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September 16, 2015
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Using Robots at Berkeley Lab, Scientists Assemble Promising Antimicrobial Compounds

There’s an urgent demand for new antimicrobial compounds that are effective against constantly emerging drug-resistant bacteria. Two robotic chemical-synthesizing machines, named Symphony X and Overture, have joined the search. Their specialty is creating custom nanoscale structures that mimic nature’s proven … Continue reading

October 24, 2011
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Shaken, not Stirred: Berkeley Lab Scientists Spy Molecular Maneuvers

Stir this clear liquid in a glass vial and nothing happens. Shake this liquid, and free-floating sheets of protein-like structures emerge, ready to detect molecules or catalyze a reaction. This isn’t the latest gadget from James Bond’s arsenal—rather, the latest … Continue reading

January 19, 2011
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A Nanoscale Rope, and Another Step Toward Complex Nanomaterials That Assemble Themselves

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have coaxed polymers to braid themselves into wispy nanoscale ropes that approach the structural complexity of biological materials. Their work is the latest development in the push … Continue reading