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Electron Microscopy – News and Features

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New Sustainable Coating for Paper Packaging Could Help Reduce Microplastic Pollution

What if there was a biodegradable packaging material with high performance without leaving microplastics? A new coating for paper packaging could be the answer.
Cells dividing.

How Cell Division Modes Reflect Life Cycle Diversity

New research by EMBL scientists shows how different modes of cell division used by animals and fungi might have evolved to support diverse life cycles.
Someone holding a cleaning bottle with washing up gloves on.

Recycling Carbon Dioxide Into Household Chemicals

A low-cost, tin-based catalyst can selectively convert carbon dioxide to three widely produced chemicals — ethanol, acetic acid and formic acid.
A battery stood on its end.

Using Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy To Design Safer, Higher-Performance Lithium Metal Batteries

Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy techniques can be leveraged to design the anode surface in lithium metal batteries, making the batteries safer and improving performance.
A nuclear power plant.

World First Imaging of Radioactive Cesium Atoms in Environmental Samples

Thirteen years after the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (FDNPP), a breakthrough in analysis has permitted a world first: direct imaging of radioactive cesium (Cs) atoms in environmental samples.
Bacteria with tails.

Unique Immune Component Allows Deadly Strain of Cholera To Out-Compete Other Variants

The persistence of a deadly strain of cholera that emerged in 1961 has baffled scientists. New research has shown how it has managed to out-compete other variants.
Asymmetric supercapacitors.

Scientists Convert Chicken Fat Into Energy Storage Devices

The global move toward more sustainable, green energy has increased power reserves and the demand for energy storage devices. Unfortunately, some materials for these devices can be expensive and environmentally problematic.
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Researchers Uncover How Psychedelics Interact With Serotonin Receptors

Researchers have shed light on how some psychedelic drugs – which show promise in patients with neuropsychiatric disorders such as depression and anxiety – bind to and activate serotonin receptors.
Neurotransmitters travel between two synapses.

A New Tool for Predicting Neurotransmitters

A new computer model is more than 90% accurate in predicting neurotransmitters within the insect connectome.
Six layers of excitatory neurons color-coded by depth.

Map of Neural Connections Produced in a Fragment of the Human Brain

Harvard team helped create the largest 3D brain reconstruction to date, showing in vivid detail each cell and its web of connections in a piece of temporal cortex about half the size of a rice grain.