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Chemistry - Mechanical Engineering - 10.11.2011
A nano car with molecular 4-wheel drive
A nano car with molecular 4-wheel drive
Reduced to the max: the emission-free, noiseless 4-wheel drive ca represents lightweight construction at its most extreme. The nano car consists of just a single molecule and travels on four electrically-driven wheels in an almost straight line over a copper surface. A number of chemists aim to use similar principles and concepts to design molecular transport machines, which could then carry out specific tasks on the nano scale.

Health - Chemistry - 01.09.2011
Profiler at the cellular level
Researchers have successfully incorporated a diagnostic biological "computer" network in human cells. This network recognizes certain cancer cells using logic combinations of five cancer-specific molecular factors, triggering cancer cells destruction. Yaakov (Kobi) Benenson, from ETH Zurich, has spent a large part of his career developing biological computers that operate in living cells.

Environment - Chemistry - 18.07.2011
Deep below the Deepwater Horizon
Deep below the Deepwater Horizon
For the first time, scientists gathered oil and gas directly as it escaped from a deep ocean wellhead — that of the damaged Deepwater Horizon oil rig.

Chemistry - Physics - 21.04.2011
A material heals itself
A material heals itself
Imagine: Your 6-year-old found a nail in the garage and drew pictures across the side of your new car.

Chemistry - Mechanical Engineering - 11.02.2011
Artificial turf from the lab
Artificial turf from the lab
Artificial turf is robust, durable and stands up to any weather. It allows to practise and to play all the year round and therefore became essential for today's football.