Beyond partisanship: Engaging in debates about science and society
New research suggests scientific institutions and organizations can improve their communication and outreach with the public by addressing people's strongly held beliefs about science and its role in society. These beliefs ...
Smart hydrogels deliver medicine on demand
(Phys.org) —Researchers at the University of Delaware have developed a "smart" hydrogel that can deliver medicine on demand, in response to mechanical force.
Researchers discover new microbe near Chilean coastal fault line
(Phys.org) —A team of researchers from McMaster and the University of Concepcion are shining a light on rare sulfur-loving microbes off the coast of Chile.
A new way to fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria
At a time when scientists are quickly running out of options, McMaster researchers are using a new approach to fighting antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Electric fish may hold answers to better understanding of sensory abilities and movement
The weakly electric fish, so named because it generates a weak electric field, can do some very cool things. Using sensors located all over its body, for example, it can detect prey or predators that interrupt ...
Action needed on Samoan dogs
Massey University researchers say more must be done to humanely manage the canine population in Samoa.
Random, scattered, and ultra tiny: A spectrometer for the future
Sometimes a little disorder is precisely what's in order. Taking advantage of the sensitive nature of randomly scattered light, Yale University researchers have developed an ultra-compact, low-cost spectrometer ...
Team charts new understanding of actin filament growth in cells
University of Oregon biochemists have determined how tiny synthetic molecules disrupt an important actin-related molecular machine in cells in one study and, in a second one, the crystal structure of that ...
Controlling genes with light
Although human cells have an estimated 20,000 genes, only a fraction of those are turned on at any given time, depending on the cell's needs—which can change by the minute or hour. To find out what those ...
Light and nanoprobes detect early signs of infection
Duke University biomedical engineers and genome researchers have developed a proof-of-principle approach using light to detect infections before patients show symptoms.
Nanomedicines' impact on patients under the microscope
A pioneering imaging technique to track the effects of next-generation nanomedicines on patients has been harnessed by a University of Strathclyde academic.
Controversial worm keeps its position as the progenitor of mankind
Researchers are arguing about whether or not the Xenoturbella bocki worm is the progenitor of mankind. But new studies indicate that this is actually the case. Swedish researchers from the University of Got ...
Kryptonite for cancer cells
(Phys.org) —Every available cancer drug is susceptible to resistance, according to Mansoor Amiji, Distinguished Professor and chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Tumors grow more quickly ...
Superbugs may have a soft spot, after all
The overuse of antibiotics has created strains of bacteria resistant to medication, making the diseases they cause difficult to treat, or even deadly. But now a research team at the University of Rochester has identified ...