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Tiny molecular probes reveal invisible forces inside cells

To function and survive, all cells need to sense and respond to invisible physical forces. Being able to detect and measure these forces is thus key to our understanding of life. Still, it remains one of the most complex problems facing current Science. In particular, biologists... click to read more

  • Margot Riggi | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Biochemistry Department, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA
Views 740
Reading time 4 min
published on Jan 10, 2022
Math reveals the evolution of composition in paintings

A long-standing question in art and aesthetics is if there are culturally and temporally transcendent design principles within art and, if so, how the principles evolve over time. Among various design principles, compositional techniques in painting that focus on the spatial arrangement of elements on... click to read more

  • Byunghwee Lee | PhD Student at Department of physics, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Republic of Korea
  • Hawoong Jeong | Professor at Department of physics, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Republic of Korea
Views 396
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Dec 29, 2021
Unveiling the secrets of ancient Egyptian ink

The earliest examples of preserving human thoughts by applying ink on a flexible and durable material, papyrus, were found in Ancient Egypt at the dawn of recorded history (c. 3200 BCE). Egyptians used black ink for writing body text, while red ink was often used... click to read more

  • Marine Cotte | Beamline scientist at European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, Grenoble, and CNRS, Paris, France
  • Thomas Christiansen | Egyptologist at Egyptology Section, Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen (alumnus), Denmark
  • Sine Larsen | Professor at Department of Chemistry, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Views 475
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Dec 22, 2021
Non-cuttable material inspired by seashells

Nature is dynamic and complex. Therefore, creatures generate the most efficiently functioning biological materials. For example, abalone sea creatures have shells that resist attacks by predators to crack them open. Shells combine hard calcium carbonate crystals interleaved with softer layers of viscoelastic proteins. The interlinking... click to read more

  • Stefan Szyniszewski | Assistant Professor at Department of Engineering, Durham University, Durham, UK
  • Miranda Anderson | Research Fellow at Philosophy and Literature, University of Stirling, Stirling, Scotland
Views 782
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jul 21, 2021
How an artificial intelligence bends a single molecule

Molecules, which are collections of tightly bound atoms, are all around in everyday life. For example, you can read this article because the light impinging on your retina drives a molecule called retinaldehyde to bend into a new 3D structure. This fine-tuning in the molecule's... click to read more

  • Christian Wagner | Group Leader at Peter-Grünberg Institute (PGI-3), Forschungszentrum Jülich, Jülich, Germany
  • Klaus-Robert Müller | Professor at Machine Learning Group, Technische Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany
  • F. Stefan Tautz | Professor at Peter-Grünberg Institute (PGI-3), Forschungszentrum Jülich, Jülich, Germany
Views 944
Reading time 4.5 min
published on Jul 9, 2021