Brewing up plant-inspired medicines

A yeast-based biomanufacturing platform pioneered by US synthetic biology company Antheia aims to replace growing, harvesting and extracting complex molecules from plants to make natural product-derived drugs. This technology could shorten the production timeline for crucial medicines from as much as five years down to a matter of weeks. The approach reconstructs multi-step biochemical pathways […]

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Daikin-America employee dies from chemical exposure

An employee of Daikin-America, which develops and manufactures fluorochemical products from a plant in Alabama, US, has died from suspected sulfur dioxide exposure at work, according to local media. Wesley Rusk worked in the ‘gas area’ of the plant, and after exposure in early July, he experienced chest tightness, headaches, shortness of breath, and coughing, […]

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Designing better batteries for electric vehicles

The urgent need to cut carbon emissions is prompting a rapid move toward electrified mobility and expanded deployment of solar and wind on the electric grid. If those trends escalate as expected, the need for better methods of storing electrical energy will intensify. “We need all the strategies we can get to address the threat […]

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An unprecedented peek into life of 17,000-year-old mammoth

An international research team has retraced the astonishing lifetime journey of an Arctic woolly mammoth, which covered enough of the Alaska landscape during its 28 years to almost circle the Earth twice. Scientists gathered unprecedented details of its life through analysis of a 17,000-year-old fossil from the University of Alaska Museum of the North. By […]

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Farmers help create ‘Virtual safe space’ to save bumblebees

Solutions to help pollinators can be tested using a “virtual safe space” tool created by scientists at the University of Exeter in collaboration with farmers and land managers. BEE-STEWARD is a decision-support tool which provides a computer simulation of bumblebee colony survival in a given landscape. The tool lets researchers, farmers, policymakers and other interested […]

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‘Likes’ and ‘shares’ teach people to express more outrage online

Social media platforms like Twitter amplify expressions of moral outrage over time because users learn such language gets rewarded with an increased number of “likes” and “shares,” a new Yale University study shows. And these rewards had the greatest influence on users connected with politically moderate networks. “Social media’s incentives are changing the tone of […]

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Babies are calorie-burning machines

Most of us remember a time when we could eat anything we wanted and not gain weight. But a new study suggests your metabolism — the rate at which you burn calories — actually peaks much earlier in life, and starts its inevitable decline later than you might guess. The findings will appear Aug. 12 […]

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Research into small protein sheds light on battling diabetes

A new study has shown that treating type 1 diabetes-prone mice with the small protein MOTS-c prevented the immune system from destroying insulin-producing pancreatic cells, effectively preventing the onset of the autoimmune disease. The small protein that first made headlines as an “exercise mimetic” increasingly appears to also have a big role in regulating the immune system, […]

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Analysis Can Predict Individual Differences In Cardiovascular Responses To Altered Gravity

In a new study, Texas A&M University researchers have used a simulation-based approach to accurately predict the effects of altered gravity on an individual-by-individual basis. Their approach precludes the need for simultaneously testing hundreds of parameters for estimating the cardiovascular state of an individual; rather, it focuses on a handful of significant factors, increasing accuracy […]

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Faster path planning for rubble-roving robots

Robots that need to use their arms to make their way across treacherous terrain just got a speed upgrade with a new path planning approach, developed by University of Michigan researchers. The improved algorithm path planning algorithm found successful paths three times as often as standard algorithms, while needing much less processing time. A new […]

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