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Nanomaterials Give Plants "Super" Abilities

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Plants have been developed that can make nanomaterials called metal-organic frameworks. The augmented plants could potentially perform useful new functions, such as sensing chemicals or harvesting light more efficiently.

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Sensitivity vs Specificity

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When developing diagnostic tests or evaluating results, it is important to understand how reliable those tests and therefore the results you are obtaining are. By using samples of known disease status, values such as sensitivity and specificity can be calculated that allow you to evaluate just that.

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How Do Scientists at UMass-Amherst Make Sure Astronaut Food Is Nutritious? | Behind the Science S3E8

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Jen visits the University of Massachusetts at Amherst to meet Tim Goulette and William Dixon, food science Ph.D. students.

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Scouting Out Microparticles in the Battle With Microplastics

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There are many reasons that one might want to detect microparticles in a sample, and equally many sources from which microparticles may be generated. Of growing interest recently is the identification of microplastics, not just in the environment but also in the food chain. We spoke to Harald Fischer, Marketing Director at WITec, about ParticleScout, their latest Raman-based solution for rapid identification of microparticles, and the role it can play in assisting microplastic studies.

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Improving Lignin Understanding Could Improve Crop Economy

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Scientists have advanced the understanding of lignin biosynthesis which will improve the efficiency of biomass conversion into biofuels and increase the quality of forage and silage.

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How a Shrub May Enable the “Impossible” in Treating Addiction
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Scientists used a compound found in a shrub native to Africa to reveal the three major shapes of the serotonin transporter, a protein in the brain linked to anxiety and depression.

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Microbial Contaminants Found in Popular E-cigarettes
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Popular electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) products sold in the U.S. were contaminated with bacterial and fungal toxins, according to new research

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Detecting Rare Earth Metals
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A more efficient and cost-effective way to detect lanthanides, the rare earth metals used in smartphones and other technologies, could be possible with a new protein-based sensor that changes its fluorescence when it binds to these metals.

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Nanomaterials in Wastewater: Emerging Contaminant or Promising Treatment?
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One of the most exciting fields opening up as a result of efforts to identify new or unforeseen hazards to our waterways and effective methods for treating contaminated wastewater and industrial effluents is the study of nanomaterials and nanotechnology; both as an emerging contaminant in industrial effluents, and a potentially useful tool for water filtration and purification.

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NASA Identical Twin Study Takes Our Understanding of Space Travel to the Final Frontier
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Identical male twins Scott and Mark Kelly - both (now retired) NASA astronauts – spent one year apart as Scott travelled to and inhabited the International Space Station (ISS), whilst Mark stayed at home on earth. Researchers have gained valuable insights from the study results as to the physiological effects of space travel.

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Taking a Closer Look at Microbial-Environmental Interactions With Cryo-EM
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No microbe is an island. Understanding how they interact with each other and their surrounding environment is important to harness their beneficial properties and combat harmful behavior. We spoke to Professor Ariane Briegel about the important role of cryo-EM in these studies.

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Post-translational Modifications in Biopharmaceuticals
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This article provides insights on the impact of post-translational modifications of biopharmaceutical products on drug development and biotherapeutic formulation.

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Mass Spectrometry is Advancing Cancer Research in Leaps and Bounds
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From picking out cancerous tissue areas during diagnosis, to uncovering novel biomarkers of early detection, mass spectrometry has become an indispensable analytical technique in cancer research.

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Why Insect Meal Will Be the New Feed for Animals in Aquaculture
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Insects as a viable animal feed have been receiving increasing recognition due to their high energy and protein content. With changes in legislation enabling some insect species to be used in feed for animals in aquaculture, we take a look at the current picture.

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