A way to extend the cultivation of temperate zone crops to warmer regions of the world using plasmas?

A Saudi Arabian team of scientists shows how space-age technology can induce the sprouting of dormant grape vines — suggesting a way to extend the cultivation of temperate zone crops to warmer regions of the world. Commercial crops like grapes, peaches, berries and flower bulbs all go dormant in the winter, essentially sleeping through the

A way to extend the cultivation of temperate zone crops to warmer regions of the world using plasmas?

A new pathway to regulate immune response and control inflammatory diseases like sepsis and meningitis

Researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington have found a potential new pathway to regulate immune response and potentially control inflammatory diseases of the central nervous system such as meningitis and sepsis. “We need to know what turns on inflammatory response to bacterial infection to be able to modulate the process,” said Subhrangsu Mandal,

A new pathway to regulate immune response and control inflammatory diseases like sepsis and meningitis

Just how real is the placebo effect?

New research is zeroing in on a biochemical basis for the placebo effect — possibly opening a Pandora’s box for Western medicine. The Chain of Office of the Dutch city of Leiden is a broad and colorful ceremonial necklace that, draped around the shoulders of Mayor Henri Lenferink, lends a magisterial air to official proceedings

Just how real is the placebo effect?

A new smart drainage device will help patients with glaucoma

Purdue University Researchers have invented a new smart drainage device to help patients with glaucoma, a leading cause of blindness in the world, as they try to save their eyesight. Glaucoma can be treated only with medications or surgical implants, both of which offer varying degrees of success in helping to improve sight and to relieve

A new smart drainage device will help patients with glaucoma

Blue light can be as effective at lowering blood pressure as medication

Exposure to blue light decreases blood pressure, reducing the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, a new study from the University of Surrey and Heinrich Heine University Duesseldorf in collaboration with Philips reports. During this study, published in the prestigious European Journal of Preventative Cardiology, participants were exposed to 30 minutes of whole-body blue light at approximately

Blue light can be as effective at lowering blood pressure as medication

How to generate plants with enhanced drought resistance without penalizing growth

Researchers discover how to generate plants with enhanced drought resistance without penalizing growth By modifying steroid hormone signaling, a research team led by CRAG researcher Ana Caño-Delgado has obtained plants that are more resistant to water scarcity To this date, the scientific community had not been able to obtain a drought resistant plant without affecting

How to generate plants with enhanced drought resistance without penalizing growth

Stimulating the brain to treat chronic pain

Neuroscientists and chronic pain experts at the UNC School of Medicine used a weak alternating current of electricity to target a specific part of the brain and significantly decrease chronic lower back pain in all participants of a small clinical trial. For the first time, researchers at the UNC School of Medicine showed they could

Stimulating the brain to treat chronic pain

Could graphene become superconducting?

Scientists at the London Centre for Nanotechnology and Department of Physics & Astronomy at UCL have discovered a potential way to make graphene – a single layer of carbon atoms with great promise for future electronics – superconducting. The study, performed in collaboration with Stanford University and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is published in Nature

Could graphene become superconducting?

A rooftop device that can make solar power and cool buildings at the same time

A new rooftop device under development will be able to produce electricity from sunlight while also beaming heat directly into space to cool buildings Stanford electrical engineer Shanhui Fan wants to revolutionize energy-producing rooftop arrays. Today, such arrays do one thing – they turn sunlight into electricity. But Fan’s lab has built a device that could have

A rooftop device that can make solar power and cool buildings at the same time

Discovery: A fabric alternative to batteries for wearable devices

A major factor holding back development of wearable biosensors for health monitoring is the lack of a lightweight, long-lasting power supply. Now scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst led by materials chemist Trisha L. Andrew report that they have developed a method for making a charge-storing system that is easily integrated into clothing for

Discovery: A fabric alternative to batteries for wearable devices

A new way to monitor healing wounds in real time

Injuries can’t heal without a constant influx of blood’s key ingredient — oxygen. A new flexible sensor developed by engineers at UC Berkeley can map blood-oxygen levels over large areas of skin, tissue and organs, potentially giving doctors a new way to monitor healing wounds in real time. “When you hear the word oximeter, the

A new way to monitor healing wounds in real time

Saving electricity and costs by filtering liquids with liquids

Liquid-gated membrane filtration system improves industrial wastewater purification and saves energy Filtering and treating water, both for human consumption and to clean industrial and municipal wastewater, accounts for about 13% of all electricity consumed in the US every year and releases about 290 million metric tons of CO2 into the atmosphere annually – roughly equivalent to

Saving electricity and costs by filtering liquids with liquids

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