Supplying safe drinking water to the world’s population remains a persistent challenge. In a new paper, researchers have developed a simple distillation device made of paper that can turn seawater into fresh drinking water using just the heat from the sun.
The human gut microbiome is essential for digestion and nutrient absorption. With industrialisation having dramatically changed the way we eat, what effects has this had on our intestinal flora?
Simulations assisted by Quantum computers are the future. They could provide highly accurate and fast solutions to problems considered intractable for most powerful classical computers.
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In organic chemistry, once your reaction is over you generally “work-up” the mixture. But what happens if the work-up changes the outcome?
Carbon dioxide and biomass combinations can reduce the carbon emissions of polyurethane production, but has negative effects on other environmental parameters.
Ibuprofen is a widely used pain killers but it isn’t administered intravenously. To make it so, scientists have modified ibuprofen slightly to alter its properties.
Although many repurposed drugs entered trials against COVID-19 in the past year and a half, only one drug has been proven to be efficacious. What happened?
If your DNA is a cookbook of “recipes” your cells could make, microRNAs help decide what’s for dinner.
Birds have a unique way of creating color in their wings and this is how they have become so colorful.
Metal-organic framework additives to membranes improve the efficiency of carbon capture by 9x, and are less expensive as well!
Finding new antibiotics is difficult. Synthesising those new antibiotics can be just as hard, and sometimes is takes a long time to find a good approach. And sometimes the most important step in synthesis optimisation is characterising your side-products.
In diabetics, insulin production is reduced as a protease inactivates GLP1 responsible for insulin production. Administration of GLP1 could help, but it needs to be altered to sneak past the protease.
The antibiotics we take are beginning to build up in the environment. Researchers are beginning to look into different ways of removing those antibiotics, and subsequently reducing the harm to our environment, with varying degrees of success.
Title: Peptide Probes for Plasmodium falciparum MyoA Tail Interacting Protein (MTIP): Exploring the Druggability of the Malaria Parasite Motor Complex Authors: Charlie N. Saunders, Ernesto Cota, Jake Baum, and Edward W. Tate Journal: ACS Chemical Biology Year: 2020 Malaria is one of the world’s oldest known…
Binding of the spike protein is essential for the immune response generated from many COVID-19 vaccines. Mutations on this protein may pose a threat to the efficacy and reliability of our current vaccination strategies.
Amino acids found on meteorites may have seeded the beginnings of life on Earth, but where do they come from? Based on their isotopic signatures, they may have come from interstellar space.
Your blood is made up of many different proteins, and the concentrations of these proteins are different in healthy individuals and cancer patients. By exploiting these differences, researchers have developed a new method for diagnosing lung cancer using just a simple blood test.
Using nanofibers to create biosensors decreases cost and wrapping them in graphene increases their conductivity.
Cataloguing viruses in bats and other animals may help predict or trace viral transmission to humans in the future.