Fidget spinner as centrifuge separates blood plasma

Some people use fidget spinners—flat, multi-lobed toys with a ball bearing at the center—to diffuse nervous energy or whirl away stress. Now, researchers have found a surprising use for the toys: separating blood plasma ...

Researchers identify gene essential for plants to survive

Phenylalanine amino acid must be included in the human diet, but it is also essential for plants, determining many of their characteristics, such as the colour and scent of flowers, healing powers and antioxidant properties, ...

Video: HIE-ISOLDE's phase 2 reaches completion

CERN's ISOLDE facility has been in operation for more than 50 years. It produces radioactive isotopes for studies of the structure of atomic nuclei and a variety of other purposes including medical applications. Now, Phase ...

Revolutionary imaging technique uses CRISPR to map DNA mutations

A team of scientists led by Virginia Commonwealth University physicist Jason Reed, Ph.D., have developed new nanomapping technology that could transform the way disease-causing genetic mutations are diagnosed and discovered. ...

Milking it: A new robot to extract scorpion venom

A new scorpion-milking robot designed to extract venom could replace the traditional manual method. Scorpion venom is used in medical applications such as immunosuppressants, anti-malarial drugs and cancer research, but the ...

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