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Hubble finds electrically-charged buckyballs in interstellar space

Nanowerk research news - 6 hours 43 min ago
Scientists using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have confirmed the presence of electrically-charged molecules in space shaped like soccer balls, shedding light on the mysterious contents of the interstellar medium (ISM) - the gas and dust that fills interstellar space.
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Research reveals exotic quantum states in double-layer graphene

Nanowerk research news - Tue, 2019-06-25 22:26
Findings shed new light on the nature of electron interactions in quantum systems and establishing a potential new platform for future quantum computers.
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Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists announces 2019 National Laureates

EurekAlert! Biology - Tue, 2019-06-25 21:00
(Tartaglia Communications) Three female scientists have been named Laureates of the Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists, each receiving $250,000, the largest unrestricted scientific prize offered to America's most-promising, faculty-level researchers age 42 and younger. It marks the first time in the program's 13-year history that all of the recipients are women. The Blavatnik Family Foundation and the New York Academy of Sciences announced the 2019 national laureates, honored for their work in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering and Chemistry.
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Translating proteins into music, and back

EurekAlert! Biology - Tue, 2019-06-25 21:00
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology) In a surprising marriage of science and art, researchers at MIT have developed a system for converting the molecular structures of proteins, the basic building blocks of all living beings, into audible sound that resembles musical passages. Then, reversing the process, they can introduce some variations into the music and convert it back into new proteins never before seen in nature.
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Making music from proteins (video)

EurekAlert! Biology - Tue, 2019-06-25 21:00
(American Chemical Society) Composers string notes of different pitch and duration together to create music. Similarly, cells join amino acids with different characteristics together to make proteins. Now, researchers have bridged these two seemingly disparate processes by translating protein sequences into musical compositions and then using artificial intelligence to convert the sounds into brand-new proteins. They report their results in ACS Nano.
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Natural ingredients in supplements, nutraceuticals get a new type of barcode

EurekAlert! Biology - Tue, 2019-06-25 21:00
(American Chemical Society) Increasingly, shoppers are choosing nutraceuticals, cosmetics and herbal remedies with natural ingredients, and these products are readily available in many drug stores and supermarkets. But some consumers, health professionals and policy makers have raised concerns about the safety, quality and effectiveness of some of these health products. Now, researchers in ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry have developed a method to authenticate botanical ingredients by giving them each a unique 'chemical barcode.'
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Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists announces 2019 National Laureates

EurekAlert! Materials - Tue, 2019-06-25 21:00
(Tartaglia Communications) Three female scientists have been named Laureates of the Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists, each receiving $250,000, the largest unrestricted scientific prize offered to America's most-promising, faculty-level researchers age 42 and younger. It marks the first time in the program's 13-year history that all of the recipients are women. The Blavatnik Family Foundation and the New York Academy of Sciences announced the 2019 national laureates, honored for their work in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering and Chemistry.
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Translating proteins into music, and back

EurekAlert! Materials - Tue, 2019-06-25 21:00
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology) In a surprising marriage of science and art, researchers at MIT have developed a system for converting the molecular structures of proteins, the basic building blocks of all living beings, into audible sound that resembles musical passages. Then, reversing the process, they can introduce some variations into the music and convert it back into new proteins never before seen in nature.
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Making music from proteins (video)

EurekAlert! Materials - Tue, 2019-06-25 21:00
(American Chemical Society) Composers string notes of different pitch and duration together to create music. Similarly, cells join amino acids with different characteristics together to make proteins. Now, researchers have bridged these two seemingly disparate processes by translating protein sequences into musical compositions and then using artificial intelligence to convert the sounds into brand-new proteins. They report their results in ACS Nano.
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Natural ingredients in supplements, nutraceuticals get a new type of barcode

EurekAlert! Materials - Tue, 2019-06-25 21:00
(American Chemical Society) Increasingly, shoppers are choosing nutraceuticals, cosmetics and herbal remedies with natural ingredients, and these products are readily available in many drug stores and supermarkets. But some consumers, health professionals and policy makers have raised concerns about the safety, quality and effectiveness of some of these health products. Now, researchers in ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry have developed a method to authenticate botanical ingredients by giving them each a unique 'chemical barcode.'
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Translating proteins into music, and back

