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Special issue of Future Medicinal Chemistry explores advances in neurodegenerative disease therapy

(Future Science Group) Future Medicinal Chemistry, a leading MEDLINE indexed journal for medicinal chemists, has published two Special Focus issues on Medicinal Chemistry Advances in Neurodegenerative Disease Therapy.

Neutron-rich nucleus shapeshifts between a rugby ball and a discus

(RIKEN) Researchers have shown that there are two coexisting, competing quantum shapes at low energy in 98Kr, never before seen for neutron-rich Kr isotopes. The team also showed that these isotopes experience a gentle onset of deformation...Show More Summary

Graduation week, celebrating Honorands: medics, mathematicians and sportspeople

Today graduates from the Schools of Management, Economics and Finance, Mathematics and Statistics and Medicine will be receiving their degrees in the Younger Hall. To commemorate these ceremonies, we will […]

Graduation week, celebrating Honorands: Monty Python

On this final day of graduation week 2017, comedian, broadcaster and writer Michael Palin is to be awarded the degree of Doctor of Science (DSc) at this morning’s graduation ceremony. […]

Talking Confederate Monuments on Boston’s Rock Station

This week I recorded an episode of the podcast “Extra Sauce” [interview begins at 13:30] with Greg Hill and Mike Hsu from the Hil-Man Morning Show, which airs here every […]

Researchers are figuring out how sense of self develops differently in autistic teens

Researchers gave autistic teens and neurotypical controls a range of tests measuring introspection, autobiographical memory and mentalising. By Dan Carney

The lowdown on ‘crescendo’

Q: Is “crescendo” a lost cause? I hardly ever hear it used properly to mean a gradual increase in sound. As a music lover, it pains me to hear it mean a climax. A: Most standard dictionaries now accept both uses of “crescendo”: (1) a gradual increase in intensity, and (2) the highest point of... ? Read More: The lowdown on ‘crescendo’

Does Your Disagreement Give Me Good Reason to Question My Position?

In general, no. For you may be foolish or ignorant or otherwise incompetent with respect to the subject matter under discussion. Or you may be morally defective: a bully, a blowhard, a bullshitter, a quibbler, a sophist. But suppose none...

Making ferromagnets stronger by adding non-magnetic elements

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory discovered that they could functionalize magnetic materials through a thoroughly unlikely method, by adding amounts of the virtually non-magnetic element scandium to a gadolinium-germanium alloy.

Why is China suddenly leading the climate change effort? It’s a business decision.

China watchers and other commentators debate China’s resolve and capability to fill the political vacuum left by the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate accord this month. Why would China be eager to take leadership on climate change? To understand this transition requires looking more closely at the interests and motivations of the Chinese leadership […]

Here are 4 things to know about Mongolia’s presidential election on Monday

On June 26, Mongolians will elect a president from among three candidates: Enkhbold Miyegombo, leader of the governing Mongolian People’s Party (MPP); Battulga Khaltmaa, a former member of parliament from the main opposition Democratic Party (DP); and Ganbaatar Sainkhuu, a last-minute candidate of the Mongolian People’s Revolutionary Party (MPRP). Show More Summary

Atomic imperfections move quantum communication network closer to reality

An international team led by the University of Chicago's Institute for Molecular Engineering has discovered how to manipulate a weird quantum interface between light and matter in silicon carbide along wavelengths used in telecommunications.

Team launches 'comb and copter' system to map atmospheric gases

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Colorado Boulder have demonstrated a new mobile, ground-based system that could scan and map atmospheric gas plumes over kilometer distances.

Magnetic nanoknots evoke Lord Kelvin's vortex theory of atoms

(Phys.org)—In the late 1800s when scientists were still trying to figure out what exactly atoms are, one of the leading theories, proposed by Lord Kelvin, was that atoms are knots of swirling vortices in the aether. Although this idea...Show More Summary

A single electron's tiny leap sets off 'molecular sunscreen' response

In experiments at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, scientists were able to see the first step of a process that protects a DNA building block called thymine from sun damage: When it's hit with ultraviolet light, a single electron jumps into a slightly higher orbit around the nucleus of a single oxygen atom.

Energetic cost of the entatic state of cytochrome c quantified

(Phys.org)—A team of researchers at Stanford University has used ultrafast x-ray absorption and emission spectroscopy to quantify the entatic state of cytochrome c. In their paper published in the journal Science, the group outlines their procedure and what they learned. Show More Summary

Dune ecosystem modelling

Acacia longifolia, which is native to Australia, is a species which was cultivated in Portugal primarily to stabilize dunes and as an ornamental plant; now it has spread out uncontrollably in Portugal and into many ecosystems around the world. Show More Summary

Focus: Image

Author(s): David Ehrenstein Predictions of diffraction patterns for honeycomb photonic crystals were part of a comprehensive study of these structures that may be useful in nanoscale photonic devices. [Physics 10, 71] Published Fri Jun 23, 2017

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