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ebola

Unlocking the Secrets of Ebola

Scientists have identified a set of biomarkers that indicate which patients infected with the Ebola virus are most at risk of dying from the...
enzyme

Neutrons Probe Oxygen-Generating Enzyme for a Greener Approach to Clean Water

A new study sheds light on a unique enzyme that could provide an eco-friendly treatment for chlorite-contaminated water supplies and improve water quality worldwide. An...
Electrochemistry

Electrochemistry Opens up Novel Access to Important Classes of Substances

Electrochemistry has undergone a renaissance in recent years and numerous research groups are currently working on the environmentally friendly production or conversion of molecules....
solar cell

Twisting Molecule Wrings More Power from Solar Cells

The Science Inside a solar cell, sunlight excites electrons. But these electrons often don’t last long enough to go on to power cell phones or...
graphene water filtervideo

Graphene Water Filter Turns Whisky Clear

Previously graphene-oxide membranes were shown to be completely impermeable to all solvents except for water. However, a study published in Nature Materials, now shows...
synthetic circuits

Synthetic Circuits Can Harvest Light Energy

By organizing pigments on a DNA scaffold, an MIT-led team of researchers has designed a light-harvesting material that closely mimics the structure of naturally...
nanocatalyst

New Photocatalyst Converts Carbon Dioxide to 99% Pure Fuel

A KAIST research team led by Professor Hyunjoon Song of the Department of Chemistry developed a metal oxide nanocatalyst that converts carbon dioxide to...
plasma ringvideo

Engineers Create Stable Plasma Ring in Open Air

Matter can exist in four distinct phases: solid, liquid, gas, and plasma. Plasmas are made of charged particles—ions and electrons—and occur naturally on Earth...
solar cells

A Simple Soak for a Solar Tune-Up

The performance of solar cells that consist of semiconductor nanoparticles surrounded by ligand molecules is now easier to control. Researchers from KAUST have developed...
silk

How to Build Better Silk

When it comes to concocting the complex mix of molecules that makes up fibers of natural silk, nature beats human engineering hands down. Despite...
Plant power

New Routes to Renewables: Sandia Speeds Transformation of Biofuel Waste into...

A Sandia National Laboratories-led team has demonstrated faster, more efficient ways to turn discarded plant matter into chemicals worth billions. The team’s findings could...
skin diseases

Protect the Skin, Build Barriers: Old Acquaintance in a New Role

To ensure the barrier function of the skin, mutual regulation of connections between epidermal cells and a receptor for growth factors is necessary. These...
glaucoma

Scientists Discover Potential Treatment to Stop Glaucoma in Its Tracks

Vision scientists at UC Berkeley and the University of Toronto have discovered that naturally occurring molecules known as lipid mediators have the potential to...
antibiotics

New Model Reveals Possibility of Pumping Antibiotics into Bacteria

Researchers in the University of Wisconsin–Madison Department of Biochemistry have discovered that a cellular pump known to move drugs like antibiotics out of E....
wastewater treatment

EU Testing Way to Use Sun to Break up Plastics in...

While exposure to sunlight can degrade plastics into harmless elements, it’s a slow process. In some cases plastics can take several years to decompose....
plastic

The Super Material That Can Replace Plastic

Plastic is in many ways a wonder material. It’s easy to shape, and it’s strong and cheap to produce. But plastics have also become...
Protein Hydrogels

Researchers Report First-Ever Protein Hydrogels Made in Living Cells

Johns Hopkins cell biologists report what they believe is the first-ever creation of tiny protein-based gelatin-like clumps called hydrogels inside living cells. The ability...
polymers

UMass Amherst Researcher Makes New Bioinspired Polymers Using Electrostatic Force

University of Massachusetts Amherst chemical engineer Sarah L. Perry, working with a colleague at the University of Illinois, is creating new bioinspired materials using...
Cancer Treatment

3-D Imaging of Collagen may Become Vital Tool for Precision Cancer...

For an illness like cancer, doctors in search of definitive diagnosis often turn to computed tomography (CT) scans based on reconstructing a three-dimensional image...
cancer drug

Plastic Nanoparticles Inspired by Nature could Improve Cancer Drug Delivery

UNSW scientists have developed a way to control the shape of polymer molecules so they self-assemble into non-spherical nanoparticles – an advance that could...