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A key protein involved in the development of autism is discovered

The protein CPEB4, which coordinates the expression of hundreds of genes required for neuronal activity, is altered in the brains of individuals with autism Published in Nature, the study indicates that a defect in CPEB4 could be the link between environmental factors that alter brain development and the genes that determine susceptibility to autism Most individuals with

A key protein involved in the development of autism is discovered

Caterpillar found to eat shopping bags: A biodegradable solution to plastic pollution?

A common insect larva that eats beeswax has been found to break down chemical bonds in the plastic used for packaging and shopping bags at uniquely high speeds. Scientists say the discovery could lead to a biotechnological approach to the polyethylene waste that chokes oceans and landfills. The caterpillar produces something that breaks the chemical

Caterpillar found to eat shopping bags: A biodegradable solution to plastic pollution?

The effectiveness of a new drug against malaria has been proved using synchrotron light

The research may contribute to the development of more effective drugs against malaria Researchers from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (UPC), the Instituto de Química Mèdica (IQM-CSIC) and the University of Glasgow have proved that the CD27 drug is a true alternative against malaria. They have analysed the crystalline structure of the DNA

The effectiveness of a new drug against malaria has been proved using synchrotron light

Researchers analyse 15m scientific articles to design the most comprehensive ‘world map of research’ yet

Scientists from the University of Granada and the Spanish National Research Council—members of the SCImago research group—have found that, worldwide, there are three major ‘clusters’ of countries, defined by the thematic areas they investigate and that their governments invest in most. The study, published in Plos One, analysed the scientific production of more than 80

Researchers analyse 15m scientific articles to design the most comprehensive ‘world map of research’ yet

Nanoparticles Against Aging

A team of Spanish scientists has developed an intelligent nanodevice that lays the foundations for the future development of new therapies against aging. The device consists of nanoparticles that can selectively release drugs in aged human cells. Its potential future use ranges from the treatment of diseases involving tissue or cellular degeneration such as cancer,

Nanoparticles Against Aging

Researchers Develop Ginseng-Fortified Milk to Improve Cognitive Function

The drink is an appropriate functional beverage for the elderly American ginseng is reported to have neurocognitive effects, and research has shown benefits in aging, central nervous system disorders, and neurodegenerative diseases.  The challenges of incorporating ginseng into food are twofold:  it has a bitter taste, and food processing can eliminate its healthful benefits.  Reporting

Researchers Develop Ginseng-Fortified Milk to Improve Cognitive Function

A Novel and Potent Antioxidant Found in Tomato Plants

A team of researchers from the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IBMCP) -a joint centre of the Universitat Politècnica de València and CSIC, the Spanish National Research Council- have identified a novel and potent natural antioxidant occurring in tomato plants. It is a phenolic substance that is synthesised by the tomato plant when it

A Novel and Potent Antioxidant Found in Tomato Plants

Scientists attach barcodes to mouse embryos – human ones coming soon

Fans of the film Blade Runner may remember a scene in which the maker of an artificial snake is identified by a microscopic serial number on one of its scales. Well, in a rare case of present-day technology actually surpassing that predicted in a movie, we’ve now gone one better – bar codes on embryos. Scientists from

Scientists attach barcodes to mouse embryos – human ones coming soon

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Drones show the evidence that the Greenland ice sheet is getting more unstable as it fractures

The world’s second-largest ice sheet, and the single largest contributor to global sea level rise, is potentially becoming unstable because of fractures developing in response to faster ice flow and more meltwater forming on its surface. Using custom-built drones strong enough to withstand the extreme Arctic conditions, researchers led by the University of Cambridge made

Drones show the evidence that the Greenland ice sheet is getting more unstable as it fractures

Reducing atmospheric pollutants with a new paint-on graphene-based coating for concrete

Graphene Flagship partners the University of Bologna, Politecnico di Milano, CNR, NEST, Italcementi HeidelbergCement Group, the Israel Institute of Technology, Eindhoven University of Technology, and the University of Cambridge have developed a graphene-titania photocatalyst that degrades up to 70% more atmospheric nitrogen oxides (NOx) than standard titania nanoparticles in tests on real pollutants. Atmospheric pollution

Reducing atmospheric pollutants with a new paint-on graphene-based coating for concrete

Could focused ultrasound really be used to treat Alzheimer’s

Focused ultrasound is a safe and effective way to target and open areas of the blood-brain barrier, potentially allowing for new treatment approaches to Alzheimer’s disease, according to initial study results presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). There currently is no effective treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, the most common cause

Could focused ultrasound really be used to treat Alzheimer’s

Artificial neurons that behave just like the real thing have been developed to cure chronic diseases

For the first time researchers successfully reproduced the electrical properties of biological neurons onto semiconductor chips. Artificial neurons on silicon chips that behave just like the real thing have been invented by scientists – a first-of-its-kind achievement with enormous scope for medical devices to cure chronic diseases, such as heart failure, Alzheimer’s, and other diseases

Artificial neurons that behave just like the real thing have been developed to cure chronic diseases

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