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antibiotics

Soil Prospecting Yields Wealth of Potential Antibiotics

Soil, the source of our best antibiotics, can be more thoroughly mined for new drugs and other useful chemicals with the help of metagenomics,...
oesophageal cancer

Combining Heartburn Drugs and Aspirin Could Help Prevent Oesophageal Cancer in...

In the famous words of Benjamin Franklin: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” While he may have been talking about fire...
splash of detergentvideo

A Splash of Detergent Makes Catalytic Compounds More Powerful

Researcher David Rosenberg examines images of a white powder under a powerful scanning electron microscope. Up close, the powder looks like coarse gravel, a...
Fine-tuning a new crop

Fine-Tuning a New Crop That Saves Soil, Produces Grain and Forage...

On a splendid May day, Valentin Picasso is visiting tests of a crop called kernza at the Arlington Agricultural Research Station north of Madison....
Cholesterol vaccine

‘Cholesterol Vaccine’: Twice-Yearly Jab Could Help to Halve ‘Bad’ Cholesterol

Researchers say the drug, which works by silencing genes in the liver and could be delivered by injection at a GP surgery just twice...
diabetes treatments

Hacking ‘Drug Trafficking’ Network Could Make Diabetes Treatments More Effective

The findings come from early-stage studies in both human cells and mice in which researchers tweaked the structure of an existing treatment for type...
fish biodiversity

Small Changes in Rainforests Cause Big Damage to Fish Ecosystems

Researchers had expected the level of damage would rise depending on the amount of logging and were surprised to discover the impact of removing...
diabetes

This Gene Affects How Some Women Store Fat – and Increases...

A natural variation of the gene KLF14 causes some women to store fat on their bellies and hips and puts them at significantly increased risk of Type...
Silicon Nanoparticles

Mining Hardware Helps Scientists Gain Insight into Silicon Nanoparticles

Researchers from ITMO University and their international colleagues have developed the first three-dimensional dynamic model of an interaction between light and silicon nanoparticles. They...
microorganisms

Scientists Stain Extremophile Microorganisms with Fluorescent Dyes

Halophiles, which is the ancient Greek for “salt-loving,” are microorganisms that thrive in high salt concentrations. Their ability to survive in hostile environments makes...
polar bearsvideo

Polar Bears Finding It Harder to Catch Enough Seals to Meet...

A new study finds polar bears in the wild have higher metabolic rates than previously thought, and as climate change alters their environment a...
HIV detection

Quick HIV Detection Method Could Diagnose Early Disease

The test in question could also be adapted to be used in other infectious diseases such as Ebola and Zika. In recent years, diseases such...
interactomics

Measuring Molecular Interactions

Science now has a new “omics” – an interactomics, which deals with the interactions between proteins and small molecules. Having previously focused on genomics...
algorithms

The Algorithms of Our Future Thinking Machines

It has been almost a year since IT researchers at Uppsala University and KTH received 24 million kronor from the Swedish Research Council for...
microtubules

Let the Good Tubes Roll

Materials scientists, led by a team at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, designed a tiny tube that rolls up and zips...
dead trees

100 Million Dead Trees in the Sierra Are a Massive Risk...

To drive through parts of the Sierra Nevada these days is to witness a morbid reminder of California’s extreme drought: Vast landscapes of standing...
tiny crystals

UT Dallas Scientists Study the Powers of Tiny Crystals

When it comes to the way scientists react to their discoveries, “That’s interesting” falls somewhere between “Eureka!” and “Uh-oh.” “Interesting” is just what Dr. Jeremiah...
global temperaturevideo

Long-Term Warming Trend Continued in 2017: NASA, NOAA

Earth’s global surface temperatures in 2017 ranked as the second warmest since 1880, according to an analysis by NASA. Continuing the planet's long-term warming trend,...
climate change

Using Data Mining to Make Sense of Climate Change

Big data and data mining have provided several breakthroughs in fields such as health informatics, smart cities and marketing. The same techniques, however, have...
graphene

Light May Unlock a New Quantum Dance for Electrons in Graphene

A team of researchers has devised a simple way to tune a hallmark quantum effect in graphene—the material formed from a single layer of...