Credit: Tomsk Polytechnic University Developed a new 2D material to produce hydrogen, which is the basis of alternative energy; the material efficiently generates hydrogen molecules from fresh, salt, and polluted water by exposure to sunlight. Scientists of Tomsk Polytechnic University jointly with teams from the University of Chemistry and Technology, […]

Gardenia’s newly sequenced genome highlights how evolutionary tinkering transforms plants into some of nature’s great chemical-makers. Plants are some of nature’s most extraordinary chemists. Unlike animals, they can’t run from predators or pathogens. They can’t uproot themselves to seek out a mate or spread their seeds. So instead, they manufacture […]

In 2017, Stanford University researchers presented a new device that mimics the brain’s efficient and low-energy neural learning process. It was an artificial version of a synapse — the gap across which neurotransmitters travel to communicate between neurons — made from organic materials. In 2019, the researchers assembled nine of […]

A microinjection device (red) is attached to a citrus tree, providing a way of injecting pesticide or other materials directly into the plant’s circulatory system. Credit: Courtesy of the researchers Microneedles made of silk-based material can target plant tissues for delivery of micronutrients, hormones, or genes. While the human world […]

A graphic depiction of protein nanowires (green) harvested from microbe Geobacter (orange) facilitate the electronic memristor device (silver) to function with biological voltages, emulating the neuronal components (blue junctions) in a brain. Credit: UMass Amherst/Yao lab University of Massachusetts Amherst researchers advance neuromorphic computing. Only 10 years ago, scientists working […]

Reconstruction of the giant pterosaur Hatzegopteryx launching into the air, just after the forelimbs have left the ground. Credit: Mark Witton Pterosaurs were the largest animals ever to fly. They soared the skies for 160 million years–much longer than any species of modern bird. Despite their aeronautic excellence, these ancient […]

This is a scanning electron microscope image of the microalgal colonies in the hybrid living biopolymers. Credit: University of Cambridge Researchers from Cambridge University and the University of California San Diego have 3D printed coral-inspired structures that are capable of growing dense populations of microscopic algae. Their results, reported April […]

New technique may enable speedy, on-demand design of softer, safer neural devices. Credit: Courtesy of the researchers Technique may enable speedy, on-demand design of softer, safer neural devices. The brain is one of our most vulnerable organs, as soft as the softest tofu. Brain implants, on the other hand, are […]

Scientists Identify Microbe That Could Help Degrade Polyurethane-Based Plastics A strain of an extremophile group of bacteria is capable of ingesting toxic organic compounds as its sole source of carbon, nitrogen, and energy. There may be a small answer to one of the biggest problems on the planet. German researchers […]