Unusual sugar from cyanobacteria acts as natural herbicide

Researchers at the University of Tübingen have discovered a natural substance that could compete with the controversial herbicide glyphosate: a newly discovered sugar molecule synthesized from cyanobacteria that inhibits ...

'Deceptively simple' process could boost plastics recycling

Plastics are a victim of their own success, so inexpensive, easy to use and versatile that the world is awash in plastic waste. Now researchers from the University of Houston have reported a new method of producing polyolefins—made ...

Remote work doesn't negatively affect productivity, study suggests

A research team from the Texas A&M University School of Public Health found that employee and company resiliency may be enhanced through the opportunity for employees to work remotely during natural disasters and other events ...

Oil spill cleanup: Smart filter can strain oil out of water

(Phys.org)—A smart filter with a shape-shifting surface can separate oil and water using gravity alone, an advancement that could be useful in cleaning up environmental oil spills, among other applications, say its University ...

Tiny fish-shaped robot 'swims' around picking up microplastics

Microplastics are found nearly everywhere on Earth and can be harmful to animals if they're ingested. But it's hard to remove such tiny particles from the environment, especially once they settle into nooks and crannies at ...

Chemical deterrent from snow fleas identified

Snow fleas keep predators at bay with a chemical deterrent. German scientists have now isolated this compound and identified it by means of spectroscopic analysis and X-ray crystallography. In the journal Angewandte Chemie, ...

A novel method for installing sulfur into complex molecules

A group of highly reactive compounds called persulfides have provoked great curiosity among biochemists, because of their role in nature, and how they interact with proteins to change their structure and function, affecting ...

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