Progeny of novel combination is more vigorous and productive than parental plants. Novel grafted plants — consisting of rootstock epigenetically modified to “believe” it has been under stress — joined to an unmodified scion, or above-ground shoot, give rise to progeny that are more vigorous, productive, and resilient than the […]

The thin and cost-effective lens is 3D printed and has the capacity to put live cells under the microscope, which would significantly improve diagnostics. Credit: © 2020 KAUST; Andrea Bertoncini Custom-fabricated lenses make it easy to attach high-tech microscopes directly to cell incubators. An optical device that resembles a miniaturized […]

Work by Wyss Core Faculty member Peng Yin in collaboration with Collins and others has demonstrated that different toehold switches can be combined to compute the presence of multiple “triggers,” similar to a computer’s logic board. Credit: Wyss Institute at Harvard University DNA and RNA have been compared to “instruction manuals” containing the […]

A fully automated microchip electrophoresis analyzer could someday be deployed in the search for life on other worlds. Credit: Adapted from Analytical Chemistry 2020, DOI: 10.1021/acs.analchem.0c01628 Although Earth is uniquely situated in the solar system to support creatures that call it home, different forms of life could have once existed, […]

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 […]