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A rapid, easy-to-use DNA amplification method at 37°C

Study could advance molecular diagnosis and robotics

17-Jun-2019

Scientists in Japan have developed a way of amplifying DNA on a scale suitable for use in the emerging fields of DNA-based computing and molecular robotics. By enabling highly sensitive nucleic acid detection, their method could improve disease diagnostics and accelerate the development of ...

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Green catalysts with Earth-abundant metals accelerate production of bio-based plastic

How crystalline structure can affect the performance of MnO2 catalysts

10-Jan-2019

Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) have developed and analyzed a novel catalyst for the oxidation of 5-hydroxymethyl furfural, which is crucial for generating new raw materials that replace the classic non-renewable ones used for making many plastics. It should be no ...

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A new molecular player involved in T cell activation

13-Dec-2018

When bacteria or viruses enter the body, proteins on their surfaces are recognized and processed to activate T cells, white blood cells with critical roles in fighting infections. During T-cell activation, a molecular complex known as the microtubule-organizing center (MTOC) moves to a central ...

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Metallic nanoparticles light up another path towards eco-friendly catalysts

Platinum clusters consisting 19 atoms perform 50 times higher catalytic activity

19-Nov-2018

Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology produced subnano-sized metallic particles that are very effective as catalysts for the oxidation of hydrocarbons. These catalysts can be as much as 50 times more effective than well-known Au-Pd bimetallic nanocatalysts.The oxidation of aromatic ...

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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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Harnessing energy from algae

An enzyme that could help accelerate biofuel production

21-Aug-2018

Researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology have honed in on an enzyme belonging to the glycerol-3-phosphate acyltransferase (GPAT) family as a promising target for increasing biofuel production from the red alga Cyanidioschyzon merolae. Algae are known to store up large amounts of oils called ...

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Sweet success

Nanocapsule perfectly binds sucrose in water

07-Sep-2017

Scientists around the world are pursuing the goal of developing synthetic receptors capable of recognizing biologically important molecules. Although many attempts have been made to mimic the way that protein pockets detect sugar dissolved in water with hydrogen bonding interactions, few have ...

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Reusable ruthenium-based catalyst could be a game-changer for the biomass industry

05-Sep-2017

Known for their outstanding versatility, primary amines (derivatives of ammonia) are industrially important compounds used in the preparation of a wide range of dyes, detergents and medicines. Although many attempts have been made to improve their synthesis using catalysts containing nickel, ...

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Atomic-level sensors enable measurements of the electric field

Are artificially introduced into a working semiconductor device

06-Feb-2017

Semiconductors lie at the heart of many of the electronic devices that govern our daily lives. The proper functioning of semiconductor devices relies on their internally generated electric fields. Being able to measure these fields on the nanoscale is crucial for the development of ...

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Catalyst redefines rate limitations in ammonia production

01-Apr-2015

Studies by researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology have developed a catalyst that is so effective at promoting dissociation of the nitrogen bond in ammonia production reactions that it is no longer the step limiting the rate of the reaction.Ammonia (NH3) is crucial for the industrial ...

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