Archive for the ‘Science’ Category

Harvard researchers pinpoint enzyme that triggers cell demise in ALS

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016
Harvard researchers pinpoint enzyme that triggers cell demise in ALS
Blocking enzyme’s activity is the target for patient therapy
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Ultracold Dipolar Gas of Fermionic Na23K40 Molecules in Their Absolute Ground State Jee Woo Park, Sebastian A. Will, and Martin W. Zwierlein Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 205302 – Published 18 May 2015

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

Ultracold Dipolar Gas of Fermionic Na23K40 Molecules in Their Absolute Ground State

Jee Woo Park, Sebastian A. Will, and Martin W. Zwierlein
Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 205302 – Published 18 May 2015

http://journals.aps.org/prl/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevLett.114.205302

Biologists unravel drug-resistance mechanism in tumor cells

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016
Biologists unravel drug-resistance mechanism in tumor cells

Targeting the RNA-binding protein that promotes resistance could lead to better cancer therapies.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office
October 22, 2015

  • P53, which helps healthy cells prevent genetic mutations, is missing from about half of all tumors. Researchers have found that a backup system takes over when p53 is disabled and encourages cancer cells to continue dividing. In the background of this illustration are crystal structures of p53 DNA-binding domains.

    P53, which helps healthy cells prevent genetic mutations, is missing from about half of all tumors. Researchers have found that a backup system takes over when p53 is disabled and encourages cancer cells to continue dividing. In the background of this illustration are crystal structures of p53 DNA-binding domains.

    Image: Jose-Luis Olivares/MIT (p53 illustration by Richard Wheeler/Wikimedia Commons)

The world’s tiniest temperature sensor is powered by radio waves

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016
The world’s tiniest temperature sensor is powered by radio waves

 

Researchers at TU/e have developed a very tiny wireless temperature sensor that is powered in a very special way: from the radio waves that are part of the sensor’s wireless network. This means that the sensor needs not even a single wire, nor a battery that would have to be replaced. The arrival of such sensors is an important development on route towards smart buildings, for instance. But the applications are many and various.

https://www.tue.nl/en/university/news-and-press/news/04-12-2015-s-werelds-kleinste-temperatuursensor-haalt-zijn-energie-uit-radiogolven/

A microfluidic sonication device for the production of coated microbubbles

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016
A microfluidic sonication device for the production of coated microbubbles

 

The Oxford Team has developed a platform technology that could be used in a clinical setting to produce microbubbles employed as contrast agents in ultrasound imaging or as drug delivery vehicles. The technology also has other applications including foods, paints, biofuels and cosmetic products.

http://innovation.ox.ac.uk/licence-details/microfluidic-sonication-device-production-coated-microbubbles/#.V62G0rGTGY4.twitter

 

Finding biological barcodes

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016
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Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

‘Edible’ robots and batteries you can swallow could finally help cure cancer

Carnegie Mellon University

http://www.wired.co.uk/article/swallow-batteries-robots-disease

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

Sprinkling of neural dust opens door to electroceuticals

Sprinkling of neural dust opens door to electroceuticals

http://news.berkeley.edu/2016/08/03/sprinkling-of-neural-dust-opens-door-to-electroceuticals/

Flaming fuel on water creates ‘blue whirl’ that burns clean

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

Flaming fuel on water creates ‘blue whirl’ that burns clean

Magazine issue: Vol. 190, No. 6, September 17, 2016, p. 5

Method may have practical use in fuel spill cleanup
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https://www.sciencenews.org/article/flaming-fuel-water-creates-blue-whirl-burns-clean

Fat fuels cancer’s spread in mice

Monday, December 12th, 2016

The cells responsible for cancer’s spread — and for most deaths from cancer — may have a fatal weakness according to studies in mice: a reliance on certain fats to fuel their invasion.

Steve Gschmeissner/Science Photo Library

Fat cells (pictured) could be key to how cancers spread throughout the body.

http://www.nature.com/news/fat-fuels-cancer-s-spread-in-mice-1.21092?WT.mc_id=TWT_NatureNews