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'Nanospring' Defying 300 Years of Research

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Dec. 14 -- Researchers have known for some time that a long, fibrous coil grown by a single-cell protozoan is, gram for gram, more powerful than a car engine. Now, researchers at Whitehead Institute -- together with colleagues at MIT, the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass., and the University of Illinois, Chicago -- have found that this coil is far stronger than previously thought, and that it is providing clues as to how it might be used in nanoscale devices. Vorticella cells with coils expanded. (All images by Danielle France using a LCPolScope microscope...Read full article

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