Category: Research Bites

BACTERIA COULD BE OUR NEXT SOURCE OF SUNSCREEN MOLECULES!

Title: A Plastic Biosynthetic Pathway for the Production of Structurally Distinct Microbial Sunscreens Authors: Sıla Arsın, Endrews Delbaje, Jouni Jokela, Matti Wahlsten, Zoë M. Farrar, Perttu Permi, and David Fewer Publication: Chemical Biology Year: 2023 Sunscreen protects your skin from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays through two…

Counterfeit Lithium Ion Batteries Often Underperform or Are Unsafe.

Title: Safety and Quality Issues of Counterfeit Lithium-Ion CellsAuthors: Tapesh Joshi, Saad Azam, Daniel Juarez-Robles, and Judith A. Jeevarajan*First author’s institution: UL Research InstitutesCover image source: Raimond Spekking From consumer electronics, to cars, to storing renewable energy for the grid, lithium-ion batteries have enjoyed immense popularity…

SHORT GUIDES FOR CRISPRi TO THE RESCUE!

The evolution of tools to gain insights into the genome didn’t quite reach its peak with only the development of CRISPR-Cas9! The tools currently have some drawbacks including limited resources to do more high-throughput studies. Read on to know the newer developments in this field!

Are you inhaling plastics?

Title: Microplastics in the atmosphere of Ahvaz City, IranAuthors: Sajjad Abbasi, Neamatollah Jaafarzadeh, Amir Zahedi, Maryam Ravanbakhsh, Somayeh Abbaszadeh & Andrew Turner.Journal: Journal of Environmental SciencesYear: 2023 Since the invention of plastics, humanity has found countless uses for this class of wonder-materials. From drinking straws to…

Jet Engine Oils Cause Ultra-Fine Particle Concentrations to Take Off

Title: Nucleation of jet engine oil vapours is a large source of aviation-related ultrafine particles.Authors: Florian Ungeheuer, Lucía Caudillo, Florian Ditas, Mario Simon, Dominik van Pinxteren, Doğuşhan Kılıç, Diana Rose, Stefan Jacobi, Andreas Kürten, Joachim Curtius & Alexander L. VogelJournal: Communications Earth & EnvironmentYear: 2022 Earth’s…