First step to fully autonomous rescue searches

A research team from the University of Zurich has developed a new drone that can retract its propeller arms in flight and make itself small to fit through narrow gaps and holes. This is particularly useful when searching for victims of natural disasters. Inspecting a damaged building after an earthquake or during a fire is

First step to fully autonomous rescue searches

Pine tree’s chemical production could serve as an environmentally friendly alternative to a range of fossil fuel based products worth billions

Washington State University researchers have reverse engineered the way a pine tree produces a resin, which could serve as an environmentally friendly alternative to a range of fossil?fuel based products worth billions of dollars. Mark Lange and colleagues in the Institute for Biological Chemistry literally dissected the machinery by which loblolly pine produces oleoresin. Before

Pine tree’s chemical production could serve as an environmentally friendly alternative to a range of fossil fuel based products worth billions

A system that can capture carbon dioxide from coal plants using capsules filled with baking soda and water

Although the use of renewable energy is on the rise, coal and natural gas still represent the majority of the United States energy supply. Even with pollution controls, burning these fossil fuels for energy releases a tremendous amount of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere – in the U.S. alone, coal and natural gas contributed 1,713

A system that can capture carbon dioxide from coal plants using capsules filled with baking soda and water

Could a vaccine help the opioid epidemic?

Synthetic psychoactive drugs have become a serious public health threat in recent years. This is particularly true of the fentanyls, a large family of synthetic opioids, which can be up to 10,000 times more potent than morphine. Synthetic opioids are highly addictive and, because of their potency, often prove fatal: among the roughly 72,000 drug

Could a vaccine help the opioid epidemic?

Synthesised: A molecule that can perform the function of a computing unit in a quantum computer

Chemists synthesise molecule as possible component for quantum computers Quantum computers could vastly increase the capabilities of IT systems, bringing major changes worldwide. However, there is still a long way to go before such a device can actually be constructed, because it has not yet been possible to transfer existing molecular concepts into technologies in

Synthesised: A molecule that can perform the function of a computing unit in a quantum computer

New ability to forecast dementia from single molecule

Team joins national network focused on neurodegenerative disorders Scientists who recently identified the molecular start of Alzheimer’s disease have used that finding to determine that it should be possible to forecast which type of dementia will develop over time – a form of personalized medicine for neurodegenerative diseases. A new study from UT Southwestern shows that

New ability to forecast dementia from single molecule

Online cognitive behavioral therapy reduces symptoms in cases of mild, moderate or severe depression

Analysis shows that online cognitive behavioral therapy reduces symptoms in cases of mild, moderate or severe depression In a sweeping new study, Indiana University psychologists have found that a series of self-guided, internet-based therapy platforms effectively reduce depression. The work, which reviewed 21 pre-existing studies with a total of 4,781 participants, was published in the November

Online cognitive behavioral therapy reduces symptoms in cases of mild, moderate or severe depression

Simple device produces “superheated” steam hotter than 100 degrees Celsius, without any expensive optics

High-temperature steam might be used in remote regions to cook, clean, or sterilize medical equipment. MIT engineers have built a device that soaks up enough heat from the sun to boil water and produce “superheated” steam hotter than 100 degrees Celsius, without any expensive optics. On a sunny day, the structure can passively pump out

Simple device produces “superheated” steam hotter than 100 degrees Celsius, without any expensive optics

Successful exchange of quantum information on daylight in a free-space quantum key distribution

ETRI successfully exchanged quantum information on daylight in a free-space quantum key distribution The Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) has reported a successful free-space quantum key distribution (QKD) in daylight with the self-developed polarization encoding chip for the first time. QKD is one of the most promising secure communication technologies, which encodes information into

Successful exchange of quantum information on daylight in a free-space quantum key distribution

A glimmer of hope for the world’s coral reefs

The future of the world’s coral reefs is uncertain, as the impact of global heating continues to escalate. However, according to a study published today in Nature Climate Change, the response of the Great Barrier Reef to extreme temperatures in 2017 was markedly different to one year earlier, following two back-to-back bouts of coral bleaching. Remarkably,

A glimmer of hope for the world’s coral reefs

A spray gel embedded with immune-boosting drugs could help lower the risk of cancer recurrence after surgery

Many people who are diagnosed with cancer will undergo some type of surgery to treat their disease — almost 95 percent of people with early-diagnosed breast cancer will require surgery and it’s often the first line of treatment for people with brain tumors, for example. But despite improvements in surgical techniques over the past decade,

A spray gel embedded with immune-boosting drugs could help lower the risk of cancer recurrence after surgery

Biomimetic strategy leads to strong, synthetic recyclable rubber

Inspired by nature, Chinese scientists have produced a synthetic analogue to vulcanized natural rubber. Their material is just as tough and durable as the original. In the journal Angewandte Chemie, they reveal the secret to their success: short protein chains attached to the side-chains of the polymer backbone ensure stable physical cross-linkage and give the material

Biomimetic strategy leads to strong, synthetic recyclable rubber

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