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Rosetta’s mass spectrometer ROSINA detected argon at comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko


The mass-spectrometer ROSINA on ESA’s comet probe Rosetta has for the first time detected the noble gas argon in the coma of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. This measurement adds to the debate about the role of comets in delivering various «ingredients» to Earthsuch as water. Comets are considered to ...


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A graphene-based sensor that is tunable and highly sensitive


Many areas of fundamental research are interested in graphene owing to its exceptional characteristics. It is made of one layer of carbon atoms, which makes it light and sturdy, and it is an excellent thermal and electrical conductor. Despite its apparently limitless potential, however, few ...


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High-performance microscope displays pores in the cell nucleus with greater precision


The transportation of certain molecules into and out of the cell nucleus takes place via nuclear pores. For some time, detailed research has been conducted into how these pores embedded in the nuclear envelope are structured. Now, for the first time, biochemists from the University of Zurich have ...


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New composite material as CO2 sensor


A new material changes its conductivity depending on the concentration of CO2 in the environment. The researchers who developed it have utilized the material to produce a miniature, simply constructed sensor. Material scientists at ETH Zurich and the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and ...


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How Natural Channel Proteins Move in Artificial Membranes


Natural channel proteins are integrated into artificial membranes to facilitate the transport of ions and molecules. Researchers at the University of Basel have now been able to measure the movement of these channel proteins for the first time. They move up to ten times slower than in their ...


DNA blood test detects lung cancer mutations

Circulating tumour DNA in blood a valid option for EGFR testing in patients who do not have accessible tumour tissue, study shows


Cancer DNA circulating in the bloodstream of lung cancer patients can provide doctors with vital mutation information that can help optimise treatment when tumour tissue is not available, an international group of researchers has reported at the European Lung Cancer Conference (ELCC) in Geneva, ...


Mettler-Toledo's TDL Analyzers Receive Award from Frost & Sullivan for Competitive Strategy Innovation & Leadership


Based on its recent analysis of the process tunable diode laser (TDL) analyzers market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Mettler-Toledo AG with the 2014 Global Frost & Sullivan Award for Competitive Strategy Innovation & Leadership. Mettler-Toledo's TDL series, the GPro 500, has an original design ...


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Nano-Beaker Offers Insight Into the Condensation of Atoms


An international team of physicists has succeeded in mapping the condensation of individual atoms, or rather their transition from a gaseous state to another state, using a new method. Led by the Swiss Nanoscience Institute and the Department of Physics at the University of Basel, the team was ...


Damaged DNA amplified


In the majority of cases, the onset of cancer is characterised by a minor change in a person's genetic material. A cell's DNA mutates in a particular area to the extent that the cell no longer divides in a controlled manner, but begins to grow uncontrollably. In many cases, this type of genetic ...


Roche acquires Bina Technologies and enters the genomic informatics market


Roche announced the acquisition of Bina Technologies, Inc. (Bina), a privately held company based in Redwood City, California, USA. Bina provides a big data platform for centralized management and processing of next generation sequencing (NGS) data. "The acquisition of Bina is a significant step ...


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