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  • Algorithm now available to exactly compute information rate

    This year it is 75 years ago that Claude Shannon, the ’father of information theory’, showed how information transmission can be quantified mathematically, namely via the so-called information transmission rate.

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  • Bacteria opt for the best price-to-quality ratio to predict the future

    Predicting the future can be a matter of life or death. Just think, every time you cross the street, you predict whether this is possible without being run over. Experiments …

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  • PhD defense Mareike Berger

    PhD student Mareike Berger successfully defended her thesis ‘Controlling DNA replication initiation: from living to synthetic cells’ at the Vrije Universiteit on May 3rd. Berger carried out her doctoral research …

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  • New model for reproduction of E. coli bacteria

    With a new model, AMOLF researchers reveal how single celled organisms like bacteria coordinate growth, cell division and DNA replication. Bacteria reproduce via growth and cell division. During each cycle …

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  • Cell unstuck: how a glue-like protein can make our cells move

    An essential aspect of the cells in our body is their ability to move, to repair certain tissues or chase intruders, for example: but how do they do it? Scientists …

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  • The optimal design of cellular sensing systems

    To survive and prosper living cells continually have to respond and adapt to changes in their environment. To this end, they have developed sensing systems that rival the best man-made …

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  • Exponential scaling of frictional forces in cells

    AMOLF researchers present a theory that describes the friction between biological filaments that are crosslinked by proteins. Surprisingly, their theory predicts that the friction force scales highly non-linearly with the …

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  • ERC Advanced Grant for Pieter Rein ten Wolde

    Today the European Research Council (ERC) announced that 185 scientists receive an Advanced Grant of 2.5 million euros. One of them is AMOLF group leader Pieter Rein ten Wolde. He …

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  • Noise in the biorhythm: biological clocks respond differently to light fluctuations

    Anybody who has experienced jet lag knows the power of the biological clock. Almost all organisms, from humans to the smallest of bacteria, have a built-in system that tells them …

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  • Ruis in het bioritme: biologische klokken reageren verschillend op lichtfluctuaties

    Wie ooit een jetlag heeft gehad, kent de kracht van de biologische klok. Alle organismen, van mensen tot de kleinste bacteriën, hebben een ingebouwd systeem dat ze vertelt of het …

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