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Zombie cells in the sea

Viruses keep the most common marine bacteria in check. Marine microbes control the flux of matter and energy essential for life in the oceans. Among them, the bacterial group SAR11…

Treating chronic inflammation with approaches from nature

The interdisciplinary research group “nature4HEALTH” has recently started its work. The team from Friedrich Schiller University Jena and Jena University Hospital is developing holistic natural compound-based therapeutic approaches for the…

How heatwaves are affecting Arctic phytoplankton

The basis of the marine food web in the Arctic, the phytoplankton, responds to heatwaves much differently than to constantly elevated temperatures. This has been found by the first targeted…

Plants Restrict Use of “Tipp-Ex Proteins”

Plants have special corrective molecules at their disposal that can make retrospective modifications to copies of genes. However, it would appear that these “Tipp-Ex proteins” do not have permission to…

Promising development in cancer-fighting nanotechnologies

The new study could lead to advances in fighting solid tissue tumors. A new study conducted by the Wilhelm Lab at the University of Oklahoma examines a promising development in…

Batteries: modeling tomorrow’s materials today

Microstructure simulations reveal strong influence of elastic deformation on the charging behavior of layered oxides used as cathode of sodium-ion batteries. Research into new battery materials is aimed at optimizing…

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Physics and Astronomy

Unlocking the secrets of supercritical fluids

A study now published in Nature Communications brings remarkable insights into the enigmatic behavior of supercritical fluids, a hybrid state of matter occupying a unique space between liquids and gases,…

Top marks for IPP facilities

The European research consortium EUROfusion has had more than 100 fusion facilities in its member states independently assessed. The facilities of the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) were…

Wavefunction matching for solving quantum many-body problems

International research team cracks a hard physics problem. Strongly interacting systems play an important role in quantum physics and quantum chemistry. Stochastic methods such as Monte Carlo simulations are a…

Life Sciences and Chemistry

Recycling carbon dioxide into household chemicals

New catalyst transforms carbon dioxide from industrial emissions into commonly used chemicals. A low-cost, tin-based catalyst can selectively convert carbon dioxide to three widely produced chemicals — ethanol, acetic acid…

New molecular sensor tracks energy use at the subcellular level

A molecule called adenosine triphosphate (ATP) is the basic unit of biochemical energy that fuels the activities of all cells. Now a team led by researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine…

Researchers discover new pathway to cancer cell suicide

The way cancer cells die from chemotherapy appears to be different than previously understood. Chemotherapy kills cancer cells. But the way these cells die appears to be different than previously…

Materials Sciences

Machine learning accelerates discovery of high-performance metal oxide catalysts

Researchers have harnessed the power of artificial intelligence to significantly advance the discovery and optimization of multicomponent metal oxide electrocatalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). This breakthrough has the…

Plants instead of petroleum

– making new bio-based material solutions tangible on a pilot scale. The INN PRESSME joint project, funded by the European Union with around 14 million euros, was launched three years…

2D materials: a catalyst for future quantum technologies

For the first time, scientists at the Cavendish Laboratory have found that a single ‘atomic defect’ in a thin material, Hexagonal Boron Nitride (hBN), exhibits spin coherence under ambient conditions,…

Information Technology

How AI helps programming a quantum computer

Researchers from the University of Innsbruck have unveiled a novel method to prepare quantum operations on a given quantum computer, using a machine learning generative model to find the appropriate…

GARMI care robot becomes a universal assistant

From skill sets to an overall concept. At the International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA2024) in Yokohama, Japan, geriatronics researchers from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) will present…

Animal brain inspired AI game changer for autonomous robots

First neuromorphic vision and control of a flying drone. A team of researchers at Delft University of Technology has developed a drone that flies autonomously using neuromorphic image processing and…