Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Atomic ‘re-packing’ behind metallic glass mystery

Credit: Lan S. et al., Nature Communications, March 17, 2017 An international collaboration involving Hokkaido University's high-voltage electron microscope has solved a puzzle about the atomi..

New smart system to reduce queues at roundabouts

Credit: Mariló Martín-Gasulla et al./UPV Long queues at certain approaches to some roundabouts could be reduced using magnetic detection devices under the road surface, which would activate a traff..

Organic-inorganic heterostructures with programmable electronic properties

Credit: Lohe Vertical stacks of different two-dimensional (2D) crystals, such as graphene, boron nitride, etc., held together by weak van der Waals forces are commonly referred to as "van der Waals..

Researchers control soft robots using magnetic fields

Credit: Joe Tracy A team of engineering researchers has made a fundamental advance in controlling so-called soft robots, using magnetic fields to remotely manipulate microparticle chains embedded i..

Microscopic muscles: How non-muscle cells find the strength to move

Credit: Mechanobiology Institute, Singapore Researchers from the Mechanobiology Institute, Singapore (MBI) at the National University of Singapore have described, for the first time, the ordered arr..

Viruses in the oceanic basement

Credit: Expedition AT26-03 Scientists A team of scientists from the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) showed for the first time that many ..

Sex-shifting fish: Growth rate could determine sea lamprey sex

Credit: Andrea Miehls, USGS p>Unlike most animals, sea lampreys, an invasive, parasitic species of fish damaging the Great Lakes, could become male or female depending on how quickly they grow, accor..

Mechanism for hMTH1’s broad substrate specificity revealed

Credit: Professor Yuriko Yamagata Human MutT homolog 1 (hMTH1) protein acts as the primary enzyme for breaking down (hydrolyzing) damaged (oxidized) deoxynucleoside triphosphates (dNTPs) the substr..

Japanese researchers make breakthrough in antioxidant enzyme linked to jaundice

Credit: Kei Wada Osaka - Jaundice, marked by yellowing of the skin, is common in infants, but also a symptom of various adult diseases. This discoloration is caused by excess bilirubin (BR), the su..

Choosing a simpler path to drug discovery

Credit: Kyoto University Drug discovery is in essence the designing of compounds to interact with disease-related proteins. And in many recent development efforts, this process increasingly relies ..

Quantum communication: How to outwit noise

Credit: IQOQI/Harald Ritsch Nowadays we communicate via radio signals and send electrical pulses through long cables. This could change soon, however: Scientists have been working intensely on develo..

Study finds one in eight Calgary homes exceed Health Canada’s acceptable radon level

Credit: Riley Brandt Radon gas is a colourless, odourless radioactive gas that has been linked to lung cancer. Now, University of Calgary, Cumming School of Medicine, researchers have proven it&#03..

Legos and origami inspire next-generation materials

Credit: Credit: Nan Yang, Jesse L. Silverberg. Inspired by the fun of playing with Legos, an international team of researchers from Tianjin University of Technology and Harvard University have used ..

The IT-LIVER European consortium unveils new TGF-beta functions in liver cancer

Credit: IDIBELL Recent research results from the TGF-beta and cancer research group at the Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBELL), within IT-Liver, a collaborative European action among ..