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An aphid that simultaneously cooperates and fights ants

Experts in ecological chemistry at the CSIC have participated in a study that unveils, in aphids, the first case of aggressive mimicry against ants. The scientists have found out that the aphid mimics the cuticular chemicals -and therefore the smell- of the ant larvae in order to be transported to the nest, where it will feed on the hemolymphs of ant larvae.   

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A nanosensor made of DNA segments

Scientists at the CSIC and at the IRB Barcelona have obtained a nanosensor based on small DNA fragments, using an advanced technique known as DNA origami. It has the size of 100 nanometres: it is a thousand times smaller than a bacteria and it would be necessary millions of sensors like this to fill the hole in a sewing needle. 

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Trapping and transforming CO2 into raw material

One strategic line of scientific research is to find out ways of trapping and transforming CO2 into a raw material. A scientific team at CSIC has led the development of a catalyser that allows transforming CO2 into derivates of acid formic.


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A project to revive the wool industry

Scientists at the CSIC are involved in a European Life project aimed at developing a dry wool scouring cycle, eco-efficient and with no waste. This cycle will totally recover the by-products that are commercially valuable.

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Enzimas de hongos para producir biodiesel

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Una investigación internacional con participación de investigadores del CSIC ha desarrollado un nuevo tipo de catalizadores híbridos orgánicos-inorgánicos a través de la encapsulación de enzimas aisladas de hongos en el seno de nanoesferas huecas. Delimitadas por una cubierta porosa de sílice, podrían ser empleadas como biocatalizadores para la producción de biodiesel de manera más eficiente.


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