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Sustainability – News and Features

Image of a microrobot made of an algae cell (green) covered with drug-filled nanoparticles (orange) coated with red blood cell membranes.

Algae-Based Microbots Deliver Cancer Drugs Directly to Lung Tumors

Combining biology and nanotechnology, researchers have developed algae-based “microbots” to deliver drugs directly to lung tumors in mice – with the approach showing promise for reducing tumor growth and increasing survival.
Two researchers in a lab.

Material Mimics Photosynthesis to Produce Hydrogen Peroxide From Water and Air

National University of Singapore (NUS) chemists have developed hexavalent photocatalytic covalent organic frameworks (COFs) which mimic natural photosynthesis for the production of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), an important industrial chemical.
Bacteria formed of small spherical subunits.

Cyanobacteria’s Ability To Move Offers Promising Applications in Biotechnology

The principles of cyanobacteria movement have revealed that they may show promise in biotechnology.
John Lesica, president, chromatography and mass spectrometry at Thermo Fisher Scientific.
Industry Insight

Optimizing Analytical Tools To Accelerate Translational Research

John Lesica, president of chromatography and mass spectrometry at Thermo Fisher Scientific, joined Technology Networks for an interview at this year's American Society for Mass Spectrometry event.
An LED image of four batteries.

Are “Liquid Batteries” the Future of Renewable Energy Storage?

A Stanford team are exploring an emerging technology for renewable energy storage: liquid organic hydrogen carriers (LOHCs). Hydrogen is already used as fuel or a means for generating electricity, but containing and transporting it is tricky.
The sun beams on a city.

New Fabric Makes Urban Heat Islands More Bearable

With applications in clothing, construction and food storage, a new textile reduces heat from both the sun and thermal radiation from nearby buildings.

Ultra-Processed Foods and Alcohol Contribute to 2.7 Million Deaths in Europe a Year, Says WHO

In a new report, the health organization calls on governments to combat the lobbying and commercial influence of “harmful” industries to protect the health of future generations.
A green field.

CRISPR-Cas9 Editing in Plants: What's the Latest Research?

In this article, we take a look at the latest advancements in research applying multiplex CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing to plants.
A robot arm.

Flexible Piezoelectric Sensors for Both Humans and Robots

Existing designs of flexible piezoelectric sensors are either are costly or have limited sensitivity. Researchers tackled these issues by developing a novel piezoelectric composite material.
Cancer cells.

Enhancing CAR-T Cell Therapies With Biodegradable Scaffolds

T-cell stimulating biomaterial that slowly biodegrades under the skin stimulates CAR-T cells in the body to improve therapeutic efficacy in an aggressive mouse tumor model.