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Evolution 16 hours ago

Losing their tails provided our ape ancestors with an evolutionary advantage, but we're still paying the price

Put the word "evolution" into Google images and the results are largely variations on one theme: Ralph Zallinger's illustration, March of Progress. Running left to right, we see a chimp-like knuckle walker gradually becoming ...

Analytical Chemistry Mar 1, 2024

A new type of metallacrown ether based on polyoxometalate opens research opportunities

Crown ethers were discovered in 1967. They were then modified by adding a metal-containing unit, creating metallacrown ethers. These metallacrown ethers have been the subject of intensive research. Depending on the molecular ...

General Physics Mar 1, 2024

New maser in a 'shoebox' promises portable precision

Researchers in Imperial College London's Department of Materials have developed a new portable maser that can fit the size of a shoebox.

Space Exploration Mar 1, 2024

When an object like 'Oumuamua comes around again, we could be ready with an interstellar object explorer

On October 19th, 2017, astronomers with the Pann-STARRS survey observed an interstellar object passing through our system—1I/2017 U1 'Oumuamua. This was the first time an ISO was detected, confirming that such objects pass ...

Molecular & Computational biology Mar 1, 2024

New software rapidly simulates glycoprotein structures to speed up drug development

Proteins not only carry out the functions that are critical for the survival of cells, but also influence the development and progression of diseases. To understand their role in health and disease, researchers study the ...

Bio & Medicine Mar 1, 2024

Precision pulmonary medicine: Engineers target lung disease with lipid nanoparticles

Penn Engineers have developed a new means of targeting the lungs with lipid nanoparticles (LNPs), the minuscule capsules used by the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines to deliver mRNA, opening the door to novel ...

Biochemistry Mar 1, 2024

Adhesives from feathers

Adhesives are almost always based on fossil raw materials such as petroleum. Researchers at Fraunhofer have recently developed a process that allows to utilize keratin for this purpose. This highly versatile protein compound ...

Molecular & Computational biology Mar 1, 2024

How signaling proteins get to the mitochondrial surface

Mitochondria are organelles that are known for providing the energy currency that fuels chemical reactions within cells, but they are also involved in other important processes vital for cell health including the innate immune ...

Biochemistry Mar 1, 2024

Unraveling the structural dynamics of photosystem II with femtosecond X-ray crystallography

Understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying the phenomenon of photosynthesis can enable significant progress in the fields of biotechnology and renewable energy. Photosystem II (PSII), a protein complex, plays a central ...

Nanophysics Mar 1, 2024

Producing quantum materials with precision, with the help of AI

A team of NUS researchers led by Associate Professor Lu Jiong from the Department of Chemistry and Institute for Functional Intelligent Materials, together with their international collaborators, have developed a novel concept ...

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