How cool would it be if you could scan a piece of fruit and find out not only if it's organic, but all its nutritional information so that you could, for example, be sure that you're buying the sweetest watermelon on display? Read the full post The Future Is (Almost) Here: A Portable Molecular Sensor to Scan Food, Pills, Skin, and More which appeared first on Snob Essentials.
Researchers have revealed the molecular mechanism of RNA interference (RNAi), the phenomenon by which the synthesis of a specific protein is inhibited, by real time observation of target RNA cleavage at the single-molecule level.
Investigators have discovered the precise molecular steps that enable immune cells implicated in certain forms of asthma and allergy to develop and survive in the body. The findings reveal a new pathway that scientists could use to develop more effective treatments and therapies for the chronic lung disorder.
When aluminum atoms bunch up, porous materials called zeolites lose their ability to convert oil to gasoline. An international team of scientists created the first 3-D atomic map of a zeolite in order to find out how to improve catalysts used to produce fuel, biofuel and other chemicals.
If confirmed, this assay would facilitate molecular studies of pancreatic cancer from blood samples, as has never been done before. It could be a game-changer, enabling doctors to easily detect genetic abnormalities that could be treated with new drugs, and which could be monitored without invasive procedures or repeat biopsies.
NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Toward advanced nanotechnology: Working solid state molecular shuttle.
A new species and genus of octocoral (Cnidaria Anthozoa) was described from Zamami Island Okinawa Japan, Nanipora kamurai. Molecular phylogenetic analyses showed that the species is closely related to genus Heliopora, and can be considered a 'living fossil.'
The number of scientific conferences covering the molecular biology of aging seems to be growing. Here is a recently published report from a conference held last year, for example: Aging is a fundamental problem that the world is currently facing. Show More Summary
Elephantid Genomes Reveal the Molecular Bases of Woolly Mammoth Adaptations to the ArcticAuthors:Lynch et alAbstract:Woolly mammoths and living elephants are characterized by major phenotypic differences that have allowed them to live in very different environments. Show More Summary
Imagine listening to music through a speaker that is the equivalent of a sonic electron microscope—reproducing detail in a recording on what seems to be a molecular level (if sound can be imagined to exist in material form) and yet painting an aural wall-to-wall picture as if with a one-haired sable brush. Show More Summary
Spain has become famous for its avant-garde, molecular gastronomy. Yes it is amazing but honestly, I often find it overwhelming and strange. Many times, I want something simple and comforting. This is why I personally love Spanish food-Spaniards have spent centuries crafting the perfect snack. Show More Summary
Gerry Thomas, Professor of Molecular Pathology of the Imperial College of London, has a subspecialty in the study of the health effects of radiation. She strongly believes that “public involvement and information is a key part of academic...Show More Summary
Scientists have described how glasses form at the molecular level and provided a possible solution to a problem that has stumped scientists for decades.
The protein complex mTORC1 is a central regulator of cell metabolism. In the active state, it stimulates anabolic processes and increases the production and storage of proteins and lipids. Researchers have discovered a mechanism how mTORC1 regulates metabolism: It controls the expression of a specific variant of the transcriptional regulator C/EBP?. Show More Summary
Suspended the “musical DNA” of a Kreutzer Quartet composition into soap bubbles.
Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) technology offers an incredible opportunity for the rapid and relatively low-cost characterization of individual genomes, giving us a chance to make a substantial leap ahead in the molecular dissection of all mitochondrial disorders in humans.
Hallucigenia’s head and the pharyngeal armature of early ecdysozoans. 2015. Nature Illo by Danielle Dufualt Abstract: The molecularly defined clade Ecdysozoa comprises the panarthropods (Euarthropoda, Onychophora and Tardigrada) and the cycloneuralian worms (Nematoda, Nematomorpha, Priapulida, Loricifera and Kinorhyncha). Show More Summary
A molecular mechanism that directs embryonic stem cells to mature into endothelial cells -- the specialized cells that form blood vessels -- has been discovered by researchers. Understanding the processes initiated by this mechanismShow More Summary
Scientists at the Department of Energy's SLAC laboratory have taken a "molecular movie" of a chemical reaction for the first time. The results of their research could give new insights into to how chemical bonds form, helping researchers better understand biological processes. Show More Summary
When El Bulli in Spain closed in 2012, many saw it as a death knell for modernist cuisine (FKA molecular gastronomy). The restaurant’s chef, Ferran Adrià, had become world-famous for pushing food to its limits, using chemistry-set items like agar, sodium alginate, and centrifuges to bend and tweak the world’s greatest ingredients. Show More Summary