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A macrophage cell.

Bubble-Based Technique Could Reveal Immune Cell Secrets

Macrophages are little cells vital to the immune system and could inform cell-based therapies. However, realizing the full potential of macrophage therapies relies on being able to see what these cellular allies are doing inside our bodies.
Plants growing in a large greenhouse.

Nanoparticles Made From Plant Viruses Could Be Farmers’ New Ally in Pest Control

Controlling infestations caused by root-damaging nematodes has long been a challenge in agriculture. Scientists have developed nanoparticles from plant viruses that can deliver pesticide molecules to previously unreachable soil depths.
A cherry tomato balanced on the prongs of two interlocked forks.

Designer Tomatoes Can Be Mechanically Harvested

Scientists have elucidated the mechanism of fruit shape formation in tomatoes and have developed fresh tomatoes with a square shape that are more suitable for mechanical harvesting.

Chemical Mystery Behind Silica-Coated Nanodiamonds Solved

Silica-coated nanodiamonds are tiny tools with applications from biolabeling of cancer cells to quantum sensing. Using X-ray tools, researchers have revealed that alcohol groups on a nanodiamond’s surface allow the bonding to take place.
A slice of chocolate cake sits on a plate beside a fork.

Cakes Get a Boost From Spent Tea and Coffee

Fortifying cake with spent tea leaves or coffee grounds can make it more nutritious and extend its shelf life, reports a new study.
Illustration showing the production of chemicals from mixed plastic waste.

Conventionally Unrecyclable Plastic Waste Mixes Turned Into Useful Chemicals

Scientists have developed a technology that uses an exceptionally efficient organocatalyst to allows the conversion of a conventionally unrecyclable mixture of plastic waste into useful chemicals.
Beams of light shining down through the ocean.

Novel Virus Identified in the Deep

Scientists have discovered a new virus isolated from sediment brought up from a depth of 8,900 meters. The virus is a bacteriophage – a virus that infects and replicates inside bacteria – and is thought to be the deepest known isolated phage to date.
Freshwater mussels.

How Will Salt-Sensitive Species Be Impacted by Sea Level Rises?

A new study detailing the levels in which salt water is toxic to mussels at various life stages, could provide guidance for conservation programs that consider climate-induced sea level rise and saltwater intrusion.
A neutrophil, interacting with two <i>Klebsiella pneumoniae</i> bacteria.

Rise of "Hypervirulent" Strains of Klebsiella pneumoniae Investigated

Klebsiella pneumoniae causes a variety of afflictions and can be deadly. Researchers have now shown which strains are more likely to survive in human blood and serum, and which are more susceptible to the human immune system.
A blue patterned bowl filled with yogurt. A lemon and a bulb of garlic sit to each side.

Could Yogurt Bid Goodbye to Garlic Breath?

The protein and fat content of yogurt can help fight garlic breath, reports a new study.