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January 2011

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Has quantum biology's time come?
January 28, 2011
The idea that quantum processes, particularly entanglement, could play a role in consciousness has intrigued physicists, philosophers and New Age dreamers for decades. But the improbability of fragile quantum states surviving in living beings...

As the worm turns — on demand
January 24, 2011
We’ve seen remote control rats and remote control cockroaches...

Papers of Note

Form networks of channels in rubber, make the right shapes from the rubber, and you have soft robotic grippers that can handle delicate objects.
Soft Robotics for Chemists, Angewandte Chemie International Edition

Make robots that change form as they learn to walk, let them evolve over generations, and you have robots that more quickly learn to walk and end up with sturdier gaits.
Morphological change in machines accelerates the evolution of robust behavior, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Stories Elsewhere

Plastic artificial retina is a hit with nerve cells, New Scientist
(Source: Nature Communications paper A hybrid bioorganic interface for neuronal photoactivation)

Making a worm do more than squirm, Science News
(Source: Nature Methods papers Optogenetic manipulation of neural activity in freely moving Caenorhabditis elegans and Real-time multimodal optical control of neurons and muscles in freely behaving Caenorhabditis elegans)

Entangled En Masse: Physicists Crank Out Billions of Entangled Nucleus-Electron Pairs on Demand, Scientific American
(Source: Nature paper Entanglement in a solid-state spin ensemble)

The Healing Power of Light, Technology Review
(Source: Angewandte Chemie International Edition paper Repeatable Photoinduced Self-Healing of Covalently Cross-Linked Polymers through Reshuffling of Trithiocarbonate Units)

An Eyeball Camera, Now with Zoom, Technology Review
(Source: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences paper Dynamically tunable hemispherical electronic eye camera system with adjustable zoom capability)


Nano cancer drugs move to the next level: humans
A growing number of cancer therapies packaged in infinitesimal particles are making their way to patients.

Can nanotech beat cancer?
Cancer will always be with us in some form, but the fear and devastation it causes could be history within a generation. We'll have the tiniest of things to thank for it.

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