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‘Gyroscope’ molecules form crystal that’s both solid and full of motion

Molecular machines, much smaller than single cells, may one day be able to deliver drugs to kill cancer cells or patrol your body for signs of disease. But many applications of these machines require large arrays of rock-hard moving parts, which would be difficult to build with typical biological structures.

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Solar cell mystery solved, expected to greatly increase efficiency

(Phys.org)-For the past 17 years, spiro-OMeTAD, has been keeping a secret. Despite intense research efforts, its performance as the most commonly used hole-transporting material in perovskite and dye-sensitized solar cells has remained stagnant, creating a major bottleneck for improving solar cell efficiency. Thinking that the material has given all it has to offer, many researchers have begun investigating alternative materials to replace spiro-OMeTAD in future solar cells.

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Scientists Uncover How Damaging Crystals Within Cells Trigger Disease and Cell Death

The news in this Channel cover some of the most groundbreaking fundamental research into biological processes within living cells. Cross-linked with Disease Processes, Proteomics, Genomics and others, the Channel aims to provide a comprehensive view on the inner workings of the basic unit of life.