SNI update December 2017

The last issue of our newsletter SNI update is now online.  We report on exciting research projects, about awards of SNI members and events with involvement of the SNI. We also announce several events and activities that you won’t want to miss. SNI update December 2017  

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Acrobatic Duo in the Cells

Just like an acrobatic duo, some proteins lend each other stability. Researchers at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel have discovered that the protein “Trigger factor” recognizes a partner by instable, flexible domains, to then together form a stable protein duo. The study has been published in the current issue of “Nature Communications”. Misfolded […]

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Nano Image Award

This year, we have received more than 50 beautiful impressions of the nano and micro world. The SNI management team has now chosen the three winners of the Nano Image Award 2017. Many thanks to all participants.   The winners are:

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Current issue of UNINOVA about quantum computer

The current issue of the University of Basel’s research Magazine UNINOVA has a focus on quantum computing and the research that is conducted at the Department of Physics and the Swiss Nanoscience Institute at the University of Basel. While the theoretical concepts are at an advanced stage, some challenges still need to be overcome. New […]

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Did you ever listen to molecules or watch them dancing?

Scientists of the NCCR MSE and the argovia philharmonic have teamed up for the project “Art of Molecule” and created a short video to stimulate the debate about ethical challenges of synthetic biology. Video:  https://youtu.be/z2lnwIfwQdw    If you want to know more about the project and the sound of molecules please visit: http://www.nccr-mse.ch/en/ethics/art-of-molecule/sound-of-molecules-i-fiddle-with/

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A nanoscale balance for individual cells

An interdisciplinary team from the University of Basel, ETH Zurich, and University College London have developed a new method that can be used to analyze individual live mammalian cells within a cell assembly. Based on a system of tiny cantilever probes, the technique records the cell mass over several days in millisecond steps and is […]

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Controllable nanocapsules thanks to a biovalve

Researchers at the University of Basel have succeeded in developing synthetic nanocapsules, in which enzymatic reactions can be triggered by external factors. Scientists from Basel’s Swiss Nanoscience Institute (SNI) and Department of Chemistry have integrated biovalves into the membranes of the capsules. These membranes become permeable in a reversible manner as soon as a certain […]

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Cool kids, cool experiments: girls@science and boys@science

As in previous years, the Swiss foundation Schweizer Jugend forscht offers the unique chance to dive into the world of natural sciences and engineering. This year, the Swiss Nanoscience Institute participates in these activities for kids between 10 and 13 for the first time and supplements the activities of the Department of Physics.  More information at  girls@science […]

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SNI update September 2017

The September issue of SNI update is now online. You will find information about a successful project at the Biozentrum and about Dr. Andreas Baumgartner, the new head of the SNI PhD School. Descriptions of two Nano Argovia projects are included as well as reports of some events, announcements and media releases.

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Bacterial Nanosized Speargun Works Like a Power Drill

In order to get rid of unpleasant competitors, some bacteria use a sophisticated weapon – a nanosized speargun. Researchers at the University of Basel’s Biozentrum have now gained new insights into the construction, mode of action and recycling of this weapon. As they report in the journal “Nature Microbiology”, the speargun drills a hole into […]

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