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Building the batteries of cells
A new study, led by Dr. Ruchika Anand and Prof. (2020-08-11)
New method makes magnetic maps of the solar corona
The twisting, ever-shifting and metrically elusive magnetic field of the Sun's ephemeral outer atmosphere can be mapped using near-infrared observations of the solar corona. (2020-08-06)
Massey scientist suggests COVID-19 should be treated as an acute inflammatory disease
The COVID-19 pandemic has had detrimental effects on global infrastructure sectors, including economic, political, health care, education and research systems, and there is still no definitive treatment strategy for the disease. (2020-08-05)
Scientists propose a novel method for controlling fusion reactions
Researchers at the DOE's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory have developed a pulsed method for stabilizing magnetic islands that can cause disruptions in fusion plasmas. (2020-08-04)
Hydrogel paves way for biomedical breakthrough
Dubbed the ''invisibility cloak'', engineers at the University of Sydney have developed a hydrogel that allows implants and transplants to better and more safetly interact with surrounding tissue. (2020-08-03)
First results of an upgraded device highlight lithium's value for producing fusion
Initial results of the LTX-β at PPPL show that the enhancements significantly improve performance of the plasma that will fuel future fusion reactors. (2020-07-29)
Human coagulation factor XIIIa expressed in pichia pastoris as fXIIIa hemostatic agent
In this study, recombinant pPICZαC-FXIIIa was expressed in Pichia pastoris, purified as well as its biological activity was determined. (2020-07-28)
Low plasma 25(OH) vitamin D level associated with increased risk of COVID-19 infection
An Israeli population-based study by a group of scientists from the Leumit Health Services and the Azrieli Faculty of Medicine of Bar-Ilan University discovered significant association of low plasma vitamin D level with the likelihood of COVID-19 infection among patients who were tested for COVID-19, even after adjustment for age, gender, socio-economic status and chronic, mental and physical disorders. (2020-07-26)
Researchers develop new tools to rapidly test activity of anti-coronavirus antibodies
Researchers at The Rockefeller University in New York have developed new tools to rapidly test the ability of antibodies to neutralize SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic. (2020-07-21)
While birds chirp, plasma shouldn't: New insight could advance fusion energy
Scientists at PPPL have furthered understanding of a barrier that can prevent doughnut-shaped fusion facilities known as tokamaks from operating at high efficiency by causing vital heat to be lost from them. (2020-07-21)
An ISGlobal team develops an approach to facilitate the diagnosis of tuberculosis as cause of death
The approach, which combines a simple-to-use molecular test with the minimally invasive autopsy, could be a valuable tool in regions with high burden of the disease (2020-07-16)
Breakthrough blood test detects positive COVID-19 result in 20 minutes
World-first research by Monash University in Australia has been able to detect positive COVID-19 cases using blood samples in about 20 minutes, and identify whether someone has contracted the virus. (2020-07-16)
Twisting magnetic fields for extreme plasma compression
A new spin on the magnetic compression of plasmas could improve materials science, nuclear fusion research, X-ray generation and laboratory astrophysics, research led by the University of Michigan suggests. (2020-07-14)
Differential scanning calorimetry to quantify protein-ligand binding
A team of researchers from Kazan Federal University, Russia, led by Dr. (2020-07-11)
Basel study: Why lopinavir and hydroxychloroquine do not work on COVID-19
Lopinavir is a drug against HIV, hydroxychloroquine is used to treat malaria and rheumatism. (2020-07-10)
Older, critically ill patients with COVID-19 may have increased risk of bradycardia with lopinavir and ritonavir
The combined use of antiretroviral medications lopinavir and ritonavir, previously used to treat SARS-Cov-1 and MERS-Cov patients, appeared to cause bradycardia in 22% of elderly, critically ill COVID-19 patients, in a small study in France. (2020-07-09)
A bioartificial system acts as 'dialysis' for failing livers in pigs
A bioartificial system that incorporates enhanced liver cells can act as an analogous form of dialysis for the liver in pigs, effectively carrying out the organ's detoxifying roles and preventing further liver damage in animals with acute liver failure. (2020-07-08)
Unlocking the key to an effective vaccine
A recent study by Monash University has looked at the role plasma cells and their longevity play in the effectiveness of vaccines in the body and suggests that components within vaccine design are the key. (2020-07-02)
Mathematical noodling leads to new insights into an old fusion problem
Scientists at PPPL have gained new insight into a common type of plasma hiccup that interferes with fusion reactions. (2020-06-30)
An accurate simulation of high-pressure plasma for an economical helical fusion reactor
In order to realize fusion energy, it is economically desirable to confine higher pressure plasma with the same strength of the magnetic field. (2020-06-29)
Alternative to nitrogen: Oxygen plasma can improve the properties of electrode materials
