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The Future of Electronics: Harnessing Nature’s Power of Self-Assembly

The Future of Electronics: Harnessing Nature’s Power of Self-Assembly

Throw a potpourri of transistors into the bathtub, add some soap, and out comes a fully formed nanocomputer. Science fiction? Maybe not. Nanoscientists dream of coaxing electronic components to self-assemble into complex systems. In fact, researchers at the University of Copenhagen have taken a major step towards making self-assembling electronics a reality.

Fighting Cancer from Within: The emerging immunotherapy paradigm of cancer treatment

Fighting Cancer from Within: The emerging immunotherapy paradigm of cancer treatment

Cancer cells are able to avoid destruction by the immune system by expressing a protein that inhibits T-cells. Scientists have now reactivated the immune system in some cancer patients, improved the prognosis of people who had exhausted all other treatment options.

Earthquakes Rock Connecticut

Earthquakes Rock Connecticut

More than a dozen small earthquakes rocked Plainfield, Connecticut in the first two months of 2015. Seismologists reassure the public that the risk of a damaging earthquake remains low, but emphasize the need for earthquake preparedness.

Gene Sequencing Uncovers Culprit of Inflammatory Disease

Gene Sequencing Uncovers Culprit of Inflammatory Disease

In the summer of 2012, physicians at Yale-New Haven Hospital admitted a baby with a mysterious illness. The baby was critically ill with fever and severe diarrhea, yet no infectious agent could be identified and no diagnosis could be made.

When Stem Cells Go Bad

When Stem Cells Go Bad

Stem cells can save lives by replacing damaged tissue, yet that process could go terribly wrong, leaving the patient with a tumor instead. A little-known protein variant has the power to predict the outcome, and even suggests explanations for this phenomenon.