Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe
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'Origami' reshapes DNA's future
Ten years after its introduction, DNA origami, a fast and simple way to assemble DNA into potentially useful structures, is finally coming into its own. In a recent paper in Journal of the American Chemical Society, a team of researchers used the technique to program DNA to form large, 2D honeycombs and tubes. Because those structures are assembled biologically, rather than by conventional chemical reactions, they have very precise and repeatable...
Reaching out to stars beyond the Milky Way
An international team of researchers in Japan is getting ready to power up a 50,000-ton neutrino detector by adding a single metal, which will turn it into the world's first detector capable of analysing exploding stars beyond the immediate neighbourhood of the Milky Way. Neutrinos are so tiny and interact so weakly that every second, trillions of them manage to pass through human bodies without anyone noticing.