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Could interstellar ice provide the answer to birth of DNA?
Researchers at the University of York have shown that molecules brought to earth in meteorite strikes could potentially be converted into the building blocks of DNA. (2017-09-14)

Scientists create new 'designer proteins' in fight against Alzheimer's and cancer
Chemists at the University of Leicester have reported a breakthrough in techniques to develop new drugs in the fight against diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer's. (2014-09-24)

Unexpected discovery about essential enzyme
The enzyme that produces DNA building blocks plays an important role when cells divide. In a new study, researchers have discovered for the first time that the so-called master switch of the enzyme can change locations -- while still performing the same task. (2018-02-21)

Hebrew University researchers demonstrate why DNA breaks down in cancer cells
Damage to normal DNA is a hallmark of cancer cells. Although it had previously been known that damage to normal cells is caused by stress to their DNA replication when cancerous cells invade, the molecular basis for this remained unclear. (2011-05-03)

'Building blocks' of bird calls resemble human languages
New study sheds light on whether animal vocalisations, like human words, are constructed from smaller building-blocks. Findings raise the exciting possibility that the capacity to generate meaning from meaningless building blocks is widespread in animals. (2019-09-09)

Researcher Gains 30,000% Saving Using "Bargain Basement" Chemistry To Create Complex Industrially Useful Molecules
Dr Mike Hannon, from the University of Warwick's Department of Chemistry, has devised a method using what could be described as innovative (1997-11-28)

Molecular machine could hold key to more efficient manufacturing
An industrial revolution on a minute scale is taking place in laboratories at The University of Manchester with the development of a highly complex machine that mimics how molecules are made in nature. (2013-01-10)

Minimal changes alter an enzyme dramatically
A new study by a research team at Uppsala University shows how new functions can develop in an enzyme. This can explain, for example, how resistance to toxins can occur so simply. The findings are now being published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry. (2010-01-19)

Chemists learn to build curved structures with nanoscale building blocks
The natural world is full of curves and three dimensions, but the ability to deliberately and rationally construct such complex structures using nanoscale building blocks has eluded nanotechnologists. Now a team of Northwestern University chemists report they have discovered ways to construct nanoscale building blocks that assemble into flat or curved structures with a high level of predictability, depending on the architecture and composition of the building blocks. (2004-01-15)

Heterogeneous nanoblocks give polymers an edge
Building structures by mixing Lego bricks of two different sizes is child's play. However, studying polymers endowed with an alternating nanostructure made of heterogeneous blocks is anything but straightforward. Theoretical physicist Mark Matsen, based at the University of Reading, UK, has shown, in a study published in EPJ E, that the underlying heterogeneity of the blocks can cause polymers to switch to different nanoscale patterns and therefore display different properties. (2013-08-05)

Nanoscale engineering transforms particles into 'LEGO-like' building blocks
Researchers have developed a nanoscale engineering method that transforms tiny particles into 'LEGO-like' modular building blocks. (2016-10-10)

TU scientists in Nature: Better control of building blocks for quantum computer
Scientists from the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience at TU Delft and Eindhoven University of Technology in The Netherlands have succeeded in controlling the building blocks of a future super-fast quantum computer. They are now able to manipulate these building blocks (qubits) with electrical rather than magnetic fields. They have also been able to embed these qubits into semiconductor nanowires. The scientists' findings have been published in the current issue of the science journal Nature. (2010-12-23)

DNA research offers clues on cell mutation
A Colorado State University team has found that RNA plays a new and important role in the DNA repair process. (2016-01-06)

Biologists discover bacterial defense mechanism against aggressive oxygen
Bacteria possess an ingenious mechanism for preventing oxygen from harming the building blocks of the cell. This is the new finding of a team of biologists that includes Joris Messens of VIB, a life sciences research institute in Flanders, Belgium, connected to the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. (2009-11-20)

Building blocks of bird babble identified
A new study by an international team headed by the University of Zurich sheds light on whether animal vocalizations, like human words, are constructed from smaller building blocks. By analyzing calls of the Australian chestnut-crowned babbler, the researchers have for the first time identified the meaning-generating building blocks of a non-human communication system. (2019-09-09)

Study of protein cages strengthens Bristol's position at forefront of synthetic biology
A multidisciplinary team of mathematicians, theoretical physicists, chemists and biochemists from the University of Bristol came together to study the self-assembly of protein building into protein cages with possible applications in nanotechnology and synthetic biology. (2017-08-07)

Making better medicines with a handful of chemical building blocks
Soon, making and improving medical drugs could be as easy for chemists as stacking blocks is for a child. University of Illinois chemist Martin Burke, a pioneer of a technique that constructs complex molecules from simple chemical 'building blocks,' led a group that found that thousands of compounds in a class of molecules called polyenes -- many of which have great potential as drugs -- can be built simply and economically from a scant one dozen different building blocks. (2014-05-19)

New insights in survival strategies of bacteria
Bacteria are particularly ingenious when it comes to survival strategies. They often create a biofilm to protect themselves from a hostile environment, e.g. during antibiotics treatment. A biofilm is a bacterial community surrounded by protective slime capsule consisting of sugar chains and 'curli.' VIB/VUB scientist have created a detailed 3-D image of the pores through which curli building blocks cross the bacterial cell wall, a crucial step in the formation of the protective slime capsule. (2014-09-14)

Molecular insights into spider silk
Spider silk belongs to the toughest fibres in nature and has astounding properties. Scientists from the University of W├╝rzburg discovered new molecular details of self-assembly of a spider silk fibre protein. (2018-12-07)

