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Latest News from the Biomaterials Group...

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DECEMBER 05: The First International Conference on the Mechanics of Biomaterials and Tissues, Waikola Beach Resort, Hawaii.

Study Biomaterials and see the world ! In December Bill and Romaric attended the First International Conference on the Mechanics of Biomaterials and Tissues, held on Hawaii's big island. The trip was truely awesome, both socially and scientifically. Originally set up as a forum largely for engineers to meet biologists and vice-versa the meeting drew a huge amount of interest from a truely interdisciplinary group of scientists. Personal highlights included hearing about the notion of sacrificial bonds and hidden length, the stretching of hierachical composites at synchotron X-ray sources and molecularly based models of red blood cell deformation. Seeing DNA having a knot tied in it with opitical tweezers, and learning about the facinating properties of mussel fibres, mighty mandibles and squid beaks was also very cool.

Other highlights were the Volcanic National Park, lava tubes, & the sunsets, particularly at 14000 ft on Mauna Kea by the KECK observatory. Its a tough job but someone has to do it !!!

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NOVEMBER 05: HERE'S JOHNNY!

Johnny and Johnny...separated at birth???

Jonathan Hunt has joined us for the summer and is applying his programming skills in order to help with the group's efforts to improve the description of complex biopolymer architectures. We are trying to understand how the details of different polymeric fragmentation schemes impact on the retention of information regarding initial structures. Johnny is developing and running computer simulations and is extensively fuelled by peanut butter.

 

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OCTOBER 05: COOL KIT! Romaric has scooped NZ$ 2900 from the Institute of Fundamental Sciences Graduate Research Fund to help buy a new CCD camera to improve our microrheology capability, allowing multiple particle tracking, with good resolution, at up to 45 frames per second. As they say in New Zealand, Good on yer' mate...

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SEPTEMBER 05: MARSDEN BOOST ! We have recently been awarded Marsden funding to continue our AFM stretching work. This will allow us to investigate the mechanical impact of the fine structures of important structural biopolymers right down to the level of sigle molecules. Press Release.

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AUGUST 05: FILM DEBUT !!!

This 5 Minute Movie appears on the following website, as part of the Year of Physics,2005.

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JULY 05: NEW CE ARRIVES! A new capillary electrophoresis instrument with fluoresence capability will be the mainstay of our experimental biopolymer fine structure measurement. Click The Fine Structure Measurement link above to see more detailed information on our CE experiments.

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