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05/14/2021
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  • One of the world's fastest cameras films motion of electrons
    During the conversion of light into electricity, such as in solar cells, a large part of the input light energy is lost. This is due to the behaviour of electrons inside of materials. If light hits...
  • The world's smallest tic-tac-toe game board with DNA
    It was just about a year ago that Caltech scientists in the laboratory of Lulu Qian, assistant professor of bioengineering, announced they had used a technique known as DNA origami to create tiles ...
  • Developing innovative electrolytic cell
    Working together with external partners, chemists, materials scientists and chemical engineers at FAU have developed an innovative microcell for water electrolysis.They hope to replace standard pla...
  • Photochemical deracemization of chiral compounds achieved
    Enantiomeric molecules resemble each other like right and left hands. Both variants normally arise in chemical reactions. But frequently only one of the two forms is effectual in biology and medici...
  • Reliably simulating polyurethane foams
    Polyurethane foams - PU foams for short - play a big role in our everyday lives, even if we are generally not aware of them. We sit and lie on them every day: car seats and mattresses, for example,...
  • Investigating effects of cattle manure on water quality
    JRC scientists have started investigating how chemical substances migrate from cattle manure to water. The research aims at minimising contamination risks in the context of circular economy. JRC sc...
  • Easy to Use 3D Bioprinting Technique Creates Lifelike Tissues From Natural Materials
    Bioengineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a 3D bioprinting technique that works with natural materials and is easy to use, allowing researchers of varying levels of tech...
  • Green Production of Chemicals for Industry
    Industry consumes large quantities of crude oil to produce basic substances for drugs, cosmetics, plastics, or food. However, these processes consume a lot of energy and produce waste. Biological p...
  • Neural networks let microscopists see more
    Modern microscopes can record many hours of 3D time-lapse movies of every cell as an organism develops. Just as for regular photography, fluorescence microscopy requires enough light to avoid dark ...
  • Drug cocktail turns off the juice to cancer cells
    A widely used diabetes medication combined with an antihypertensive drug specifically inhibits tumor growth - this was discovered by researchers from the University of Basel's Biozentrum two years ...
  • New ways to look at protein-RNA networks
    For their vital tasks, all RNA molecules in our cells require proteins as binding partners. Scientists at the German Cancer Research Center (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, DKFZ) and colleagues f...
  • Artificial synapses made from nanowires
    Scientists from Jülich together with colleagues from Aachen and Turin have produced a memristive element made from nanowires that functions in much the same way as a biological nerve cell. The comp...
  • Replacing crude oil with alternative fuels
    More than four billion tons of crude oil are produced every year. Electricity from wind, solar and hydropower plants cannot entirely supplant fossil sources of energy. At best, renewables could cov...
  • Streamlining radical chemistry
    In 1789, Antoine Lavoisier already used 'radical' in his Traité Élémentaire de Chimie - although the term had a slightly different meaning back then. Now, ICIQ researchers are still using radicals ...
  • Discovering new enzymes just got easier
    What if you could make plants produce biodegradable plastic? Make textiles without polluting the environment? Produce innovative new food ingredients? EMBL-EBI and Biocatalysts are working on it. B...
  • A new lab for the smart communities of the future
    JRC's new Smart Grid Interoperability Laboratory researches and evaluates ways to achieve integration and interoperability between smart devices and systems. The lab will help to ensure that new...
  • First study of terahertz radiation in liquids
    A research team from ITMO University and the University of Rochester (the USA) have conducted a study on the formation of terahertz radiation in liquids. Previously, the generation of such radiatio...
  • Fundamental insights into the degradation pathway of the amino acid lysine
    In fact, they were looking for a specific enzyme. What they found is something so fundamental that their new findings might well find their way into textbooks. Referred to here is the amino acid ly...
  • Global Warming increases the risk of an extinction Domino Effect
    The complex network of interdependencies between plants and animals multiplies the species at risk of extinction due to environmental change, according to a JRC study. In the case of global warm...