3-D-printing lab instruments 1 block at a time
Building lab instruments for chemistry and biology experiments used to be an expensive, time consuming process only done by scientists with specialized training. A 3-D printed, Lego-like system of blocks designed by a UC Riverside team is changing that. In addition to real research applications, the system can also be used for STEM education, where students gain both an engineering experience by building the instruments and a science experience as they use them. (2016-07-20)

Damaged DNA amplified
For the first time, researchers have succeeded in amplifying genes altered by activities such as smoking -- with changes that can lead to lung cancer. As the amplified genes retain the altered information, this marks an important step towards quickly and efficiently localizing this type of genetic alteration and improving our ability to analyze causes of cancer. (2015-01-15)

Nanosoftball made of DNA
A team led by Guenter von Kiedrowski at the Ruhr University in Bochum has made a dodecahedron from DNA building blocks. These objects are formed in a self-assembly process from 20 individual trisoligonucleotides, building blocks consisting of a (2008-04-01)

EarthCube: NSF funds $14.5 million in grants to improve geosciences cyberinfrastructure
Imagine a world with unlimited access to scientific data in any field, where researchers can plot data from any source and visualize it any way they'd like, and where they can model results and explore ideas from a desktop, a lab or the field. (2013-10-29)

Rutgers scientists discover 'Legos of life'
Rutgers scientists have found the 'Legos of life' -- four core chemical structures that can be stacked together to build the myriad proteins inside every organism -- after smashing and dissecting nearly 10,000 proteins to understand their component parts. The four building blocks make energy available for humans and all other living organisms, according to a study published online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (2018-01-22)

Did life emerge in the 'primordial soup' via DNA or RNA? Maybe both
Scientists have long debated which genetic information carrier -- DNA or RNA -- started life on Earth, but a new study suggests life could have begun with a bit of both. The research, led by scientists from the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology, in Cambridge, UK, shows for the first time how some of the building blocks of both DNA and RNA could have spontaneously formed and co-existed in the 'primordial soup' on Earth. (2020-06-03)

Building blocks of the Earth
Geologists from the Universities of Cologne and Bonn gain new insights regarding the Earth's composition by analysing meteorites. They conclude that the building blocks that brought volatile elements to Earth have a chemical composition similar to that of primitive carbonaceous chondrites. (2019-06-04)

Blue light special: FSU researcher finds new chemical clusters emit highly efficient light
A Florida State University research team has discovered that a unique organic-inorganic compound containing zero-dimensional molecular clusters emits a highly efficient blue light. (2018-10-01)

UQ research touches a nerve
University of Queensland researchers have traced the origins of one of the most important steps in animal evolution -- the development of nerves. (2008-08-20)

Research into building walls based on the 'Lego principle' wins international prize
Scientists at the University of Luxembourg have developed new masonry elements for the construction of mortarless walls. The building elements are simply slotted into one another in an interlocking system, similar to that used with Lego bricks. The researcher Shahriar Agaajani has studied the characteristics of walls built in this way. For his findings, he has now received an international award from the London-based International Masonry Society for the best doctoral thesis of 2015. (2016-06-03)

New knowledge about the building blocks of life
A study of an enzyme that helps build and repair DNA in living organisms increases our understanding of how these processes are controlled and how we can use this to combat infections. (2016-09-02)

Charge density and optical properties of multicomponent crystals
Optical materials serve a major role in modern sciences and technology. Many of the devices we use feature technology resulting from material discoveries in this fast moving area of research. (2015-08-07)

Magnets for the second dimension
ETH Zurich scientists have developed cube-shaped magnetic building blocks that can be assembled into two-dimensional shapes and controlled by an external magnetic field. They can be used for soft robotics applications. (2019-11-11)

Playing with blocks may help children's spatial and math thinking
Playing with blocks may help preschoolers develop the kinds of skills that support later learning in science, technology, engineering, and math, according to a new study that examined over a hundred three-year-olds of various socioeconomic levels. Researchers emphasized the importance of the study's implications because block building and puzzle play can improve children's spatial skills that in turn support complex mathematical problem solving in middle and high school. (2013-09-24)

Researchers have developed a new class of artificial proteins
In the journal, Nature Communications, a team of Danish researchers reports that they have developed a new class of artificial proteins. In the long term, the results could lead to better treatment of cancer and diabetes. (2016-08-09)

Forging a new periodic table using nanostructures
Northwestern University's Chad Mirkin has developed a new set of building blocks based on nanoparticles and DNA. Using these tools, scientists will be able to build -- from the bottom up, just as nature does -- new and useful structures. Mirkin has built more than 200 different crystal structures with 17 different particle arrangements. Some of the lattice types can be found in nature, but many are new structures that have no naturally occurring mineral counterpart. (2013-02-17)

A polymer that puts plastic on a better path toward recyclability
Researchers have developed a family of synthetic polymers that can be repeatedly recycled, an important feat because current efforts to recycle plastic are so limited. (2018-04-26)

A new set of building blocks for simple synthesis of complex molecules
Assembling chemicals can be like putting together a puzzle. University of Illinois chemists have developed a way of fitting the pieces together to more efficiently build complex molecules, beginning with a powerful and promising antioxidant. (2011-08-23)

MIT team reports powerful tool for studying sugars
MIT researchers report a powerful new tool for studying complex sugars, materials that have recently been shown to play key roles in processes from viral infection to tissue development. The tool is a sequencing technique for determining the order of building blocks in complex sugars. (1999-10-15)

K-State researchers shake things up for earthquakes
Kansas State University researchers are working to build safer structures to save lives and limit damage caused by earthquakes like the one in Turkey. (2000-07-10)

Challenging metabolism may help fight disease
New research by Swansea University academics has shown that harnessing metabolism at a cellular level may help to relieve or heal a range of disorders. (2019-05-07)

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