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Genomes uncover life’s early history

August 24, 2015 9:30 am | by Univ. of Manchester | News | Comments

A Univ. of Manchester scientist is part of a team which has carried out one of the biggest ever analyses of genomes on life of all forms. This has allowed them to map the evolutionary history of eukaryotic genes in unprecedented detail, giving insight into the mechanisms of evolution in the very earliest forms of life.


Precise Controlled Cooling of Biological Samples

August 24, 2015 9:04 am | by ASYNT Ltd. | Product Releases | Comments

The ChilliBlock from Asynt is a new modular system purpose designed for precise, controlled cooling and heating of biological samples in microplates, vials and Eppendorf tubes. Traditionally methods of cooling biological samples often rely upon direct immersion in ice buckets which are prone to considerable temperature variability, contamination and loss of wetted labels.

Intractable pain may find relief in tiny gold rods

August 24, 2015 9:00 am | by Kyoto Univ. | News | Comments

A team of scientists at Kyoto Univ.'s Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS) has developed a novel technique using tiny gold rods to target pain receptors. Gold nanorods are tiny rods that are 1 to 100 nm wide and long. In comparison, a human hair is 100,000 nm wide. The team coated gold nanorods with a special type of protein that transports fat within the body known as a lipoprotein.


The R&D Index: Market Pulse – August 24, 2015

August 24, 2015 8:56 am | by Tim Studt | Articles | Comments

The R&D Index: Market Pulse for the week ending August 21, 2015, closed at 1511.46 for the 25 companies in the R&D Index. The R&D Index was down approximately 5.91% (or 95 basis points) over the previous week ending August 14, 2015. All components of the R&D Index were down for the week.


Graphene oxide’s secret properties revealed at atomic level

August 24, 2015 8:00 am | by Amanda Morris, Northwestern Univ. | News | Comments

Since its discovery, graphene has captured the attention of scientists and engineers for its many extraordinary properties. But graphene oxide, an oxidized derivative of graphene, largely has been viewed as graphene’s inferior cousin. Now a Northwestern Univ. team has found that graphene oxide’s seemingly undesirable defects surprisingly give rise to exciting mechanical properties.


Smooth robot movements reduce energy consumption by 40%

August 24, 2015 7:27 am | by Chalmers Univ. of Technology | News | Comments

By minimizing the acceleration of industrial robots, energy consumption can be reduced by up to 40%, while retaining the given production time. This is the result of a new optimization algorithm that was developed by researchers at Chalmers Univ. of Technology. Optimization of the robot's movements reduces acceleration and deceleration, as well as the time the robot is at a standstill since being at a standstill also consumes energy.


Adeno-Associated Virus Services for Gene Delivery

August 24, 2015 7:13 am | by AMSBIO | Product Releases | Comments

AMSBIO has introduced an expanded range of Adeno-associated virus (AAV) cloning and packaging services. Adeno-associated viruses are single-stranded DNA viruses that can infect a broad range of cell types including dividing and non-dividing cells and are, therefore, widely used vehicles for gene delivery.

Pages with Nanoparticles Help Filter Water

August 21, 2015 8:00 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

As a graduate student, Theresa Dankovich was following in McGill Univ.’s pulp and paper research tradition when she developed a book, with pages capable of purifying water by killing waterborne bacteria through nanotechnology. Her research was originally sponsored by Sentinel: Bioactive Paper Network, which aimed to design paper with antimicrobial effects for air and water filtration, among other uses.


Superlattice design realizes elusive multiferroic properties

August 21, 2015 5:00 pm | by Amanda Morris, Northwestern Univ. | News | Comments

From the spinning disc of a computer’s hard drive to the varying current in a transformer, many technological devices work by merging electricity and magnetism. But the search to find a single material that combines both electric polarizations and magnetizations remains challenging.


Chemical Compound Reduces Alcohol Cravings

August 21, 2015 4:30 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

Nearly 88,000 people die annually from an alcohol-related cause in the U.S., according to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Nationally, alcohol is the third leading preventable cause of death. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence reports that 17.6 million people in the country suffer from alcohol abuse, or dependence.


Researchers developing next generation of high-power lasers

August 21, 2015 4:00 pm | by Univ. of Strathclyde | News | Comments

Researchers at the Univ. of Strathclyde are developing groundbreaking plasma based light amplifiers that could replace traditional high-power laser amplifiers. The research group at the Glasgow-based university are leading efforts to take advantage of plasma, the ubiquitous medium that makes up most of the universe, to make the significant scientific breakthrough.


Chromatography Columns for Analytical and Prep Protein Separations

August 21, 2015 3:46 pm | by JM Science | Product Releases | Comments

Chromatographic separations of proteins are based on their difference either in size (size exclusion chromatography), electric charges (ion exchange chromatography) or hydrophobicity (reversed-phase chromatography). JM Science offers a complete line of Shiseido HPLC CAPCELL PAK Columns with the developed Proteonavi to separate proteins and peptides in reversed phase mode. Adsorption to a stationary phase is one of the most common limiting factors in...

Venus flytrap inspires development of folding “snap” geometry

August 21, 2015 3:00 pm | by Univ. of Massachusetts Amherst | News | Comments

Inspired by natural "snapping" systems like Venus flytrap leaves and hummingbird beaks, a team led by physicist Christian Santangelo at the Univ. of Massachusetts Amherst has developed a way to use curved creases to give thin curved shells a fast, programmable snapping motion. The new technique avoids the need for complicated materials and fabrication methods when creating structures with fast dynamics.


Digital Information in DNA Strands

August 21, 2015 2:30 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

In the Middles Ages, a majority of Greek and Roman texts were lost. But in large monasteries, monks dutifully hand copied texts in rooms called scriptoriums. Working in silence, they preserved works, which may have otherwise been lost. According to Robert Grass, of ETH Zürich, the monks were preserving information for future generations. In a digital age, the question facing modern society is how to preserve intangible information.


Engineers improving safety, reliability of batteries

August 21, 2015 2:00 pm | by The Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville | News | Comments

The next big step forward in the quest for sustainable, more efficient energy is tantalizingly within reach thanks to research being led by Univ. of Tennessee’s Joshua Sangoro. Sangoro, an assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, heads a group devoted to the study of soft materials.



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