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July 03, 2015
X-raying ion channels
Trieste, Italy (SPX) Jun 28, 2015
"In this field, x-ray crystallography is considered the ultimate form of evidence: if something is demonstrated with this technique, then it just has to be true" explains SISSA professor Vincent Torre. Torre coordinated a study just published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) which used x-ray crystallography to demonstrate that the "selectivity filter" of ion channels is dynamic rather than rigid, thereby contributing to the solution to a long-standing debate among biop ... read more
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Million-mile journey to an asteroid begins for ASU-built instrument
A journey that will stretch millions of miles and take years to complete begins with a short trip to a loading dock. The OSIRIS-REx Thermal Emission Spectrometer (OTES for short) is the first space ... more

Precise ages of largest number of stars hosting planets ever measured
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Is the Universe Ringing Like a Crystal Glass
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