Biomimetic nanosponges absorb toxins released by bacterial infections and venom
Engineers at the University of California, San Diego have invented a "nanosponge" capable of safely removing a broad class of dangerous toxins from the bloodstream – including toxins produced by MRSA, E. co ...
X-ray laser helps fight sleeping sickness: Exploiting parasite's weak spot may lead to new treatments
An international group of scientists working at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory has mapped a weak spot in the parasite that causes African sleeping sickness, pinpointing a promising new target for ...
3-D images show flame retardants can mimic estrogens
By determining the three-dimensional structure of proteins at the atomic level, researchers at the National Institutes of Health have discovered how some commonly used flame retardants, called brominated ...
New technology for monitoring 150,000 aging US highway bridges
On August 1, 2007, without warning, the roadway suddenly disappeared beneath drivers on Minneapolis' I-35W Bridge. The collapse sent more than 100 cars into the Mississippi River, killing 13 and injuring 145.
X-ray vision exposes aerosol structures: Laser probes microscopic components of air pollution
(Phys.org) -- Researchers at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have captured the most detailed images to date of airborne soot particles, a key contributor to global warming and a health hazard.
Smart bridges: Engineers load new bridge with damage-detection gauges
The new bridge over the Iowa River near downtown Iowa Falls is a major upgrade over the 1928 concrete arch structure it replaced last fall, once the longest arch span bridge in the state.
New strategy could lead to dose reduction in X-ray imaging
For more than a century, the use of X-rays has been a prime diagnostic tool when it comes to human health. As it turns out, X-rays also are a crucial component for studying and understanding molecules, and a new approach ...
Researchers visualize RNA architecture
Scientists at A*STAR's Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS) and the US-based Stanford University's School of Medicine have successfully produced one of the first ever genome-wide views of Ribonucleic acid (RNA) shape patterns ...
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.
'Talking' to structures to boost public safety
University of Adelaide researchers are developing low-cost technology which can 'talk' to structures like bridges and aeroplanes to monitor their structural health and assess them for damage.
Aircraft sensors without batteries or cables
An idea from EADS and Vienna University of Technology is taking off: in a joint project, Energy Harvester Modules suitable for aircrafts have been tested, which should supply sensor nodes with electrical ...
Creating smarter infrastructure
A team from the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction have developed a mechanical amplifier to convert ambient vibrations into electricity more effectively, which could be used to power wireless sen ...
Indoor mould's toxicity explained
A team of researchers at the University of Helsinki has discovered how indoor mould makes people sick. The only remedy is to heal the living environment.
Investigation of carbon nanotube composites for structural health monitoring
(Phys.org)—In August 2007, the I-35W Bridge over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis collapsed, killing 13 people and injuring 145. The collapse was attributed to a design deficiency that resulted in a ...