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Magazine

The discovery of light-sensitive channel proteins in the 1970s and 1980s hardly made a splash outside the scientific community. Initially, no one suspected that these ion channels would become a popular tool for neurobiologists. Today, neuroscientists can use tailor-made proteins to switch individual neurons on and off. This does not only make it possible to investigate the function of neurons in the brain, but also offers promising applications in medicine.

MaxPlanckResearch: Optogenetics

The discovery of light-sensitive channel proteins in the 1970s and 1980s hardly made a splash outside the scientific community. Initially, no one suspected that these ion channels would become a popular tool for neurobiologists. Today, neuroscientists can use tailor-made proteins to switch individual neurons on and off. This does not only make it possible to investigate the function of neurons in the brain, but also offers promising applications in medicine. [more]

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Chemistry . Material Sciences

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Framework compounds: metal-organic transformations

April 17, 2015

The mechanosynthesis of cage compounds suitable for storing gases can be monitored in real-time with the help of X-ray powder diffraction [more]

Chemistry . Material Sciences

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Nanostructures: customized carbon

April 14, 2015

A new synthesis method produces novel nanostructures from carbon [more]

Material Sciences . Quantum Physics

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Light: World record in colour

March 13, 2015

A photonic crystal fibre generates light from the ultraviolet to the mid-infrared region of the spectrum [more]

Material Sciences . Structural Biology

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Collagen: powerful workout with water

January 22, 2015

Collagen fibres not only passively support bone, tendons and ligaments, but also actively contract [more]

Material Sciences . Solid State Research

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Jumping crystals

January 07, 2015

Insights into structural transformations explain why mechanical tension causes some crystals to jump, while others crumble [more]

Material Sciences

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Tiny vehicles for medical applications

November 07, 2014

Micro- and nano-swimmers can be propelled through media similar to bodily fluids [more]

Material Sciences . Quantum Physics

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DNA used as a lightswitch

July 21, 2014

A nanostructure made from two tiny gold rods reversibly changes its optical properties when specific DNA molecules are added

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Quantum Physics . Solid State Research

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Quantum computation in diamond

February 19, 2014

Researchers have succeeded in performing a logic operation and error correction in a quantum register made from nuclear spins of the gemstone [more]

 
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