New software dramatically speeds enzyme design

A Duke University-led team has brought powerful software to the never-ending arms race between antibiotics and germs. Working together, computer scientists and biochemists have developed and laboratory-tested a computer program ...

Image pinpoints all 5 million atoms in viral coat

(PhysOrg.com) -- If a picture is worth a thousand words, then Rice University's precise new image of a virus' protective coat is seriously undervalued. More than three years in the making, the image contains some 5 million ...

Researcher: Culling whales will not boost tropical fisheries

(PhysOrg.com) -- For decades there has been a controversy about whales eating fish in the tropics. The “whales eat fish” debate has been at the heart of policy decisions about the culling of whales and is pivotal to the ...

Novel diamond-like films on board NASA satellite

(PhysOrg.com) -- Diamond-like carbon films created at Sandia National Laboratories are helping probe the far boundaries of the solar system as part of a NASA mission to study how the sun's solar wind interacts with the interstellar ...

Nanoparticle toxicity doesn't get wacky at the smallest sizes

(PhysOrg.com) -- The smallest nano-sized silica particles used in biomedicine and engineering likely won't cause unexpected biological responses due to their size, according to work presented today. The result should allay ...

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