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Electrochemistry opens up novel access to important classes of substances

(Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet Mainz) Chemists at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz in Germany have succeeded in overcoming the problem of electrochemical polymer formation and in developing a sustainable and efficient synthesis strategy for these important products for the first time.

Anti-tumor and Immune-potentiating Enterococcus faecalis-2001 ?-glucans

(Bentham Science Publishers) Background: Enterococcus faecalis 2001 is a probiotic lactic acid bacterium and has been used as a biological response modifier (BRM). From physiological limitation of bacterial preservation in storage and safety, the live E. faecalis 2001 has been heat-treated and the BRM components containing high level of ?-glucan, named EF-2001, were prepared.

Semiconducting carbon nanotubes can reduce noise in carbon nanotube interconnects

(Bentham Science Publishers) This paper presents reduction of crosstalk and noise in CNT bundle interconnects. We propose the use of small diameter semiconducting CNTs as electromagnetic interference shields for CNT bundle interconnects.

No more deer in the headlight: Study finds large mammals do use road crossing structures

(Frontiers) A pilot study finds that large mammals are more likely to use wildlife crossing structures than move past a random location in the surrounding habitat. Animal movement also varied between crossing structures in different locations, suggesting that location might be more important than design. Show More Summary

Flashback Friday: Men with beards are more likely to be sexist.

Despite the recent popularity of beards, facial hair can be controversial: as we've previously shown, it makes men less likely to get hired and more likely to be seen as guilty by a jury. Well, all you beard-haters out there, here'sShow More Summary

Evaluation of novel hybrid membranes for carbon capture

(Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology) Hybrid materials known as mixed matrix membranes are considered a promising approach to capture carbon dioxide and mitigate against global warming. These materials are derived from a polymer combined with porous nanoparticles. Show More Summary

World's First Head Transplant on Corpse a Success, Doc Says

The first step in what USA Today says would be an "audacious" therapy reportedly took place in China Friday: the world's first human head transplant, achieved with two corpses. And Sergio Canavero—the Italian doctor behind the alleged procedure, says he plans to do the same thing next on two...

Scientists capture colliding organic nanoparticles on video for first time

(Northwestern University) A Northwestern University research team is the first to capture on video organic nanoparticles colliding and fusing together. This unprecedented view of 'chemistry in motion' will aid Northwestern nanoscientists...Show More Summary

Missing for 85 Years, Last Piece of Lost Painting Found

"It is the end of a great adventure," says Samir Al-Haddad at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium. Belgian researchers say they've found the fourth and final piece of a surrealist master's missing work, ending a search that's lasted more than 80 years, NPR reports. According to the...

Lung cancer triggers pulmonary hypertension

Nearly half of all advanced-stage lung cancer patients develop arterial pulmonary hypertension

The future of cell culture: A new continuous bioprocess developed

(Newcastle University) Scientists at Newcastle University, UK have developed a revolutionary technique to allow the continuous production and collection of cells.

Green Scum Coated the Lake—and Could Have Killed Him

Competing in a bass fishing tournament two years ago, Todd Steele cast his rod from his 21-foot motorboat—unaware that he was being poisoned. A thick, green scum coated western Lake Erie. And Steele, a semipro angler, was sickened by it. Driving home to Port Huron, Michigan, he felt lightheaded,...

To trim away a protein

Scientists present a novel method to directly and rapidly destroy any protein in any kind of cell

New theory rewrites opening moments of Chernobyl disaster

(Taylor & Francis Group) A brand-new theory of the opening moments during the Chernobyl disaster, the most severe nuclear accident in history, based on additional analysis is presented for the first time in the journal Nuclear Technology, an official journal of the American Nuclear Society.

'Zuma' Will Launch Today, and We Have No Idea What It Is

As far as secrets go, "Zuma" is a juicy one. That's the name given to the payload SpaceX is scheduled to blast into low earth orbit from Cape Canaveral sometime between 8pm and 10pm local time Thursday, and as CNET puts it, "just about all that is known about Zuma...

Microbial resident enables beetles to feed on a leafy diet

Thistle tortoise beetles outsource the job of breaking down plant cell walls to a symbiotic bacterium

'Ion billiards' cue novel material synthesis method

(Hokkaido University) A team of Hokkaido University researchers has developed a novel material synthesis method called proton-driven ion introduction (PDII) which utilizes a phenomenon similar to 'ion billiards.' The new method could pave the way for creating numerous new materials, thus drastically advancing materials sciences.

Trump to Reverse Obama's Ban on Import of Elephant Trophies

If you happened to shoot an elephant in Zimbabwe on or after Jan. 21, 2016, you'll be able to import its remains into the US, reports the Washington Post. This after confirmation from a Fish and Wildlife Service official that the Trump administration intends to once again allow the import...

New method analyzes corn kernel characteristics

(University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences) An ear of corn averages about 800 kernels. A traditional field method to estimate the number of kernels on the ear is to manually count the number of rows and multiply by the number of kernels in one length of the ear. Show More Summary

Brain training game linked to lower dementia risk a decade later

Could just ten sessions of brain training be enough to lower your risk of dementia by 29 per cent a decade later? A study suggests so, but some are sceptical

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