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How two water molecules dance together

14-Aug-2019

Although water is omnipresent, the interaction between individual water molecules is not yet fully understood. An international research team has gained new insights into how water molecules interact. For the first time, the researchers were able to completely observe all of the movements between ...

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High reaction rates even without precious metals

21-Jun-2019

Precious metals are often efficient catalysts. But they are expensive and rare. However, it has so far been difficult to determine how efficient non-precious metal alternatives are. Non-precious metal nanoparticles could one day replace expensive catalysts for hydrogen production. However, it is ...

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Drug resistance: Preventing drugs from being transported

18-Jun-2019

Certain membrane proteins specialise in transporting molecules out of cells – a problem for the efficacy of cancer medication and antibiotics. An international research team has investigated the transport mechanism of a bacterial membrane protein using an artificially produced antibody fragment. ...

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Monitoring the lifecycle of tiny catalyst nanoparticles

06-May-2019

Since they are so tiny, it is difficult to investigate single nanoparticles. However, this is exactly what researchers are aiming for in order to tailor their properties. A novel approach: particle at the stick. Nanoparticles can be used in many ways as catalysts. To be able to tailor them in ...

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Alzheimer’s in mini brains

Verification in a living system

02-May-2019

The causes of the disease are for the most part obscure. Researchers intend to expose them using cerebral organoids grown from stem cells. In the majority of cases, dementia can be traced back to Alzheimer’s disease. Its causes are not really understood yet. What is known is that plaques form ...

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How nerve cells control misfolded proteins

28-Mar-2019

Neurodegenerative diseases such as Huntington’s or Parkinson’s disease are associated with misfolded and aggregated proteins. Researchers have discovered a new mechanism used by cells to protect themselves. Researchers have identified a protein complex that marks misfolded proteins, stops them ...

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Converting biomass by applying mechanical force

15-Mar-2019

One of the greatest global challenges is the efficient use of renewable sources in order to meet the increasing demand for energy and feedstock chemicals in the future. In this context, biomass is a promising alternative to existing fossil sources such as coal or oil. Cellulose plays a decisive ...

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Next step on the path towards an efficient biofuel cell

Two concepts combined making system as efficient as precious metal catalysts

16-Nov-2018

Fuel cells that work with the enzyme hydrogenase are, in principle, just as efficient as those that contain the expensive precious metal platinum as a catalyst. However, the enzymes need an aqueous environment, which makes it difficult for the starting material for the reaction – hydrogen – to ...

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Noble metal-free catalyst system as active as platinum

Affordable high-performance catalysts have come within reach

25-Oct-2018

The industry has been traditionally deploying platinum alloys as catalysts for oxygen reduction, which is for example essential in fuel cells or metal-air batteries. Expensive and rare, that metal imposes strict restrictions on manufacture. Researchers at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) and ...

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New insights into the structure of a killer protein

01-Oct-2018

The protein Bax is responsible for programmed cell death. Because it is constantly changing its location, its structure has so far been difficult to determine. Researchers at Ruhr-Universität Bochum and the University of Tübingen have gained new insights into the structure of the killer protein ...

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