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Solving the solvent mystery for better drug design

Scientists have been able to watch a chemical reaction happening in solution with more detail than ever before



Saliva mystery has practical impact

Researchers have solved a long-standing mystery about why some fluids containing polymers - including saliva - form beads when they are stretched and others do not.



Uncovering the Mystery of a Major Threat to Wheat

Scientists have solved a longstanding mystery as to why a pathogen that threatens the world's wheat supply can be so adaptable, diverse and virulent.



Imaging system probes cancer cell mystery

Microscopy is a key technology in laboratory sciences and the latest releases show that this trend is continuing. Sean Ottewell reports.



Cracking a protein mystery

Researchers have solved a 10-year-old mystery of how a single protein from an ancient family of enzymes can have two completely distinct roles in the body.



Decade-long mystery of nanopillar formations solved

Billions have uncovered the physical mechanism by which arrays of nanoscale pillars can be grown on polymer films with very high precision, in potentially limitless patterns.



Exclusive: Mystery bacteria genes

Researchers examined the genome sequence of E. coli and spotted three previously unknown genes that are essential for the survival of E. coli. Scientist Live spoke with Prof. Tracy Palmer about the study.



Genetics: Mystery of DNA conformation

DNA exists naturally in a slightly underwound state and its status changes in waves generated by normal cell functions such as replication, transcription, repair and recombination.



Quasicrystal mystery

The method to the madness of quasicrystals has been a mystery to scientists. Quasicrystals are solids whose atoms aren't arranged in a repeating pattern, as they are in ordinary crystals.



Bristol researchers solve 70 year old mystery

Chemists and biologists from the University of Bristol have finally cracked one of the longest standing chemical mysteries. In a paper published today in PNAS, the team demonstrate exactly how an unusual class of compounds known as tropolones are synthesised in fungi.



Photo negatives mystery deciphered

A new study looks at our impaired ability to recognise faces in photographic negatives and suggests that the answer might lie in the brain's reliance on a certain kind of image feature.



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