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New materials for bio-based hydrogen synthesis: Synthetic biology enables spontaneous protein activation

New materials, Spontaneous, Synthesis
Researchers at the Ruhr Universität Bochum RUB have discovered an efficient process for hydrogen biocatalysis They developed semi synthetic hydrogenases hydrogen generating enzymes by adding the protein's biological precursor to a chemically synthesized inactive iron ... - Read More

Wonders of nature inspire exotic synthetic materials

In this month's edition of Physics World a group of physicists describe how unique structures in the natural world are inspiring scientists to develop new types of materials with unprecedented properties From adhesive tape inspired ... - Read More

Long-sought method to efficiently make complex anticancer compound developed

Complex, Compound
Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute TSRI have achieved the first efficient chemical synthesis of ingenol a highly complex plant derived compound that has long been of interest to drug developers for its anticancer potential ... - Read More

New water splitting technique efficiently produces hydrogen fuel

Fuel
A University of Colorado Boulder team has developed a radically new technique that uses the power of sunlight to efficiently split water into its components of hydrogen and oxygen paving the way for the broad ... - Read More

Cracking how life arose on Earth may help clarify where else it might exist

Does life exist elsewhere or is our planet unique making us truly alone in the universe Much of the work carried out by NASA together with other research institutions is aimed at trying to come ... - Read More

Airborne campaign preparing to probe pollution-climate link

Probe
The floor of a NASA hangar and an adjacent laboratory in Southern California's high desert have been in constant motion this month as scientists prepare their instruments for installation on two of the agency's specialized ... - Read More

Using gold and light to study molecules in water

molecules
Thanks to a new device that is the size of a human hair it is now possible to detect molecules in a liquid solution and observe their interactions This is of major interest for the ... - Read More

Rocks can restore our climate ... after 300,000 years

A study of a global warming event that happened 93 million years ago suggests that the Earth can recover from high carbon dioxide emissions faster than thought but that this process takes around 300 000 ... - Read More

Deciphering the air-sea communication: Ocean significantly affects long-term climate fluctuations

Fluctuations, Communication, sea
Why does hurricane activity vary from decade to decade Or rainfall in the Sahel region And why are the trans Atlantic changes frequently in sync A German Russian research team has investigated the role of ... - Read More

Laser-controlled molecular switch turns blood clotting on, off on command

Molecular, Laser, Laser, molecular
Researchers have designed tiny light controlled gold particles that can release DNA controls to switch blood clotting off and on The results are reported July 24 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Kimberly ... - Read More

Potential well water contaminants highest near natural gas drilling

Contaminants, Natural gas, Gas
A new study of 100 private water wells in and near the Barnett Shale showed elevated levels of potential contaminants such as arsenic and selenium closest to natural gas extraction sites according to a team ... - Read More

A new method for clicking molecules together

Thiols are sulfur containing molecules found in most proteins of the human body Characterized by their 'garlicky' smell they also give coffee sweat and the spray of skunks their unique odor Because they are so ... - Read More

Controlling genes with light: New technique can rapidly turn genes on and off, helping scientists better understand their function

Genes, Genes
New technique can rapidly turn genes on and off helping scientists better understand their function Although human cells have an estimated 20 000 genes only a fraction of those are turned on at any given ... - Read More

Chemical reaction could streamline manufacture of pharmaceuticals and other compounds

Compounds
Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have discovered a new chemical reaction that has the potential to lower the cost and streamline the manufacture of compounds ranging from agricultural chemicals to pharmaceutical drugs ... - Read More

Scientists discover new variability in iron supply to the oceans with climate implications

Oceans
The supply of dissolved iron to oceans around continental shelves has been found to be more variable by region than previously believed with implications for future climate prediction Iron is key to the removal of ... - Read More

It's not just the heat, it's the ozone: Hidden heat wave dangers exposed

Heat
During heat waves when ozone production rises plants' ozone absorption is curtailed leaving more pollution in the air This resulted in the loss of an estimated 460 lives in the UK in the hot summer ... - Read More

Purple sunlight eaters: Microorganisms found in salt flats could offer new path to green hydrogen fuel

Salt, Fuel, Green, Microorganisms
A protein found in the membranes of ancient microorganisms that live in desert salt flats could offer a new way of using sunlight to generate environmentally friendly hydrogen fuel according to a new study by ... - Read More

Computing toxic chemicals

A new computational method for working out in advance whether a chemical will be toxic will be reporting in a forthcoming issue of the International Journal of Data Mining and Bioinformatics There is increasing pressure ... - Read More

Artificial organelles transform free radicals into water and oxygen

Researchers at the University of Basel have successfully developed artificial organelles that are able to support the reduction of toxic oxygen compounds This opens up new ways in the development of novel drugs that can ... - Read More

Great exaptations: Most traits emerge for no crucial reason, scientists find

Carbon, carbon
Exactly how new traits emerge is a question that has long puzzled evolutionary biologists While some adaptations develop to address a specific need others called exaptations develop as a by product of another feature with ... - Read More
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