Caption: “Intercalation induces structural distortions. Left: unchanged DNA strand. Right: DNA strand intercalated at three locations (black areas).”

“In chemistryintercalation is the reversible inclusion of a molecule (or group) between two other molecules (or groups). Examples include DNA intercalation and graphite intercalation compounds.”

From the Wikipedia article on “Intercalation

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Image 1: B-factor plot for 1AV1 truncated human apolipoprotein A-I


Caption: “B-factor plot of 1AV1, refined at 4 Å using the PMB B-factor patch for isotropic B-factor restraints. Note that even the side-chain b-factors are well-behaved, and that the molecular motions are modeled more accurately by these individual B-factors than they could be by a series of group B-factors.”

What is a B-factor plot? I don’t know, but these folks say: “Blue means helix, red means strand and green means turns and random coil.”

Image 2: Another view of 1AV1 structure

Source and more info:

What is apolipoprotein A1? According to Wikipedia, it’s “the major protein component of high density lipoprotein (HDL) in plasma” i.e. the good cholesterol. It helps clear fats! Good job, apo A-I!

“First direct observation of the orbital structure of an excited hydrogen atom”!


Original article: Stodolna et al. 2013. “Hydrogen Atoms under Magnification: Direct Observation of the Nodal Structure of Stark States.” Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 213001 DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.110.213001

Covalent bonds made visible!

“The chemical rearrangement of oligo-(phenylene-1,2-ethynylenes) as seen in the microscope image (top) and the stick diagram of the molecular structure. Photo: de Oteyza et al.”


Original article:
de Oteyza et al. 2013. “Direct Imaging of Covalent Bond Structure in Single-Molecule Chemical Reactions.” Science. Vol. 340 no. 6139 pp. 1434-1437 DOI: 10.1126/science.1238187

Visualizing bond-length differences in a single molecule (hexabenzocoronene) using atomic force microscopy
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Source article:
Gross et al. 2012. “Bond-Order Discrimination by Atomic Force Microscopy.” Science. Vol. 337 no. 6100 pp. 1326-1329. DOI: 10.1126/science.1225621