Biological control can limit deforestation and biodiversity loss in the tropics

Effective on-farm biological control can slow the pace of deforestation and avert biodiversity loss. This is what an international team involving entomologists, conservation biologists, agro-ecologists and geographers* has just revealed. The results of this study have been published in Communications Biology – Nature. Biological control of invasive species is often perceived as an environmentally risky practice.

Biological control can limit deforestation and biodiversity loss in the tropics

A new integrated photonics platform that can store light and electrically control its frequency (or color) in an integrated circuit

Research opens doors in photonic quantum information processing, optical signal processing and microwave photonics Researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed a new integrated photonics platform that can store light and electrically control its frequency (or color) in an integrated circuit. The platform draws inspiration from atomic systems

A new integrated photonics platform that can store light and electrically control its frequency (or color) in an integrated circuit

Enabling electric vehicles to get 500 miles on a single charge

Lithium-air batteries are poised to become the next revolutionary replacement for currently used lithium-ion batteries that power electric vehicles, cell phones and computers. Lithium-air batteries, which currently are still in the experimental stages of development, can store 10 times more energy than lithium-ion batteries, and they are much lighter. That said, lithium-air batteries could be

Enabling electric vehicles to get 500 miles on a single charge

Steam-powered microwave-size spacecraft prototype can theoretically explore celestial objects “forever”

By using steam rather than fuel, the microwave-size spacecraft prototype can theoretically explore celestial objects “forever.” Using steam to propel a spacecraft from asteroid to asteroid is now possible, thanks to a collaboration between a private space company and the University of Central Florida. UCF planetary research scientist Phil Metzger worked with Honeybee Robotics of Pasadena, California,

Steam-powered microwave-size spacecraft prototype can theoretically explore celestial objects “forever”

CRISPR gene editing gets an on switch for better control

CRISPR-Cas9 is a revolutionary tool in part because of its versatility: created by bacteria to chew up viruses, it works equally well in human cells to do all sorts of genetic tricks, including cutting and pasting DNA, making pinpoint mutations and activating or inactivating a gene. UC Berkeley researchers have now made it even more

CRISPR gene editing gets an on switch for better control

A novel way to deliver drugs and therapies into cells at the nanoscale without causing toxic effects

Washington State University researchers have developed a novel way to deliver drugs and therapies into cells at the nanoscale without causing toxic effects that have stymied other such efforts. The work could someday lead to more effective therapies and diagnostics for cancer and other illnesses. Led by Yuehe Lin, professor in WSU’s School of Mechanical and

A novel way to deliver drugs and therapies into cells at the nanoscale without causing toxic effects

Curtailing the spread of antibiotic resistance

Study identifies key step in spread of drug resistance, opportunity for intervention Spotless surfaces in hospitals can hide bacteria that rarely cause problems for healthy people but pose a serious threat to people with weakened immune systems. Acinetobacter baumannii causes life-threatening lung and bloodstream infections in hospitalized people. Such infections are among the most difficult to treat

Curtailing the spread of antibiotic resistance

Getting your flu vaccination via a new microneedle patch

A National Institutes of Health-funded study led by a team at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University has shown that an influenza vaccine can produce robust immune responses and be administered safely with an experimental patch of dissolving microneedles. The method is an alternative to needle-and-syringe immunization; with further development, it could eliminate

Getting your flu vaccination via a new microneedle patch

An exciting new path that just might lead to an effective drug for osteoporosis

After Blocking Estrogen Signals in Brain, Experts Say They’ve ‘Never Seen Bone This Strong’ A handful of brain cells deep in the brain may play a surprising role in controlling women’s bone density, according to new research by UC San Francisco and UCLA scientists. In a study published January 11, 2019 in Nature Communications, researchers showed

An exciting new path that just might lead to an effective drug for osteoporosis

Developing better antibiotics using CRISPR

A University of Wisconsin–Madison researcher and his collaborators at the University of California, San Francisco have repurposed the gene-editing tool CRISPR to study which genes are targeted by particular antibiotics, providing clues on how to improve existing antibiotics or develop new ones. Resistance to current antibiotics by disease-causing pathogens is a growing problem, one estimated

Developing better antibiotics using CRISPR

Helping save endangered species with a new mathematical model

  One of the greatest challenges in saving endangered species is to predict if an animal population will die out. Accurate and reliable models are crucial for conservationists. What does the blue whale have in common with the Bengal tiger and the green turtle? They share the risk of extinction and are classified as endangered

Helping save endangered species with a new mathematical model

Making 3D printing 100 times faster using light

Rather than building up plastic filaments layer by layer, a new approach to 3D printing lifts complex shapes from a vat of liquid at up to 100 times faster than conventional 3D printing processes, University of Michigan researchers have shown. 3D printing could change the game for relatively small manufacturing jobs, producing fewer than 10,000

Making 3D printing 100 times faster using light

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