Invention: “Nanocage” tool untangles (molecular) spaghetti

A team of scientists at the University of Vermont have invented a new tool–they call it a “nanocage”–that can catch and straighten out molecule-sized tangles of polymers –whether made of protein or plastic. This tool–that works a bit like pulling a wad of thread through a needle hole–opens a new way to create custom materials that have never been made before.

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