Researchers from the TU Delft have discovered that the RNA molecule, a key building block of molecular biology, sometimes reacts differently on forces and torques than the related DNA molecule. Current models of DNA and RNA fail to explain these findings. The results, which are recently published in the scientific journal PNAS, present for the first time a complete picture of how double-stranded RNA responds to forces and torque.
The FOM Valorisation Prize 2014 has been awarded to professor Dave Blank and professor Guus Rijnders, both top researchers at the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology at the University of Twente. "They are excellent bridge builders between various scientific disciplines, between science and entrepreneurship, and between science and society", says the jury. Dr Mark Beker has received the FOM Valorisation Chapter Prize 2014 for a chapter in his PhD thesis in which he describes the influence of seismic ground movements on gravitational wave detectors. Both prizes will be presented on 20 January 2015 during the Congress Physics@FOM Veldhoven
Researchers from FOM Institute AMOLF and the German Forschungzentrum Jülich have discovered why polymers in a solution become fluid if the solution is stirred. They discovered that the polymer structure changes from an entanglement of spaghetti into aligned layers of hairpin-shaped filaments that can slide past each other. The discovery can help to provide a better understanding of biological processes such as flows in the cells of embryos. The results of the research are published on 9 October 2014 in Nature Communications.