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November 19, 2013 — SLS

How botox binds to neurons

Researchers elucidate how botulinum neurotoxin A binds to its protein receptor and thus provide a basis for the development of new drugs Botulinum...
November 12, 2013 — SLS

Electrons with a "split personality"

Some electrons in a superconducting material behave as if they were in a conventional metal, others as in an unconventional one – depending on the...
October 17, 2013 — SLS

Sinking teeth into the evolutionary origin of our skeleton

Did our skeletons evolve for protection or for violence? The earliest vestiges of our skeleton are encountered in 500million-year-old fossil fishes,...
August 12, 2013 — SLS

Magnetisation controlled at picosecond intervals

A terahertz laser developed at the Paul Scherrer Institute makes it possible to control a material’s magnetisation at a timescale of picoseconds (0....
May 6, 2013 — SLS

Tiny Magnets as a Model System

Scientists use nano-rods to investigate how matter assembles In the microscopic world, everything is in motion: atoms and molecules vibrate, proteins...
April 18, 2013 — SLS

X-ray Laser: A novel tool for structural studies of nano-particles

Development of analysis method for X-ray laser scattering data Prominent among the planned applications of X-ray free electron laser facilities, such...
April 12, 2013 — SLS

Tortuous paths hamper ion transport

ETH-Zurich researchers use x-ray tomography to screen lithium ion battery electrodes and can reconstruct the microstructure in high resolution. This...
February 27, 2013 — SLS

Computed tomography provides real-time 3D pictures showing how oil and water flow in porous rock

For the first time, experiments using computed tomography have allowed scientists to observe in 3D the flow of oil and water in real rock on an...
February 21, 2013 — SLS

Superconductors surprise with intriguing properties

PSI-Scientists demonstrate: Magnetic interactions are of fundamental importance for iron-based high-temperature superconductors   For a...
April 23, 2012 — SLS

Physicists observe the splitting of an electron inside a solid

An electron has been observed to decay into two separate parts, each carrying a particular property of the electron: a spinon carrying its spin...
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