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NMR Spectroscopy – News and Features

A 3D map and a 3D model of a protein structure generated using cryo EM.

Cryo Electron Microscopy: Principle, Strengths, Limitations and Applications

Cryo electron microscopy (cryo EM) has revolutionized our understanding of the intricate molecular machinery that governs life. In this article, we discuss what cryo EM is, how it works, it's strengths, limitations and applications.
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Understanding Battery Types, Components and the Role of Battery Material Testing in Development and Manufacture

Batteries have become an integral part of our everyday lives. In this article, we will consider the main types of batteries, battery components and materials and the reasons for and ways in which battery materials are tested.
A protein chain.

NMR Spectroscopy Offers Diagnostic Potential for Inflammatory Disease

The analysis of all small molecules in an organism (the metabolome) has huge potential for medical diagnostics. A German research team is investigating this with nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometry (NMR).
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Your Morning Espresso Could Prevent Alzheimer’s Protein Clumping

In preliminary in vitro laboratory tests, espresso compounds can inhibit tau protein aggregation – a process that is believed to be involved in the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
Archeological dig of boron monoxide with brushes labeled as different analytical methods.

Elusive Boron Monoxide Structure Finally Determined After 83 Years

Using new NMR methods and previously unavailable analytical tools, a team of researchers has finally solved the structure of boron monoxide.
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Heparin Crisis: Problems Solved and Solutions Found

Scientists have discovered an alternative, novel source of the important anticoagulant heparin, extracted from the mucus of the giant African snail.
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Rare Isotope Chemical Information Harvested From a Fraction of Material Previously Needed

A new approach has been developed to harvest detailed chemical information on radioactive and/or enriched stable isotopes. The approach is much more efficient, requiring 1,000 times less material than previous methods, with no loss of data quality.
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Ultrasensitive NMR Device Could Improve Protein Studies

A new way of machining microscale rotors from diamond crystal can enable ultrasensitive NMR devices for probing proteins and other materials.
A small magpie moth.

Newly Discovered Protein Domain Regulates Collagen Transport

Researchers have characterized and named the protein domain that is responsible for the recognition of collagen for the first time.
A cell that is about to rupture due to programmed cell death.

How Do Our Cells Kill Themselves?

Every day, millions of cells die in our body. Other than generally assumed, cells do not simply burst at the end of their lives but rather, a specific protein serves as a breaking point for cell membrane rupture.