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September 1, 2014

Viral Coat Protein Guides Self-Assembly

Shape of viruslike particle depends on the length of a silklike block in the middle of the protein

August 29, 2014

Nanocomplexes Help Regulate Blood Clotting

Nanomedicine: Particles release heparin in response to increased thrombin activity that leads to blood clotting

August 27, 2014

Engineers Design Micropatterned Surface To Control Droplet Flow

Materials: A grooved silicon surface coated with a hydrophobic film directs the motion of water vapor collected from air

August 25, 2014

Nanoparticles Highlight Tumor Borders During Brain Surgery

Medical Diagnostics: Using a handheld Raman scanner and a nanoparticle contrast agent, surgeons can remove more tumor tissue in mice than with standard methods

August 25, 2014

Methyl Geometry Explains Aspirin Polymorph Stability

Computational study suggests better coupling of electronic and lattice motion reduces energy to favor one crystal form over another

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