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Sustainable nylon production made possible by bacteria discovery
Scientists have developed a sustainable method of making one of the most valuable industrial chemicals in the world - known as adipic acid -- which is a key component of the material. (2020-08-13)
The behavior of therapeutic antibodies in immunotherapy
Since the late 1990s, immunotherapy has been the frontline treatment against lymphomas where synthetic antibodies are used to stop the proliferation of cancerous white blood cells. (2020-08-13)
Spider silk inspires new class of functional synthetic polymers
Synthetic polymers have changed the world around us. However, It is hard to finely tune some of their properties, such as the ability to transport ions. (2020-08-12)
NIST's SAMURAI measures 5G communications channels precisely
Engineers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a flexible, portable measurement system to support design and repeatable laboratory testing of fifth-generation (5G) wireless communications devices with unprecedented accuracy across a wide range of signal frequencies and scenarios. (2020-08-10)
Making N-C bond directly from N2: summary and perspective
N-Containing organic compounds are of vital importance to lives. Practical and catalytic synthesis of valuable N-containing organic compounds directly from dinitrogen (N2), not through ammonia (NH3), is a holy-grail in chemistry and chemical industry. (2020-08-07)
Advance in programmable synthetic materials
DNA information is stored in a sequence of chemical building blocks; computers store information as sequences of zeros and ones. (2020-08-07)
Projecting early molecular signatures of AD through the convergence study of Omics and AI
Dr. Cheon Mookyung of KBRI published the research results in an international academic journal of computational biology. (2020-08-05)
Blood-thinner with no bleeding side-effects is here
In a study led by EPFL, scientists have developed a synthetic blood-thinner that, unlike all others, doesn't cause bleeding side-effects. (2020-08-04)
NZ-China agreement has brought strong economic gains, Otago research
An Otago economist argues New Zealand should expand its trade agreements in the wake of COVID-19, as his new research shows the country benefited from the NZ-China free trade agreement. (2020-07-28)
Soft robot actuators heal themselves
Repeated activity wears on soft robotic actuators, but these machine's moving parts need to be reliable and easily fixed. (2020-07-27)
Army project turns to nature for help with self-healing material
An Army-funded project developed a self-healing material patterned after squid ring teeth protein. (2020-07-27)
A new way to target cancers using 'synthetic lethality'
Researchers at Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research and University of California San Diego School of Medicine report that inhibiting a key enzyme caused human cancer cells associated with two major types of breast and ovarian cancer to die and in mouse studies reduced tumor growth. (2020-07-27)
New affinity purification technique for therapeutic proteins
Professor Kimoon Kim's research group at POSTECH has developed a highly pure and efficient technique for purifying antiviral and anti-cancer protein therapeutics using molecular affinity interaction. (2020-07-27)
Deadly genetic synergy in cancer cells could be exploited for therapy
A Ludwig Cancer Research study has identified a new instance in which the simultaneous mutation of two nonessential genes -- neither of which is on its own vital to cell survival -- can cause cancer cell death. (2020-07-27)
Machine learning reveals recipe for building artificial proteins
A team lead by Pritzker Molecular Engineering researchers has developed an artificial intelligence-led process that uses big data to design new proteins. (2020-07-24)
Manipulating non-magnetic atoms in a chromium halide enables tuning of magnetic properties
The magnetic properties of a chromium halide can be tuned by manipulating the non-magnetic atoms in the material, a team, led by Boston College researchers, reports in the most recent edition of ScienceAdvances. (2020-07-24)
Everything you ever wanted to know about leech sex but were afraid to ask
New research, published in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, sheds light on the effects the synthetic estrogens commonly found in birth control pills have on leeches. (2020-07-21)
Synthetic dimensions enable a new way to construct higher-order topological insulators
Higher-order topological insulators (HOTIs) are a new phase of matter predicted in 2017, involving complicated high-dimensional structures which show signature physical effects called ''corner modes.'' Now, scientists have proposed a recipe to construct such HOTIs and observe corner modes for photons in simpler, lower-dimensional structures by harnessing an emerging concept called ''synthetic dimensions.'' This construction allows flexible tuning of the topological behavior and opens avenues for even more exotic phases of photons in very high dimensions. (2020-07-21)
Microplastics in shrimp harmless to animal health and no effects on consumption quality
A study conducted by the UAB certifies that despite the presence of microplastics in deep-sea shrimp, the amounts detected do not cause any types of health problems. (2020-07-21)
Invention: "Nanocage" tool untangles (molecular) spaghetti
