Circuits on demand: Engineer prints electrical components on paper
(Phys.org) —One of humankind's biggest technological steps was the ability to print words on paper. Now, thanks to College of Engineering assistant professor Anming Hu, it's technology itself that is being printed.
Plant variants point the way to improved biofuel production
Manufacturing biofuels from food crop by-products such as straw could be made quicker and cheaper thanks to the work of scientists in the UK and France.
X-rays unlock a protein's SWEET side
Sugar is a vital source of energy for both plants and animals alike.
New insights in survival strategies of bacteria
Bacteria are particularly ingenious when it comes to survival strategies. They often create a biofilm to protect themselves from a hostile environment, for example during treatment with antibiotics. A biofilm is a bacterial ...
Airlock-like transport protein structure discovered
Sugars are an essential source of energy for microrganisms, animals and humans. They are produced by plants, which convert energy from sunlight into chemical energy in the form of sugars through photosynthesis.
Prions can trigger 'stuck' wine fermentations, researchers find
A chronic problem in winemaking is "stuck fermentation," when yeast that should be busily converting grape sugar into alcohol and carbon dioxide prematurely shuts down, leaving the remaining sugar to instead ...
Breakthrough understanding of biomolecules could lead to new and better drugs
(Phys.org) —There's a certain type of biomolecule built like a nano-Christmas tree. Called a glycoconjugate, it's many branches are bedecked with sugary ornaments.
Laser device may end pin pricks, improve quality of life for diabetics
(Phys.org) —Princeton University researchers have developed a way to use a laser to measure people's blood sugar, and, with more work to shrink the laser system to a portable size, the technique could allow ...
Sugar mimics guide stem cells toward neural fate
Embryonic stem cells can develop into a multitude of cells types. Researchers would like to understand how to channel that development into the specific types of mature cells that make up the organs and other structures of ...
How sweet it is: New tool for characterizing plant sugar transporters
A powerful new tool that can help advance the genetic engineering of "fuel" crops for clean, green and renewable bioenergy, has been developed by researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Joint ...
When faced with some sugars, bacteria can be picky eaters
Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of Minnesota have found for the first time that genetically identical strains of bacteria can respond very differently to the presence of ...
A win-win-win solution for biofuel, climate, and biodiversity
Fossil fuel emissions release billions of tons of carbon into the atmosphere each year, which is changing the climate and threatening the sustainability of life on planet Earth. In Brazil, the demand for ...
Making smartphones smarter with see-through sensors
(Phys.org)—Your smartphone's display glass could soon be more than just a pretty face, thanks to new technology developed by researchers from Montreal and the New York-based company Corning Incorporated. ...
Sugar responsible for shoot branching in plants
(Phys.org) —A University of Queensland study has overturned the long-held belief that plant hormones control the shape of plant growth, and shown instead that this process starts with sugar.