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A liquid biopsy test can identify patients who may respond to immune checkpoint blockade
A new liquid biopsy test could detect microsatellite instability (MSI) and tumor mutational burden (TMB), indicating that it could help determine which patients are likely to respond to immune checkpoint inhibitors. (2019-09-10)
New biomarker for dementia improves risk prediction
In a new study led by investigators from Brigham and Women's Hospital, researchers have measured circulating levels of insulin-like growth factor binding protein 2 (IGFBP-2), a potential biomarker for dementia. (2019-09-10)
Study tests performance of electric solid propellant
Electric solid propellants are being explored for use in dual-mode rocket engines because they aren't susceptible to ignite from a spark or flame and can be turned on and off electrically. (2019-09-03)
Laser-produced uranium plasma evolves into more complex species
When energy is added to uranium under pressure, it creates a shock wave, and even a tiny sample will be vaporized like a small explosion. (2019-08-23)
New technique could streamline design of intricate fusion device
Stellarators, twisty machines that house fusion reactions, rely on complex magnetic coils that are challenging to design and build. (2019-08-21)
Atomic 'Trojan horse' could inspire new generation of X-ray lasers and particle colliders
an international team of researchers, including scientists from the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, has demonstrated a potentially much brighter electron source based on plasma that could be used in more compact, more powerful particle accelerators. (2019-08-13)
Simulations demonstrate ion heating by plasma oscillations for fusion energy
A research team of fusion scientists succeeded in proving that ions can be heated by plasma oscillations driven by high-energy particles. (2019-08-06)
Improving the magnetic bottle that controls fusion power on Earth
The exhaustive detection method that discovered the error field in the initial run of the NSTX-U tokamak could serve as a model for error-field detection in future tokamaks. (2019-08-05)
Magnetic plasma pulses excited by UK-size swirls in the solar atmosphere
An international team of scientists led by the University of Sheffield have discovered previously undetected observational evidence of frequent energetic wave pulses the size of the UK, transporting energy from the solar surface to the higher solar atmosphere. (2019-08-05)
Scientists identified a new signaling component important for plant symbiosis
A proteomics-based protein-protein interaction study has led to the discovery of proteins that interact with a legume receptor that mediates signal transduction from the plasma membrane to the nucleus. (2019-08-01)
Scientists reproduce the dynamics behind astrophysical shocks
Article describes first laboratory measurement of the precursors to high-energy astronomical shocks. (2019-07-30)
Researchers recreate the sun's solar wind and plasma 'burps' on Earth
A new study by University of Wisconsin-Madison physicists mimicked solar winds in the lab, confirming how they develop and providing an Earth-bound model for the future study of solar physics. (2019-07-29)
Demonstration of alpha particle confinement capability in helical fusion plasmas
A team of fusion researchers demonstrated that ions with energy in mega electron volt range are superiorly confined in a plasma for the first time in helical systems. (2019-07-29)
Physics of life: Motor proteins and membrane dynamics
Motility is an essential property of many cell types, and is driven by molecular motors. (2019-07-25)
Seeing clearly: Revised computer code accurately models an instability in fusion plasmas
Subatomic particles zip around fusion machines known as tokamaks and sometimes merge, releasing large amounts of energy. (2019-07-24)
Routine blood tests could predict diabetes
A study that looked at data on more than 900,000 VA patients showed that elevated blood glucose levels detected in routine outpatient tests, though well below diagnostic thresholds, predicted diabetes within 5 years. (2019-07-19)
Simulations fix the cracks in magnetic mirrors
In a study published in EPJ D, physicists led by Wen-Shan Duan at Northwest Normal University, and Lei Yang at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, China, show that 'magnetic mirrors' plasma leaks can be minimised if specific conditions are met. (2019-07-18)
New safer, inexpensive way to propel small satellites
A team at Purdue University has developed a new safer and inexpensive way to propel small satellites. (2019-07-16)
Persistent HIV DNA in spinal fluid may be associated with cognitive challenges
HIV DNA remained in the cerebrospinal fluid of half of participants with well-managed HIV (virologic suppression in the plasma), confirming that the central nervous system (CNS) is a major reservoir for latent HIV. (2019-07-15)
Scientists deepen understanding of magnetic fields surrounding Earth and other planets
Now, a team of scientists has completed research into waves that travel through the magnetosphere, deepening understanding of the region and its interaction with our own planet, and opening up new ways to study other planets across the galaxy. (2019-07-12)
UC San Diego cancer scientists identify new drug target for multiple tumor types
A dysfunctional enzyme involved in building cancer cell membranes helps fuel tumor growth; when it's disabled or depleted in mouse models, tumors shrank significantly. (2019-07-11)
Does platelet-rich plasma therapy lower risk of meniscus repair
The use of platelet-rich plasma therapy can reduce the risk of a second meniscus failure after operation but does not seem to protect patients who have had surgery to repair an anterior cruciate ligament, according to research presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine. (2019-07-11)
Discovered: A new way to measure the stability of next-generation magnetic fusion devices
Feature reports discovery of an alternative method for measuring the stability of fusion plasma, a critical task for researchers seeking to bring the fusion that powers the sun to Earth. (2019-07-10)
In cases when patients under anesthesia experience anaphylaxis, hyperactive immune...