A team of scientists at the University of Vermont have invented a new tool--they call it a ''nanocage''--that can catch and straighten out molecule-sized tangles of polymers --whether made of protein or plastic. (2020-07-10)
Unraveling the mystery of wheat herbicide tolerance
Genetically speaking, the loaf of bread you stress-baked during the COVID-19 shutdown is more complex than you think. (2020-07-09)
Oil spill clean- up gets doggone hairy
A study investigating sustainable-origin sorbent materials to clean up oil spill disasters has made a surprising discovery. (2020-07-09)
Protein involved in corn's water stress response discovered
The protein could help develop drought-resistant plant varieties and products that reduce losses related to climate change. (2020-07-08)
'Pregnancy test for water' delivers fast, easy results on water quality
A new platform technology can assess water safety and quality with just a single drop and a few minutes. (2020-07-06)
High-order synthetic dimensions in waveguide photonic lattices
In the recent work, scientists from Max-Born-Institute have shown that a multitude of high-dimensional synthetic lattices naturally emerge in (abstract) photon-number space when a multiport photonic lattice is excited by N indistinguishable photons. (2020-07-06)
Scientists synthesize novel artificial molecules that mimic a cell membrane protein
Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) recently developed an artificial transmembrane ligand-gated channel that can mimic the biological structure and function of its natural counterpart. (2020-07-03)
Science snapshots July 2020
Berkeley Lab science snapshots July 2020 (2020-07-01)
New research reveals plant control with the power of light
Scientists have found a way to control different plant processes -- such as when they grow -- using nothing but coloured light. (2020-06-29)
Blocking a 'jamming signal' can unleash immune system to fight tumors
Yale researchers have discovered a ''jamming signal'' that blocks a powerful immune system stimulant called interleukin-18 (IL-18) from reaching tumors, including in cancers that are resistant to conventional immunotherapy treatments, they report June 24 in the journal Nature. (2020-06-24)
Simple is best? Simple and universal design for fuel cell electrolyte
Researchers at Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST) and Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences have successfully established a universal synthetic design using porous organic polymers (POPs) for fuel cell electrolyte, according to an Editor's choice hot article published in the journal Materials Chemistry Frontiers. (2020-06-18)
CMU method makes more data available for training self-driving cars
For safety's sake, a self-driving car must accurately track the movement of pedestrians, bicycles and other vehicles around it. (2020-06-17)
Researchers flush out worrying trend of designer drug use
In a sign that designer drugs are becoming more prevalent in Australia, synthetic cathinones -- commonly known as 'bath salts' -- have been detected in the nation's wastewater in the largest study of its kind in the country. (2020-06-15)
Accelerating biological systems design for sustainable biomanufacturing
A new cell-free platform developed by Professor Michael Jewett rapidly identifies optimal enzyme combinations for sustainable fuels and materials. (2020-06-15)
Unlocking PNA's superpowers for self-assembling nanostructures
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a method for self-assembling nanostructures with gamma-modified peptide nucleic acid, a synthetic mimic of DNA. (2020-06-12)
ModGraProDep: Artificial intelligence and probabilistic modelling in clinical oncology
Improving the prediction of survival indicators in patients with breast cancer using tools from artificial intelligence and probabilistic modelling is the aim of ModGraProDep, an innovative system presented in a study led by Ramon Clèries, lecturer at the Department of Clinical Sciences of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of the University of Barcelona and member of the Oncology Master Plan/ICO-IDIBELL. (2020-06-11)
A 'hole' lot of sponge! New technique to create super-sponges is a game changer
Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are sponge-like organic-inorganic hybrid materials and have a variety of uses due to their ultra-high 'porosity,' or the ratio of pores or air pockets to the solid material. (2020-06-10)
New antivirals for influenza and Zika
Leuven researchers have deployed synthetic amyloids to trigger protein misfolding as a strategy to combat the influenza A and Zika virus. (2020-06-09)
Study shows cannabis temporarily relieves PTSD symptoms
People suffering from post-traumatic distress disorder report that cannabis reduces the severity of their symptoms by more than half, at least in the short term, according to a recent study led by WSU psychology professor Carrie Cutler. (2020-06-09)
New killing mechanism discovered in 'game-changing' antibiotic
Scientists at the University of Liverpool and University of Utrecht have taken another step forward on their quest to develop a viable drug based on teixobactin -- a new class of potent natural antibiotic capable of killing superbugs. (2020-06-05)
Scientists aim gene-targeting breakthrough against COVID-19
Scientists at Berkeley Lab's Molecular Foundry have joined forces with a research team at Stanford to aim a gene-targeting, antiviral agent called PAC-MAN against COVID-19. (2020-06-04)
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