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How to produce fluorescent nanoparticles for medical applications in a nuclear reactor

12-Nov-2018

Under the leadership of Petr Cígler from the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry (IOCB Prague) and Martin Hrubý from the Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry (IMC), both of which are part of the Czech Academy of Sciences, a team of researchers has developed a revolutionary method for ...

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Nano-scale process may speed arrival of cheaper hi-tech products

12-Nov-2018

An inexpensive way to make products incorporating nanoparticles - such as high-performance energy devices or sophisticated diagnostic tests - has been developed by researchers. The process could speed the commercial development of devices, materials and technologies that exploit the physical ...

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Mutant protein tackles DNA guardian to promote cancer development

How tumour development is driven by mutations in important gene in preventing cancer

09-Nov-2018

Melbourne scientists have discovered how tumour development is driven by mutations in the most important gene in preventing cancer, p53. The research revealed that in the early stages of cancer, mutant p53 'tackles' the normal p53 protein and blocks it from carrying out its protective role. As a ...

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RNA Microchips

A new chapter in ribonucleic acid synthesis

08-Nov-2018

Ribonucleic acid (RNA) is, along with DNA and protein, one of the three primary biological macromolecules and was probably the first to arise in early life forms. In the “RNA world” hypothesis, RNA is able to support life on its own because it can both store information and catalyze biochemical ...

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A carbon neutral solution for desalination?

Maybe so by tapping into geothermal

07-Nov-2018

Water shortages are hitting some areas of the world hard, and with increasing global temperatures, more regions may be experiencing drought conditions. Countries such as Saudi Arabia rely on desalination plants to provide drinking water to their residents, producing 5 million cubic meters of ...

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Half a needle in a haystack

New method rapidly detects trace amounts of small molecule compounds

07-Nov-2018

Russian researchers from Prokhorov General Physics Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences(GPIRAS) and the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology(MIPT) have developed the world’s first ultrasensitive method for rapid detection of small molecules. This method detects trace amounts of ...

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Advancing stem cell therapy with biodegradable scaffold

New technology is aimed at central nervous system diseases and injuries

06-Nov-2018

Rutgers scientists have created a tiny, biodegradable scaffold to transplant stem cells and deliver drugs, which may help treat Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, aging brain degeneration, spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries. Stem cell transplantation, which shows promise as a ...

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Searching in soil, scientists find a new way to combat tuberculosis

05-Nov-2018

For decades, doctors have been using antibiotics to fight tuberculosis (TB). And consistently, the microbe responsible for the disease, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, has been fighting back. When confronted with current drugs, such as the antibiotic rifamycin, the bacterium often mutates in ways ...

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A "switch" to increase starch accumulation in algae

A brighter future for renewable energy and materials

05-Nov-2018

Results from a collaborative study by Tokyo Tech and Tohoku University, Japan, raise prospects for large-scale production of algae-derived starch, a valuable bioresource for biofuels and other renewable materials. Such bio-based products have the potential to replace fossil fuels and contribute ...

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A transparent flexible material of silk and nanotubes

Nanotube interactions with silk fibroins - key to flexible, degradable electronics

02-Nov-2018

The silk fibers produced by Bombyx mori, the domestic silkworm, has been prized for millennia as a strong yet lightweight and luxurious material. Although synthetic polymers like nylon and polyester are less costly, they do not compare to silk's natural qualities and mechanical properties. And ...

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