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  • Evaluating the Quality of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    Alessandra Bendini
    University of Bologna
    Have you ever found yourself looking to buy a bottle of vegetable oil at the supermarket only to...
  • Molecular Machines Powered by Light
    Alberto Credi
    University of Bologna
    Imagine if we were able to make mechanical machines so exceedingly small that we could target...
  • Nanoscience and Nanotechnology: A Perspective from the Very Small
    Stefano Zacchini
    University of Bologna
    As a chemist, I have had to deal with the very small since the beginning of my studies. Although I...
  • Organometallic Chemotherapeutics – The Anticancer Platinums of Tomorrow?
    Christian Hartinger
    University of Vienna
    Image 1. The development of cancer-caused deaths in Austria from 1983 to 2004 and overall causes of...
  • Cutting Cancer’s Communication Lines
    Raymond Schiffelers
    University of Utrecht
    Image: Tiny messages from cancer cells (labelled red) are taken up by a cell isolated from a blood...
  • Colour from Structure, from Nature to the Lab Bench: “Smart” Photonic Crystals for Optical Sensing
    Bettina V. Lotsch and Ida Pavlichenko
    Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich and Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research Stuttgart
    What do opals, peacock feathers and butterfly wings (and, coincidentally, “smart” photonic crystals...
  • Playing the Mastermind Game: Code-Breaking Strategies in Biology
    Achim Tresch
    Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich
    Figure 1. The Mastermind game (left) and its biological counterpart (right). The goal is to break...
  • Oral Delivery of Insulin: Meeting Challenges Through Nanoencapsulation and Emulsification/Internal Gelation
    Antonio José Ribeiro
    University of Coimbra
    Diabetes is one of the major causes of premature illness and death worldwide. For all people with...
  • Man against Microbe: Are We Losing the Battle against Multidrug-Resistant Bacteria?
    Daniel Wilson
    Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich
    WILSON ( Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich): Current trends indicate that microbes have...
  • Molecular Polymer Brushes as Smart Nanovalves
    Szczepan Zapotoczny
    Jagiellonian University in Krakow
    Corporations and individual consumers focus on the tremendous benefits of making computers and cell...