living organisms

Neural plasticity depends on this long noncoding RNA’s journey from nucleus to synapse

Making memories involves more than seeing friends or taking photos. The brain constantly adapts to new information and stores memories by building connections among neurons, called synapses. How neurons do…

How cells transport molecules with ‘active carpets’

New research provides insights into the process of diffusion in living systems, with implications from novel active coatings to understanding how pathogens are cleared from lungs. A drop of food…

Scientists discover compounds that could have helped to start life on Earth

Compounds discovered on the shores of the Dead Sea. Phosphorus is an element essential for life. It is fundamental to all living organisms, and is a key component of RNA,…

Breaking the ice on melting and freezing

A better understanding of iceberg melting and lake ice formation could provide new indicators of climate change. Eric Hester has spent the last three years chasing icebergs. A mathematics graduate…

Water at the end of the tunnel

We humans need oxygen to breath – for a lot of microbes it is a lethal poison. That is why microorganisms have developed ways to render oxygen molecules harmless. Microbiologists…

Intelligent software tackles plant cell jigsaw puzzle

Imagine working on a jigsaw puzzle with so many pieces that even the edges seem indistinguishable from others at the puzzle’s centre. The solution seems nearly impossible. And, to make…

Nanoparticles of the future

Researchers in Siegen have developed the world’s first afterglow-magnetic nanoparticles. The patented invention is designed for various applications including cancer detection in medicine and the detection of fine particulates in…

The relationship of proteins

What do the house mouse Mus Musculus, the organism Haloferax Mediterranei that lives in thermal springs and the intestinal bacterium Escherischia coli have in…

Wounded plants: how they coordinate their healing

All living organisms suffer injuries. Animals and humans have movable cells, specialized in finding, approaching, and healing wounds. Plant cells, however, are…

Researchers measure cancer cell mechanics in living animals using nanoparticles

The technique captures mechanical properties in living subjects that probe fundamental relationships between physics and in vivo (in a living organism)…

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