EurekAlert! Nanotechnology - Tue, 2019-06-25 21:00
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology) In a surprising marriage of science and art, researchers at MIT have developed a system for converting the molecular structures of proteins, the basic building blocks of all living beings, into audible sound that resembles musical passages. Then, reversing the process, they can introduce some variations into the music and convert it back into new proteins never before seen in nature.
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New unprinting method can help recycle paper and curb environmental costs

EurekAlert! Biology - Tue, 2019-06-25 21:00
(Rutgers University) Imagine if your printer had an 'unprint' button that used pulses of light to remove toner - and thereby quintupled the lifespan of recycled paper. A Rutgers-led team has created a new way to unprint paper that, unlike laser-based methods, can work with the standard, coated paper used in home and office printers.
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Researchers discover more than 50 lakes beneath the Greenland Ice Sheet

EurekAlert! Biology - Tue, 2019-06-25 21:00
(Lancaster University) Researchers have discovered 56 previously uncharted subglacial lakes beneath the Greenland Ice Sheet bringing the total known number of lakes to 60. Although these lakes are typically smaller than similar lakes in Antarctica, their discovery demonstrates that lakes beneath the Greenland Ice Sheet are much more common than previously thought.
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We need to talk about chloramphenicol -- how does this antibiotic cause damage to eukaryotes?

EurekAlert! Biology - Tue, 2019-06-25 21:00
(Tokyo University of Science) A group of scientists from Japan -- led by Professor Takashi Kamakura of Tokyo University of Science -- has demonstrated, for the first time, the molecular and cellular basis of the 'adverse' effects of the antibiotic chloramphenicol on eukaryotic cells.
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Snails show that variety is the key to success if you want to remember more

EurekAlert! Biology - Tue, 2019-06-25 21:00
(University of Sussex) Neuroscientists at the University of Sussex have revealed the factors that impact on memory interference, showing that a change is as good as a rest when it comes to retaining more information. They also discovered that timing plays a key role, as old information can effectively be replaced by new information when learning takes place during a memory lapse.
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Environmental destruction linked to African population raises questions about family sizes

EurekAlert! Biology - Tue, 2019-06-25 21:00
(Flinders University) Africa is projected to be home to nearly 3 billion people by 2100, but rapid population growth will cause widespread environmental degradation unless effective family planning becomes widespread policy, according to new research that tracked increased population pressures on the continent's ecosystems.
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New unprinting method can help recycle paper and curb environmental costs

EurekAlert! Materials - Tue, 2019-06-25 21:00
(Rutgers University) Imagine if your printer had an 'unprint' button that used pulses of light to remove toner - and thereby quintupled the lifespan of recycled paper. A Rutgers-led team has created a new way to unprint paper that, unlike laser-based methods, can work with the standard, coated paper used in home and office printers.
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We need to talk about chloramphenicol -- how does this antibiotic cause damage to eukaryotes?

EurekAlert! Materials - Tue, 2019-06-25 21:00
(Tokyo University of Science) A group of scientists from Japan -- led by Professor Takashi Kamakura of Tokyo University of Science -- has demonstrated, for the first time, the molecular and cellular basis of the 'adverse' effects of the antibiotic chloramphenicol on eukaryotic cells.
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Organic farming enhances honeybee colony performance

EurekAlert! Biology - Tue, 2019-06-25 21:00
(CNRS) A team of researchers from the CNRS, INRA, and the University of La Rochelle is now the first to have demonstrated that organic farming benefits honeybee colonies, especially when food is scarce in late spring. The scientists analyzed six years of data collected through a unique system for monitoring domesticated bees that is unparalleled in Europe. Their findings are published in the Journal of Applied Ecology.
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Managing the ups and downs of coffee production

EurekAlert! Biology - Tue, 2019-06-25 21:00
(American Society of Agronomy) Research could bring new coffee varieties to market faster and improve yields.
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