Zachary Smithline

Unraveling the Chemistry of the Tightest Knot Yet

Knots have proven useful since the dawn of mankind. Drawing on this as inspiration, Professor David A. Leigh, along with his team at the University of Manchester’s School of Chemistry, synthesized the most complex chemical knot yet, and believe that it holds many promising applications.

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Radioactive Elements: Getting Inside the Cell

Until recently, scientists have known little to none about how cells take in high-energy radioactive materials. This past July, a team led by Rebecca Abergel of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in collaboration with Roland Strong of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center discerned a pathway for the cellular uptake of radioactive matter.

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