A study of 86 patients reveals how drugs used for anesthesia can induce life-threatening anaphylaxis (a dangerous type of allergic reaction) through an alternative immune pathway. (2019-07-10)
Tiny granules can help bring clean and abundant fusion power to Earth
Physicists from PPPL and General Atomics have concluded that injecting tiny beryllium pellets into ITER could help stabilize the plasma that fuels fusion reactions. (2019-07-02)
Lightning bolt underwater
Electrochemical cells help recycle CO2. However, the catalytic surfaces get worn down in the process. (2019-06-27)
How bacteria protect themselves from plasma treatment
Considering the ever-growing percentage of bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics, interest in medical use of plasma is increasing. (2019-06-19)
Yale-led study reveals biology of leptin, the hunger hormone
In a new study, Yale researchers offer insight into leptin, a hormone that plays a key role in appetite, overeating, and obesity. (2019-06-18)
PCSK9 inhibitors: Specific studies are mandatory to prove efficacy and safety in CKD
High cardiovascular morbidity and mortality remains a persisting problem in patients with CKDPCSK9 inhibition represents a novel and successful treatment approach to reduce LDL-C in patients with normal to moderately impaired kidney function. (2019-06-13)
Tracking major sources of energy loss in compact fusion facilities
Analysis of energy loss in low-aspect ratio tokamaks opens a new chapter in the development of predictions of transport in such facilities. (2019-06-11)
Radio ridge between two galaxy clusters bridges intergalactic space
Intergalactic magnetic fields connect two merging galaxy clusters, according to a new study, which reports the first discovery of a vast ridge of radio-emitting plasma in a filament of the cosmic web. (2019-06-06)
Researchers uncover a new obstacle to effective accelerator beams
Release proposes explanation for failure to focus accelerator-fired ion beams. (2019-06-06)
As hot as the sun's interior
Physicists at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena (Germany) have developed a new method for producing plasma, enabling them to deal with some of the problems that stand in the way of this extremely difficult process. (2019-06-05)
A new method for 3D reconstructions of eruptive events on sun
An international team of scientists, led by Skoltech professor Tatiana Podladchikova, has developed a new 3D method for reconstructing space weather phenomena; in particular, the shock waves produced by the Sun's energy outbursts. (2019-06-05)
Physicists create stable, strongly magnetized plasma jet in laboratory
A team of scientists has for the first time created a particular form of coherent and magnetized plasma jet that could deepen the understanding of the workings of much larger jets that stream from newborn stars and possibly black holes. (2019-05-31)
Renegade fat cells induce bone-damaging lesions in multiple myeloma
A study of samples from patients with multiple myeloma (MM) has demonstrated how 'reprogrammed' fat cells contribute to long-lasting bone damage, even after the cancer has gone into remission. (2019-05-29)
Scientists found a way to increase the capacity of energy sources for portable electronics
Scientists from Skoltech, Moscow State University (MSU) and Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) have proposed a new approach to replacing carbon atoms with nitrogen atoms in the supercapacitor's crystal lattice and developed a novel capacity enhancement method based on carbon lattice modification with the aid of plasma. (2019-05-28)
The sun follows the rhythm of the planets
One of the big questions in solar physics is why the sun's activity follows a regular cycle of 11 years. (2019-05-27)
Scientists uncover exotic matter in the sun's atmosphere
Scientists today announced a major new finding about how matter behaves in the extreme conditions of the sun's atmosphere. (2019-05-24)
Adding a carbon atom transforms 2D semiconducting material
A technique that introduces carbon-hydrogen molecules into a single atomic layer of the semiconducting material tungsten disulfide dramatically changes the electronic properties of the material, according to Penn State researchers at Penn State who say they can create new types of components for energy-efficient photoelectric devices and electronic circuits with this material. (2019-05-24)
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