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DNA used as a lightswitch

A nanostructure made from two tiny gold rods reversibly changes its optical properties when specific DNA molecules are added
Max Planck Society – Research

Skin that can flex its muscles

A membrane curls fast and furiously when it comes into contact with a solvent vapour
Max Planck Society – Research

A new cellular garbage control pathway with relevance for human neurodegenerative diseases

Scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry have discovered a new family of helper proteins that recognize labeled cellular protein waste and guide them efficiently to the lysosome for destruction and subsequent recycling into their reusable compounds.
Max Planck Society – Research

Last hours of a comet

Before comet ISON raced past the Sun, it stopped producing dust and gas, as data from the SUMER spectrograph on SOHO show
Max Planck Society – Research

The twofold comet

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, destination of ESA’s Rosetta mission, seems to consist of two parts.
Max Planck Society – Research