A group of scientists from Skoltech and Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU) showed that nitrogen is not the only element that can help enhance the specific capacitance of supercapacitors. (2020-06-25)
Motions in the Sun reveal inner workings of sunspot cycle
The Sun's convection zone plays a key role in the generation and evolution of the Sun's magnetic field. (2020-06-25)
NYU Abu Dhabi researchers measure motions in the Sun to explain the solar cycle
In a newly-published study, researchers from the Center for Space Science at NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) and colleagues used helioseismology and analyzed several data sources to find that the Sun's meridional flow is a single cell in each hemisphere that carries plasma toward the Sun's equator 200 thousand km below the surface. (2020-06-25)
Imaging magnetic instabilities using laser accelerated protons
An international team of researchers is the first to experimentally demonstrate the 'Weibel' instabilities predicted by theory about 50 years ago, in the prestigious journal Nature Physics. (2020-06-24)
Scientists develop new tool to design better fusion devices
One way that scientists seek to bring to Earth the fusion process that powers the stars is trapping plasma within a twisting magnetic coil device shaped like a breakfast cruller. (2020-06-24)
A bacterial toxin turning cells into swiss cheese
Researchers from Kanazawa University developed a novel tool to study how the innate immune system fights bacterial toxins. (2020-06-23)
New adjuvant successful in extending immunity against HIV
Emory researchers are the first to show a new adjuvant, 3M-052, helps induce long-lasting immunity against HIV. (2020-06-19)
KU Leuven researchers shed new light on solar flares
Plasma astrophysicists at KU Leuven have created the first self-consistent simulation of the physical processes that occur during a solar flare. (2020-06-18)
Mayo finds convalescent plasma safe for diverse patients with COVID-19
Mayo Clinic researchers and collaborators have found investigational convalescent plasma to be safe following transfusion in a diverse group of 20,000 patients. (2020-06-18)
Quasar jets are particle accelerators thousands of light-years long
An international collaboration bringing together over 200 scientists from 13 countries has shown that the very high-energy gamma-ray emission from quasars is not concentrated in the region close to their central black hole but in fact extends over several thousand light-years along jets of plasma. (2020-06-17)
A proven method for stabilizing efforts to bring fusion power to Earth
Researchers at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and General Atomics have demonstrated a method for stabilizing fusion plasmas by suppressing edge localized modes (ELMs). (2020-06-17)
Patient-personalized sequencing pipeline steps up sensitivity of tumor DNA monitoring
A sequencing pipeline that integrates a patient's specific tumor genetic data boosts the sensitivity of tests that detect cancer cell DNA circulating in the blood, according to a newly published study. (2020-06-17)
Diluting blood plasma rejuvenates tissue, reverses aging in mice
A new study by University of California, Berkeley, researchers reveals that replacing half of the blood plasma with a mixture of saline and albumin reverses signs of aging and rejuvenates muscle, brain and liver tissue in old mice. (2020-06-15)
Combination drug treatments for COVID-19 show promise in cell culture tests
A team of Norwegian and Estonian researchers have established a cell culture that allows them to test antibody-laden plasma, drugs and drug combinations in the laboratory. (2020-06-15)
An ion channel senses cell swelling and helps cells to choose a response
Liz Haswell's lab at WashU provides insight into how plants sense and respond (including suicide) to mechanical signals, such as cell swelling, rather than chemicals signals, such as nutrients or growth factors. (2020-06-11)
A method has been developed to study the 'traces' of coronal mass ejections at the Sun.
Scientists at Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (skoltech), together with colleagues from the Karl-Franzens University of Graz and the Kanzelhoehe Observatory (Austria) developed an automatic method for detecting 'coronal dimmings', or 'traces' of coronal mass ejections at the Sun, and also proved that they are reliable indicators of the early diagnosis of powerful emissions of energy from the atmosphere of the Sun, traveling to Earth at great speed. (2020-06-10)
Nanopatterned 'lab-on-a-chip' noninvasively detects early and advanced breast cancer
A scalable 'lab-on-a-chip' technology based on inkjet printing methods detected breast cancer in plasma samples from patients with more than 90% accuracy, according to a new study. (2020-06-10)
Cosmic quasars embrace 1970s fashion trend
Researchers have studied more than 300 quasars -- spinning black holes that produce beams of plasma. (2020-06-08)
Shock waves created in the lab mimic supernova particle accelerators
In experiments at the National Ignition Facility, a SLAC-led team found new details about how supernovas boost charged particles to nearly the speed of light. (2020-06-08)
Hope for patients with primary hyperoxaluria type 1
Lumasiran is a subcutaneously administered RNAi therapeutic targeting hydroxyacid oxidase 1 (HAO1) - the gene encoding glycolate oxidase (GO) - in development for the treatment of primary hyperoxaluria type 1 (PH1). (2020-06-07)
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