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Soft Matter Offers New Ways to Study How Materials Arrange

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A fried breakfast food popular in Spain provided the inspiration for the development of doughnut-shaped droplets that may provide scientists with a new approach for studying fundamental issues in physics, mathematics and materials.
20-May-2013 8:00 PM EDT

Protein Study Suggests Drug Side Effects are Inevitable

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A new study of both computer-created and natural proteins suggests that the number of unique pockets – sites where small molecule pharmaceutical compounds can bind to proteins – is surprisingly small, meaning drug side effects may be impossible...
17-May-2013 2:00 PM EDT

Ant Study Could Help Future Robot Teams Work Underground

Future teams of subterranean search and rescue robots may owe their success to the lowly fire ant, a much-despised insect whose painful bites and extensive networks of underground tunnels are all-too-familiar to people living in the southern United...
16-May-2013 10:00 AM EDT

In Early Earth, Iron Helped RNA Catalyze Electron Transfer

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A new study shows how complex biochemical transformations may have been possible under conditions that existed when life began on the early Earth. The study shows that RNA is capable of catalyzing electron transfer under conditions similar to those...
14-May-2013 9:50 PM EDT

Pathway Competition Affects Early Brain Differentiation

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A new study shows how the strength and timing of competing molecular signals during brain development has generated natural and presumably adaptive differences in a brain region known as the telencephalon -- much earlier than scientists had...
25-Apr-2013 8:00 PM EDT

“Taxels” Convert Mechanical Motion to Electronic Signals

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Using bundles of vertical zinc oxide nanowires, researchers have fabricated arrays of piezotronic transistors capable of converting mechanical motion directly into electronic controlling signals. The arrays could help give robots a more adaptive...
24-Apr-2013 1:00 PM EDT

Robot & Baby Sea Turtles Reveal Principles of Motion

Based on a study of both hatchling sea turtles and "FlipperBot" -- a robot with flippers -- researchers have learned principles for how both robots and turtles move on granular surfaces such as sand.
21-Apr-2013 11:00 PM EDT

Sensor System Assesses Effects of Explosions on Soldiers

To study the effects of improvised explosive devices on soldiers and help provide continuing treatment, researchers have developed a sensor system that measures the physical environment of an explosion and collects data that can correlate what the...
22-Apr-2013 7:00 PM EDT

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Experts Available to Discuss How a Flu Outbreak Spreads and the Best Intervention Strategies

Georgia Tech professors have developed models that show how a flu outbreak would spread in the state of Georgia and what the best intervention strategies are.
27-Apr-2009 1:40 PM EDT

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