• Smart sponge could clean up oil spills

    “Highly porous sponge selectively soaks up oil, sparing water and wildlife” Source: Northwestern Now Story Sponge can absorb more than 30 times its weight in oil and be reused up to several dozen times Secret lies in its oleophilic, hydrophobic, magnetic (OHM) nanocomposite coating Process can turn any cheap sponge [..]

  • New technology enables fast protein synthesis

    “Automated tabletop machine could accelerate the development of novel drugs to treat cancer and other diseases.” Source: Anne Trafton | MIT News Office Many proteins are useful as drugs for disorders such as diabetes, cancer, and arthritis. Synthesizing artificial versions of these proteins is a time-consuming process that requires genetically [..]

  • A Multiplexed Microarray Platform (Affi-BAMS) for Targeted Proteomics by Adeptrix

    “Affinity-Bead-Assisted Mass Spectrometry (Affi-BAMS) can simultaneously profile various proteins and applicable to all types of biological samples” By: Vladislav Bergo, Ph.D. CSO, Adeptrix Corp, Proteomic studies critically rely on multi-dimensional separation methods such as 2D-LC to simplify the complexity of enzymatically digested biological specimens before subsequent MS & MS/MS to efficiently [..]

  • Scientists identify obscure protein responsible for advanced breast cancer

    “High levels of a protein called Creld2 have been linked to the most aggressive types of breast cancer with lower survival rates” Source: UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA South Australian scientists have made a critical breakthrough, discovering how an obscure protein causes breast cancer to develop and grow more quickly. High [..]

  • Nanodevices show how cells change with time, by tracking from the inside

    “The nanodevices have the flexibility to register the movement of the cell’s cytoplasm as the one-cell embryo embarks on its voyage towards becoming a two-cell embryo.” Source: UNIVERSITY OF BATH For the first time, scientists have introduced minuscule tracking devices directly into the interior of mammalian cells, giving an unprecedented [..]

  • New technology can detect anti-virus antibody in 20 minutes

    “If a suitable reagent is developed, this technology could be used to detect antibodies against SARS-CoV-2, the causative virus of COVID-19.” Source: Hokkaido University News Researchers have succeeded in detecting anti-avian influenza virus antibody in blood serum within 20 minutes, using a portable analyzer they have developed to conduct rapid [..]

  • New urine testing method holds promise for kidney stone sufferers

    “Simpler test that can be done in doctor’s office offers results in 30 minutes” Source: Penn State An improved urine-testing system for people suffering from kidney stones inspired by nature and proposed by researchers from Penn State and Stanford University may enable patients to receive results within 30 minutes instead [..]

  • Solar energy farms could offer second life for electric vehicle batteries

    “Modeling study shows battery reuse systems could be profitable for both electric vehicle companies and grid-scale solar operations.” Source: David L. Chandler | MIT News Office As electric vehicles rapidly grow in popularity worldwide, there will soon be a wave of used batteries whose performance is no longer sufficient for [..]

  • Genetic barcodes can ensure authentic DNA fingerprints

    “Researchers propose a way of ensuring that genetic samples taken in the field for DNA fingerprinting arrive at the laboratory unaltered” Source: DUKE UNIVERSITY DURHAM, N.C. – Engineers at Duke University and the New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering have demonstrated a method for ensuring that an increasingly popular [..]

  • Machine-learning tool could help develop tougher materials

    “Engineers develop a rapid screening system to test fracture resistance in billions of potential materials.” Source: David L. Chandler | MIT News Office For engineers developing new materials or protective coatings, there are billions of different possibilities to sort through. Lab tests or even detailed computer simulations to determine their [..]

  • MIT engineers propose a safer method for sharing ventilators

    “Suggested design could make it easier to divide air flow for Covid-19 patients in emergencies when no other options are available.” Source: Anne Trafton | MIT News Office As more Covid-19 patients experience acute respiratory distress, there has been much debate over the idea of sharing ventilators, which involves splitting [..]