Simple catalyst helps to construct complex biological scaffolds
Terpenes and their derivatives exert important biological and pharmaceutical functions. Starting out from a few basic building blocks nature elegantly builds up complex structures. Chemically particularly ...
Plant protein structure database will help to uncover unknown functions of plant genes
Rigorous analysis of the structures of thousands of plant proteins by Tetsuya Sakurai and colleagues from the RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science has led to the construction of a database that will ...
Building tailor-made DNA nanotubes step by step
Researchers at McGill University have developed a new, low-cost method to build DNA nanotubes block by block - a breakthrough that could help pave the way for scaffolds made from DNA strands to be used in ...
The rarely understood ammonium carbonate monohydrate
New structural studies of the superficially simple ammonium carbonate monohydrate could shed light on industrial processes, biochemistry and even the interstellar building blocks of life.
New study reveals competition and replacement between two miocene shovel-tuskers
Dr. Wang Shiqi from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP), Chinese Academy of Sciences and his colleagues recently studied two relatively primitive species of Protanancus, ...
Biochemist sheds light on structure of key cellular 'gatekeeper'
Facing a challenge akin to solving a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle while blindfolded—and without touching the pieces—many structural biochemists thought it would be impossible to determine the atomic structure ...
Dolphins set up home in the Mediterranean after the last Ice Age
The bottlenose dolphin only colonised the Mediterranean after the last Ice Age - about 18,000 years ago – according to new research.
The construction of ordered nanostructures from benzene
A way to link benzene rings together in a highly ordered three-dimensional helical structure using a straightforward polymerization procedure has been discovered by researchers from RIKEN Center for Sustainable ...
Light reveals new details of Gauguin's creative process
French artist Paul Gauguin is well known for his colorful paintings of Tahitian life—such as the painting that sold recently for nearly $300 million—but he also was a highly experimental printmaker. Little ...
Scientists shed light on controversial theory of protein structure
A team of chemists, biochemists and mathematicians at the University of Bristol have published a paper in the journal Nature Chemical Biology, which explores how protein structures are stabilised.
Borrowing from whales to engineer a new fluid sensor
How can a humpback whale and a device that works on the same principle as the clicker that starts your gas grill help an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) fly longer and with more stability?
Using soft X-ray emission spectroscopy to reveal the behavior of electrons associated with charging and discharging
Researchers have used soft X-ray emission spectroscopy to reveal the detailed electronic structure of a cathode (positive electrode) material when charging and discharging a lithium-ion battery.
Geomicrobiologists show how microbial fossils resist the conditions of rock formation
Since life originated on Earth between 3.8 and 3.9 Ga ago, microorganisms have significantly shaped and influenced the chemistry of Earth's surface and subsurface environments. Reconstructing the evolution ...
Molecular mouse-trap technique sheds light on key cell processes
Scientists have shed new light on the fundamental biological process of cell division, thanks to an emerging analytical method.