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Mysterious molecules in space: Silicon-capped hydrocarbons may be source of 'diffuse interstellar bands'
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:27:35 EDT
New research has offered a tantalizing new possibility in the realm of interstellar molecules and diffuse interstellar bands: these mysterious molecules may be silicon-capped hydrocarbons like SiC3H, SiC4H and SiC5H.

A new way to make microstructured surfaces: Method can produce strong, lightweight materials with specific surface properties
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:38:44 EDT
A team of researchers has created a new way of manufacturing microstructured surfaces that have novel three-dimensional textures. These surfaces, made by self-assembly of carbon nanotubes, could exhibit a variety of useful properties -- including controllable mechanical stiffness and strength, or the ability to repel water in a certain direction.

From finding Nemo to minerals: What riches lie in the deep sea?
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:11:26 EDT
As fishing and the harvesting of metals, gas and oil have expanded deeper and deeper into the ocean, scientists are drawing attention to the services provided by the deep sea, the world’s largest environment.

Mineral magic? Common mineral capable of making and breaking bonds
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:23:44 EDT
Researchers have demonstrated how a common mineral acts as a catalysts for specific hydrothermal organic reactions -- negating the need for toxic solvents or expensive reagents.

Researchers produce record-length mirror-image protein
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:36:38 EDT
Biochemists have reported an advance in the production of functional mirror-image proteins. In a new study, they have chemically synthesized a record-length mirror-image protein and used this protein to demonstrate that a cellular chaperone, which helps "fold" large or complex proteins into their functional state, has a previously unappreciated talent -- the ability to fold mirror-image proteins. These findings will greatly facilitate mirror-image protein production for applications in drug discovery and synthetic biology.