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Wriggling microtubules help understand coupling of 'active' defects and curvature


October 23, 2017

Imagine a tiny doughnut-shaped droplet covered with wriggling worms. The worms are packed so tightly together that they locally line up, forming a nematic liquid crystal similar to those found in flat panel displays. In the journal Nature Physics, scientists are reporting on an examination of such an active nematic -- but with flexible filaments and microscopic engines rather than worms. Full Story

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Georgia Institute of Technology

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