Article Correctness Is Author's Responsibility: Wriggling Microtubules Help Understand Coupling of “Active” Defects and Curvature

Newswise imageImagine a tiny donut-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.