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Strip it out and build it back! Engineering a morphogen gradient

Imagine finding yourself in a thick crowd of people and having to figure out your whereabouts. Before the advent of smartphones, you used to have two main options: asking someone, or inspecting your surroundings in hopes of recognizing any landmarks. The smell of fresh bread... click to read more

  • Luca Cocconi | PhD Student at The Francis Crick Institute, London, UK; Imperial College, London, UK
  • Marc de Gennes | PhD Student at The Francis Crick Institute, London, UK
  • Guillaume Salbreux | Professor at The Francis Crick Institute, London, UK; University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
Views 135
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jun 16, 2021
How an artificial molecular machine pumps in nanoscale

Nature often uses sophisticated strategies beyond our imagination. For example, biomolecules such as enzymes and nucleic acids form dynamic networks, in which they loosely associate with each other only when they need to perform a task together. Taking inspiration from such weak and temporary interactions,... click to read more

  • Quentin Laurent | PhD Student at Department of Organic Chemistry, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
Views 363
Reading time 3.5 min
published on May 20, 2021
The World’s Longest Nanoscale Chain

A sheet of metal or wood is an inflexible one-dimensional material. Creating flexible one-dimensional structures from such hard materials is difficult, but can be done using chain-like structures made of interlocking of rings. Moreover, chain-like structures endow materials with ease of repairing any damage by... click to read more

  • Yasuki Kato | Master Student at Division of Advanced Science and Engineering, Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Chiba University, Chiba, Japan
  • Sougata Datta | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Division of Advanced Science and Engineering, Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Chiba University, Chiba, Japan
  • Shiki Yagai | Professor at Division of Advanced Science and Engineering, Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Chiba University, Chiba, Japan
Views 542
Reading time 3 min
published on May 19, 2021
Battling pollution by navigating particle traffic

Humanity is facing a water crisis. Industry requirements exceed our fresh water resources and water scarcity is on the horizon. Underground water is an essential source of freshwater, but it is very susceptible to contamination. As such we need to perfect processes we use to... click to read more

  • Aleksa Djorović | PhD Student at Department of Applied Physics, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
Views 525
Reading time 4 min
published on May 10, 2021
Cheetah-inspired soft robots: how to make robots run fast?

Soft robots are made of rubber-like soft materials that mimic soft-bodied insects and animals such as caterpillar, snake, jellyfish, and octopus. Unlike conventional rigid robots, soft robots can continuously deform their soft body to navigate through confined spaces, thereby enabling safe and adaptive interactions with... click to read more

  • Jie Yin | Professor at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
  • Yichao Tang | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Stuttgart, Germany
Views 340
Reading time 3.5 min
published on May 4, 2021