Compounds found that alter cell signaling, could lead to new breast cancer treatments
Using a broad spectrum of analytical tools, scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have uncovered a class of novel compounds that can alter cell signaling activity, resulting in a variety ...
Blackening copper opens new applications
(Phys.org)—Copper is one of the world's most widely used metals. Now researchers at the University of Dundee have found that blackening copper using industry-standard lasers could make it even more adaptable and efficient.
Human cells, plants, worms and frogs share mechanism for organ placement
As organisms develop, their internal organs arrange in a consistent asymmetrical pattern--heart and stomach to the left, liver and appendix to the right. But how does this happen?
New antibiotic could make food safer and cows healthier
Food-borne diseases might soon have another warrior to contend with, thanks to a new molecule discovered by chemists at the University of Illinois. The new antibiotic, an analog of the widely used food preservative ...
Powerful fungal infection drug amphotericin kills yeast by simply binding ergosterol
With one simple experiment, University of Illinois chemists have debunked a widely held misconception about an often-prescribed drug.
New experiment could reveal make-up of the Universe
(PhysOrg.com) -- Scientists at the University of Liverpool are constructing highly sensitive detectors as part of an international project to understand the elements that make up the universe.
Facebook buys mobile app builder Parse
Facebook said it was buying a startup specializing in powering mobile applications as part of its drive to make the social network friendlier to smartphones and tablet computers.
Wild pollinators support farm productivity and stabilize yield
Most people are not aware of the fact that 84% of the European crops are partially or entirely dependent on insect pollination. While managed honeybees pollinate certain crops, wild bees, flies and wasps ...
'Oscar Madison' approach to solar cells may outshine 'Felix Unger' design
Sometimes neatness may not be necessary. Researchers have demonstrated that a tangled coating of randomly positioned nanowires can increase solar cell efficiency by absorbing more light.
Fatal fungal infections resist newest class of drugs
Fungi that cause severe infections in those with compromised immune systems are resisting the action of the latest group of antifungal drugs. Uncovering their strategies for doing this will lead to more effective treatments, ...
Herbal remedies offer hope as the new antibiotics
Cancer treatments often have the side effect of impairing the patient's immune system. This can result in life-threatening secondary infections from bacteria and fungi, especially since bacteria, like Staphylococcus aureus, are be ...
Study hints at probiotics as treatment for Clostridium difficile
Asymptomatic colonization by Clostridium difficile, absent the use of antibiotics, is common in infants and when it happens changes occur in the composition of the gut microbiota according to research published in the March ...
C. difficile increases risk of death 6-fold in patients with inflammatory bowel disease
Patients admitted to hospital with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) face a sixfold greater risk of death if they become infected with Clostridium difficile, a new study has found. The researchers say IBD patients should be scr ...
Whether grasping Easter eggs or glass bottles -- this robotic hand uses tact
Researchers at Saarland University together with associates in Bologna and Naples have developed a robotic hand that can accomplish both tasks with ease and yet including the actuators is scarcely larger than ...