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Research enhances enzyme that degrades plastic

The next step was to study PETase in detail, the contribution made by the new research project. "We focused on finding out what gives PETase the …

First seismic evidence for mantle exhumation at an ultraslow-spreading centre

But scientists had a problem: Contact with the seawater changes the mantle rocks. "After this process, serpentinisation, mantle rocks are barely …

How scientists analyze cell membranes

Münster researchers develop a new substance which mimics an important membrane component and can be visualized in living cells<p>Exchange of material …

Imaging

Your diet, not your genes, control how your body stores fat: Food and drink consumed alters chemicals in the gut and influences weight gain, reveals study

More than two thirds of the processes that make people gain weight are controlled by their diet, while less than one in five is hereditary, according …

Observation of different reactivities of <i>para</i> and <i>ortho-</i>water towards trapped diazenylium ions

Abstract<p>Water is one of the most fundamental molecules in chemistry, biology and astrophysics. It exists as two distinct nuclear-spin isomers, <i>para-</i> …

Chemistry

A Forgotten Element Could Help Us Redefine The Way We Measure Time

The most precise ever.<p>A rare earth element that doesn't get much mention could become the key to upgrading atomic clocks to become even more …

Rare Earth

Tiny Robots in Disguise Combat Bacteria in the Blood

Miniature robots cloaked in platelets and red blood cells can clear bacterial infections in the blood Image: Esteban-Fernández de Ávila/ Science …

How Drones Are Helping Scientists Study and Protect Endangered Whales

<i>The above video was provided by Intel.</i><p>If you’re a six-foot human standing on a paddleboard, it’s just as well you don’t know that a 60-foot, 40-ton …

Whales

Beyond the Theory of Evolution: Charles Darwin’s Work and All That Followed

The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity<p>Carl Zimmer<p>But Darwin’s view of heredity as genetically determined is just the beginning of the story, so simplistic as to be misleading, scientist Carl Zimmer writes in his new book, <i>She Has Her Mother’s Laugh.</i> Our parents’ DNA interacts to …

Stem cell transplant patient recovers

TAHSEEN Dilbar, a 30-year-old Pakistani man who was unable to produce enough healthy blood cells, has recovered and left the hospital in Shanghai …

Hematopoietic

Child battling muscular dystrophy hugs Trump

As President Trump signed the "Right to Try Act" into law Wednesday afternoon, 8-year-old Jordan McLinn of Indiana bashfully attempted to hug the …

Meet the 11 invasive species wreaking havoc on Oregon's environment

The FDA just put a pause on a cutting-edge gene editing trial that hadn't started yet — and the company's stock is dropping (CRSP, VRTX)

• <b>The FDA just put a hold on one of the first trials to test the CRISPR gene-editing technology in humans. The trial hadn't begun yet.</b>• <b><br>The trial, run by CRISPR Therapeutics and Vertex Pharmaceuticals, plans to look at how the gene-editing technology works to treat patients with sickle cell disease.</b> …

Genetics

New Tech Could Turn Algae Into the Climate’s Slimy Savior

Low-power ways to grow algae could lock in carbon dioxide and feed the world Photo: Amy Nordrum Jump to Articles in this Section • Vertical Farming <br>• How …

It’s not just sharks anymore: Deadly spider washes up ALIVE on a popular beach - so would YOU go for a swim?

A photograph of a particularly nasty looking spider was posted to social media on Thursday.<p>The frightening photo was posted to Reddit on Thursday, …

We can now treat sick babies with stem cells before they’re even born

Statistically, baby Elianna had little chance of survival. During an ultrasound, the doctor caring for Elianna’s mother, Nichelle Obar, realized the …

Stem Cells

Zombie ants bite twigs to better ‘rain’ spores

Zombie ants clamp onto aerial vegetation and hang on for months spewing the spores of their parasitic fungi, but they don’t always clamp on to the …

People Who Wear Glasses Really Are More Likely to Be Smart, Says Huge Study

Okay, this is weird.<p>It's one of the oldest, weather-worn clichés: that people who wear glasses are somehow smarter than those who don't. It's …

Sugar Cravings Are No Match for a New "Switch" Discovered in the Brain

Tasting sweetness isn't always enjoyable.<p>As soon as sugar touches your tongue, your nervous system kicks into high gear. The tongue tells the brain’s …

122 Pregnant Whales Were Killed in Japan’s Latest Hunt. Was This Illegal?

More than 120 pregnant female whales were among 333 killed during Japan’s recent annual summer hunt off the coast of Antarctica, according to a new report.<p>The report, released by the International Whaling Commission this month, said 122 of the slaughtered minke whales were pregnant and 114 were …

Whales

Controversial antibacterial ingredient now linked to inflammation and cancer

In the early 1970s, the chemical triclosan began to appear in a multitude of products. From soaps and toothpastes to cleaning supplies and …

Something Weird Happened to Men 7,000 Years Ago, And We Finally Know Why

The women, on the other hand, were fine.<p>Around 7,000 years ago - all the way back in the Neolithic - something really peculiar happened to human …

Chromosomes

A stable plasma ring has been created in open air for the first time ever

by Dom Galeon November 16, 2017 Hard Science 33319<p>Like Magic, Only Better<p>When it was first described in the 1920s by physicist Irvin Langmuir, plasma …

National Academy of Sciences

A revolutionary gene-editing technology is on track to be a $10 billion market by 2025

A revolutionary gene-editing tool will grow into a $10 billion market in 2025, according to a new report by Citi GPS.<p>CRISPR, short for "clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats," is a revolutionary tool that allows researchers to go into a cell's DNA and modify a mutated part of …

We Hate to Tell You But This Moth With Tentacles Is Completely Real

Sweet dreams.<p>What has six legs, two antennae, four furry appendages sprouting from its backside - and a big chunk of the Internet freaked out?<p>The …

Moths