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Lab of the Future – News and Features

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New Discovery May Lead to Potential IBD Treatments

La Trobe University researchers have identified a protein that is integral to gut health, providing an important lead in the search for a treatment for people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).
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Inhibitory Neurotransmitter GABA Can Also Excite

A neurotransmitter previously thought only to calm neurons may also play a role in waking them up, a discovery that challenges the textbook view of how neurons communicate with one another in the brain.
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New Polymer May Be Key to More Energy-Efficient Buildings

University of Texas at Dallas researchers and their collaborators are developing a quick-drying polymeric desiccant that could dehumidify buildings using at least 30% less energy than conventional air-conditioning systems.
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New Cell Culture Model Identifies Potential ALS Drug Target

Using the new cell culture model "iNets", University of Zurich researchers identified a missing link between aberrant TDP-43 behavior and neuronal cell death: a toxic accumulation of NPTX2, a protein that is usually secreted through the synapses.
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AI Learns and Predicts User Behaviors

Researchers have created an open-source platform known as A-SOiD that can learn and predict user-defined behaviors, just from video.
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Model Identifies Potential Drug Combinations To Avoid

A new model has been designed to identify drugs that should not be prescribed together. It has already identified common drugs – an antibiotic and a blood thinner – that may interfere with each other.
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Deep Learning Model Can Predict Single-Molecule Magnets

The method identifies magnetic materials solely based on their crystal structure, eliminating the need for time-consuming experiments and simulations.
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Researchers Develop Light-Responsive Material for Soft Robots

Researchers have designed a new, 3D-printable, light-responsive material that can be used to make machines that move without any electronics.
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Researchers Catalogue Ocean Viruses That Can Capture Carbon

By combining genomic sequencing data with AI analysis, researchers are zeroing in on the ocean viruses that can capture carbon and help combat climate change.
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Solving the Ferroelectricity Puzzle: 5,000 Atoms Are All You Need

Experimental evidence and theoretical simulations have shattered the previously accepted notion that traditional ferroelectric effects were limited by the size of the ferroelectric crystals.