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Architecture of mTOR Protein Complex Solved

22-Dec-2015

For a long time it has been known that the protein TOR – Target of Rapamycin – controls cell growth and is involved in the development of diseases such as cancer and diabetes. Researchers at the University of Basel’s Biozentrum together with scientists from ETH Zurich have now examined the ...

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Diagnostics with birefringence

15-Dec-2015

Nothing could be simpler: a drop of blood is placed on a special carrier substance; after a wait of a few minutes, the slide is placed on a device that emits polarised light thanks to an inexpensive polarisation filter. It is covered with a lid containing a second polarisation filter, which ...

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Using light-force to study single molecules

Scientists at EPFL show how to amplify the sensitivity and resolution of Raman scattering

25-Nov-2015

When it comes to studying single molecules, scientists use a powerful technique called "surface-enhanced Raman scattering" (SERS). An extremely sensitive tool, SERS detects the vibrations within the atoms of the illuminated molecule as a change in light color. But the sensitivity of SERS is ...

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Microwave Field Imaging Using Diamond and Vapor Cells

12-Nov-2015

Microwave field imaging is becoming increasingly important, as microwaves play an essential role in modern communications technology and can also be used in medical diagnostics. Researchers from the Swiss Nanoscience Institute and the Department of Physics at the University of Basel have now ...

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Analytik Jena Opens Swiss Branch Office at the Endress+Hauser Headquarters

29-Oct-2015

Analytik Jena AG has established a branch office on the premises of Endress+Hauser at the Reinach site near Basel in Switzerland. “This step is part of our strategy to further expand our international sales structure and to establish our own organization and direct sales wherever tangible growth ...

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Using optical fiber to generate a two-micron laser

12-Oct-2015

In recent years, two-micron lasers (0.002 millimetre) have been of growing interest among researchers. In the areas of surgery and molecule detection, for example, they offer significant advantages compared to traditional, shorter-wavelength lasers. However, two-micron lasers are still in their ...

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New method will enable most accurate neutron measurement yet

06-Oct-2015

Researchers in an international collaboration at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) have successfully developed a new experimental method to determine a fundamental property of the neutron. Neutrons are parts of atomic nuclei, and thus key building blocks in the matter that surrounds us. Although ...

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

29-Sep-2015

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

14-Jul-2015

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

30-Jun-2015

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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