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Stop aging?

Key molecule of aging discovered

22-Jun-2018

Every cell and every organism ages sooner or later. But why is this so? Scientists at the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg have now discovered for the first time a protein that represents a central switching point in the aging process. It controls the life span of an individual - from ...

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The world's tiniest first responders

'Walking molecules' haul away damaged DNA to the cell's emergency room

22-Jun-2018

The cell has its own paramedic team and emergency room to aid and repair damaged DNA, a new USC Dornsife study reveals. The findings are timely, as scientists are delving into the potential of genome editing with the DNA-cutting enzyme, CRISPR-Cas9, to treat diseases or to advance scientific ...

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An unlikely marriage among oxides

21-Jun-2018

Sebastian Siol is looking for new materials with unusual properties that were so far not accessible in experiments. To do this, he connects partners who don't really fit together: One partner forces the other into a state that would not be possible without the unlikely pairing. Siol also makes ...

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The 'flying' gas chromatograph

20-Jun-2018

The basis of the airborne laboratory complex is the gas microchromatograph, developed by the scientists of Samara University. The portable device weighs a little more than a kilogram and it completely replaces bulky laboratory devices. It can provide accurate data on the composition of the ...

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More than just a good flavor

Flavoring substances stimulate immune defenses

19-Jun-2018

Not only do citric acid and spicy 6-gingerol from ginger add special flavors to food and beverages; both substances also stimulate the molecular defenses in human saliva. That is the result of a human clinical trial by a team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the Leibniz-Institute ...

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Organic Crystals Twist, Bend, and Heal

Soft crystal gives a multifunctional, all-in-one material

19-Jun-2018

Crystals are brittle and inelastic? A novel class of smart, bendable crystalline organic materials has challenged this view. Now, scientists have engineered a molecular soft cocrystalline structure that bends and twists reversibly and without disintegration when stimulated by high temperature, ...

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New type of photosynthesis discovered

18-Jun-2018

The discovery changes our understanding of the basic mechanism of photosynthesis and should rewrite the textbooks. It will also tailor the way we hunt for alien life and provide insights into how we could engineer more efficient crops that take advantage of longer wavelengths of light. The ...

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Enigma of fatty acid metabolism solved

Enzyme shape controls its activity

15-Jun-2018

Fats are essential for our body. The core components of all fats are fatty acids. Their production is initiated by the enzyme ACC. Researchers at the University of Basel’s Biozentrum have now demonstrated how ACC assembles into distinct filaments. As the researchers report in “Nature,” the type ...

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New membrane reactors supply "green" raw materials for chemical industry

15-Jun-2018

In the future, closed carbon loops play an important role to drastically reduce carbon dioxide emissions and ensure safe and cost-effective access to carbon sources as the basis for products of the chemical industry. In order to increase the efficiency and thus profitability of the synthesis ...

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The biological role of europium

14-Jun-2018

Rare earth elements (REEs) are an indispensable component of the digital technologies that are now an integral part of our everyday life. Yet their biological role has been discovered only recently. A few years ago it became apparent that these metals are essential elements for methano- and ...

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