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16 July 2015

To store energy: put water in, keep salt out

Quick energy storage can be achieved by sudden separation of salt from pure water within concentrated brine. Upon compression of the brine supplemented with selective hydrophobic nanoporous (...)

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16 March 2015

Plastic Deformation Mechanisms of Semicrystalline and Amorphous Polymers.

Deformation mechanisms in the plastic flow regime of amorphous polymers are rather well understood. However, the underlying mechanisms of deformation in their semi-crystalline counterparts are (...)

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2 March 2015

The cell as a liquid motor

Living cells, just as muscles, exert forces on their surroundings. Although the molecules involved are the same in muscles and nonmuscle cells, their organisation is very different: crystalline (...)

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19 December 2014

Cells as mechanical compass !

Cells sense and respond to their mechanical environment by exerting forces on their surroundings. The way forces are modulated by extra-cellular matrix (ECM) properties plays a key role in tissue (...)

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17 December 2014

Ivory from an XVIIIth century shipwreck is brought to light.

In the early XVIIIth century, a dutch trade ship sailing close to the coast of Saint-Quay-Portrieux (Britany) sank on his way back from Africa with more than a ton of elephant ivory on board. In (...)

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