Water capture technology has made collecting water from the air a reality, but dry climates have always posed a challenge. New research takes us a step closer to providing fresh water in some of the driest places on Earth.
Water is one of life’s most essential substances; here, we look at some methods researchers are using to control the properties of water under extreme conditions.
A Chinese research group has employed a chemical proteomic strategy to determine the mechanism of action of the anti-inflammatory molecule itaconate. Itaconate non-enzymatically modifies cellular proteins in order to modulate their activity, leading to a reduction in the activation of immune cells, which could pave the way to an autoimmune therapy.
Hospitals are supposed to be havens for sick people, but they can also be breeding grounds for dangerous bacteria. A new kind of air filter for hospital HVAC systems can both remove and destroy bacteria for the air, helping prevent infections before they can start.
Researchers have looked at the biosynthetic pathways in plants to help them synthesise the potential anti-addiction agents ibogaine and voacangine.
Everyday your cells are working overtime to keep you functioning. Learn how these researchers developed a new technique to peer through the crowded cell and study one individual protein.
Researchers develop an easy to use method to identify the chirality of the amino acids, amines and alcohols.
Studying membrane-bound proteins requires stabilizing their structure outside of the membrane – otherwise they fall apart. But our analytical techniques have not risen to the challenge. Sadaf et al. pushes us forward by developing novel detergents for stabilizing membrane proteins.
A group from the University of Tübingen obtained single-cell proteins with circular resources and renewable energy.
Researchers have discovered that two molecules, HCN and H2O, could have reacted to create the building blocks for life.
There’s a new record holder for the world’s blackest material. Learn about how randomly oriented carbon nanotubes can be used to create a coating darker than anything else ever made!
A clever, two-part biocatalytic strategy grants access to products of reductive amination that can be troublesome to obtain through more traditional synthetic methods.
Although skunks are nocturnal animals that prefer their own company, they won’t hesitate to spray potential predators, people or pets with fluid from their anal glands. For many years, these anal secretions have fascinated natural products chemists but repelled most of the rest of us. Learn about a new way to “de-skunk” from researchers at the University of Oklahoma.
DNA is the instruction manual for how to produce an organism, one gene at a time. But our heart cells, liver cells, and brain cells are different, despite having the same DNA, thanks in part to the “epigenetic” modifications that control which genes are expressed.
Scientists want to use nanoparticles to deliver drugs straight to where they’re needed in your body – but can the nanoparticles enter the right cells? A new model describes how to design nanoparticles that get to where they’re needed.
A more secure way to collect biometric data: this nanoparticle-based paper uses your sweat as an “invisible ink” for fingerprints!
Electrical circuits can be drawn, erased, and redrawn with ease on this new material that uses liquid metal particles suspended in a polymer network. Check out how it’s made and its potential uses in flexible electronics!
When it comes to milk, preventing bacterial contamination on dairy equipment is key. Researchers in Israel developed a biological coating to prevent biofilm formation and keep their moo-juice fresh and clean.
Scientists from UCSD and Compultense University developed non-invasive tools to measure gastrointestinal distress, monitoring chemical markers in real-time.
Sure, solar panels can be installed on your roof, but that might not provide enough power – and no one wants to cover their garden with solar panels. That’s why researchers are studying new perovskite/organic materials for solar windows.