners, a new study has revealed. Research published today by scientists from the Marine Megafauna Foundation, Macquarie University and the University of... more
Using CRISPR to program gels with new functions  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
The CRISPR genome-editing system is best-known for its potential to correct disease-causing mutations and add new genes into living cells. Now, a team from MIT and Harvard University has deployed CRISPR for... more
Videos of chemical synthesis at atomic resolution achieved  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
For the first time, researchers have managed to view previously inaccessible details of certain chemical processes. They have shown there are significant discrete stages to these processes which build on our knowledge... more
Researchers produce first-ever videos of chemical synthesis at atomic resolution  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
For the first time, researchers have managed to view previously inaccessible details of certain chemical processes. They have shown there are significant discrete stages to these processes that... more
Mapping nucleation kinetics with nanometer resolution  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Nucleation is the formation of a new condensed phase from a fluid phase via self-assembly. This process is critical to many natural systems and technical applications including the manufacturing of pharmaceuticals and advanced materials, the formation... more
Super-powered immune cells to attack tumors  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 days
The phase 1 clinical trial will test the feasibility and safety of CAR-T cells - genetically modified white blood cells harvested from a patient's own blood with the unique ability to directly attack and kill cancers... more
Researchers create synthetic biologic system to deliver medicine, treat wounds for soldiers  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 days
For the first time, scientists built a synthetic biologic system with compartments like real cells. This Army project at the University of Massachusetts Amherst... more
Harnessing power of CRISPR to control behavior of DNA-responsive materials  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 days
The CRISPR-Cas system has become the go-to tool for researchers who study genes in an ever-growing list of organisms, and is being used to develop new gene therapies... more
Here's how early humans evaded immunodeficiency viruses  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
The cryoEM structure of a simian immunodeficiency virus protein bound to primate proteins shows how a mutation in early humans allowed our ancestors to escape infection while monkeys and apes did not. SIV's Nef... more
Biomaterials smarten up with CRISPR  nanowerk · 3 days
Programmable CRISPR-responsive smart materials could open the door to novel tissue engineering, bioelectronic, and diagnostic applications. more
Phospho-dependent phase separation of FMRP and CAPRIN1 recapitulates regulation of translation and deadenylation  Science Magazine · 3 days
Membraneless organelles involved in RNA processing are biomolecular condensates assembled by phase separation. Despite the important role of intrinsically disordered protein regions... more
Programmable CRISPR-responsive smart materials  Science Magazine · 3 days
Stimuli-responsive materials activated by biological signals play an increasingly important role in biotechnology applications. We exploit the programmability of CRISPR-associated nucleases to actuate hydrogels containing DNA as a structural element or as an anchor for pendant groups. After activation by... more
Using CRISPR to program gels with new functions  MIT · 3 days
Smart materials change properties in response to specific DNA sequences; could be used in a variety of devices. more
Ultrafast laser welding of ceramics  Science Magazine · 3 days
Welding of ceramics is a key missing component in modern manufacturing. Current methods cannot join ceramics in proximity to temperature-sensitive materials like polymers and electronic components. We introduce an ultrafast pulsed laser welding approach that relies on focusing... more
Mapping nucleation kinetics with nanometer resolution  nanowerk · 3 days
Scientists discovered a new imaging method - nanoscale nucleation kinetic mapping - which allows direct imaging of nucleation events at a solid-liquid interface. more
Switching electron properties on and off individually  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
Electrons have different properties - and they all can be used to create order in solid objects. This order determines the properties of the material. Experiments now show: It is possible to influence different... more
Materials scientists build a synthetic system with compartments like real cells  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
Polymer chemists and materials scientists have achieved some notable advances that mimic Nature, but one of the most common and practical features of cells has so... more
Researchers get first microscopic look at a tiny phenomenon with big potential implications  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Matter behaves differently when it's tiny. At the nanoscale, electric current cuts through mountains of particles, spinning them into vortexes that can... more
Next generation synthetic covalent 2-D materials unveiled  nanowerk · 3 days
Researchers have developed a new method to synthesize 2D materials that are thought to be impossible or, at least, unobtainable by current technologies. more
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