Photosynthesis is one of the most important processes in nature The complex method by which all green plants harvest sunlight and thereby produce the oxygen in our air is still not fully understood Researchers have ... - Read More
The pore size of the smart membranes can be adjusted from the outside this is very attractive in applications like biosensors or chemical analysis The 'Swiss cheese' structure is characteristic of many polymer membranes and ... - Read More
A study in which the Membrane Nanomechanics group led by the Ikerbasque lecturer Dr Vadim Frolov at the Biophysics Unit of the UPV EHU University of the Basque Country has participated suggests that single wall ... - Read More
A team led by the Lawrence Livermore scientists has created a new kind of ion channel consisting of short carbon nanotubes which can be inserted into synthetic bilayers and live cell membranes to form tiny ... - Read More
Date October 30 2014 Source Springer Summary Biological membranes are mainly composed of lipid bilayers Gaining a better understanding of adsorption of solution ions onto lipid membranes helps clarify functional processes in biological cells A ... - Read More
Architecture imitates life at least when it comes to those spiral ramps in multistory parking garages Stacked and connecting parallel levels the ramps are replications of helical structures found in a ubiquitous membrane structure in ... - Read More
Iron is the most abundant trace element in humans As a cofactor of certain proteins it plays an essential role in oxygen transport and metabolism Due to the major importance of iron in a wide ... - Read More
Scientists have been laboring to detect cancer and a host of other diseases in people using promising new biomarkers called exosomes Indeed Popular Science magazine named exosome based cancer diagnostics one of the 20 breakthroughs ... - Read More
Scientists from the University of Leeds have taken a crucial step forward in bio nanotechnology a field that uses biology to develop new tools for science technology and medicine The new study published in print ... - Read More
Researchers at Lund University in Sweden and other institutions have worked out how the pigment of the skin manages to protect the body from the sun's dangerous UV rays The skin pigment converts the UV ... - Read More
Yeast are commonly used to transform corn and other plant materials into biofuels such as ethanol However large concentrations of ethanol can be toxic to yeast which has limited the production capacity of many yeast ... - Read More
No matter how many times it’s demonstrated it’s still hard to envision bacteria as social communicating creatures But by using a signaling system called “quorum sensing ” these single celled organisms radically alter their behavior ... - Read More
Sugar is a vital source of energy for both plants and animals alike Understanding just how sugar makes its way into the cell could lead to the design of better drugs for diabetes patients and ... - Read More
Human nasal epithelial cells cultured on a microchip react to air pollutants just like they would in the upper airway The upper respiratory tract is the first line of defense against air pollutants including allergens ... - Read More
Researchers from Göttingen in collaboration with colleagues from Augsburg have 'filmed' the movement of lipid molecules using an X ray stroboscope at DESY In the scientific journal Physical Review Letters researchers lead by Professor Tim ... - Read More
Artificial membranes mimicking those found in living organisms have many potential applications ranging from detecting bacterial contaminants in food to toxic pollution in the environment to dangerous diseases in people Now a group of scientists ... - Read More
About 40% of all medicines used today work through the so called G protein coupled receptors These receptors react to changes in the cell environment for example to increased amounts of chemicals like cannabis adrenaline ... - Read More
Researchers in Japan have engineered a membrane with advanced features capable of removing harmful greenhouse gases from the atmosphere Their findings published in the British journal Nature Communications may one day contribute to lower greenhouse ... - Read More
Using only a few ingredients the biophysicist Prof Andreas Bausch and his team at the Technische Universität München TUM have successfully implemented a minimalistic model of the cell that can change its shape and move ... - Read More
Where the river meets the sea there is the potential to harness a significant amount of renewable energy according to a team of mechanical engineers at MIT The researchers evaluated an emerging method of power ... - Read More
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