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Molecular Machines

    What’s the smallest machine you’ve seen? Can you imagine machines so small that you can’t even see them, complete with movable parts, motors, and switches? They do, in fact,...
DNA

DNA Machines On a Roll

Machines, motors, mechanization — what comes to mind when you hear these terms? Maybe something big and clunky; maybe something powerful and sleek. But my guess would be that your mind doesn’t jump to a...
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Cage Molecules

Designing a Liquid That Can Swallow Gas Have you ever driven by an oil refinery or a really large power plant and wondered, “Gee, there’s a lot of carbon dioxide and other bad stuff entering the air?”...
Lithium Batteries

Batteries Without the Boom

Designing a Safer Lithium Battery In the world of batteries, lithium-ion batteries are like the Golden State Warriors: powerful, trendy, and highly explosive. Like all batteries, lithium-ion batteries...
Chirality

Chirality

Mirror Molecules and Medications If someone asked you to explain the difference between your left and right hand, what would you say? On the surface, your hands aren’t so different: they are both made...