biology

A fungus in Tatarinow’s aster produces bioactive agents

Tatarinow's aster is used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat a number of ailments; the plant contains an active ingredient known as astin - and it is this agent which cancer researchers are now investigating. However, the plant does not…
biology

Artificial retina promises to restore vision

The prospect of restoring vision in patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) or pigmentary retinopathies is moving closer to reality and many researchers are working on developing an artificial retina to fight blindness. In a new study, a team from…
physics

Laser beams and plasma address gap in fusion research

New research from the University of Rochester, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique will enhance the accuracy of computer models used in simulations of laser-driven implosions. The research, published in Nature Physics, addresses…
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climate
Tiny woodlands more important than previously thought
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research news
Molière probably did write his own plays
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imaging
A 0.3 mm David Bowie: the smallest character ever created in 3D
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biology
Despite EU moratorium, neonicotinoids still pose a risk for bees
biology
Excess calorie intake early in life leads to colitis later on
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health
E. coli gain a foothold by changing their diets in inflammatory bowel disease
climate

Human activity already increased global soil erosion 4000 years ago

Soil erosion reduces the productivity of ecosystems, changes nutrient cycles and thus directly impacts climate and society. An international team of researchers, including Professor Pierre Francus at the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS) and INRA at the Université Savoie Mont…
energy

Strategically placing future hydropower dams to avoid environmental risks

Dams planned for construction in the Mekong Basin of South East Asia would drastically and irreversibly reduce sediment flow, according to a new study published in Science Advances, which provides the framework to optimize where and how dams are built…
biology

Ants are jam-free traffic champions

Whether they occur on the road to our holidays or the daily commute, traffic jams affect cars as well as pedestrians. Scientists at the Research Center on Animal Cognition (CNRS/Université Toulouse III – Paul Sabatier) and the University of Arizona…
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biology
P0 protein sacrificed by a virus
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chemistry
How a molecule can change the climate
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earth
Catastrophic events carry tree forests thousands of miles to a burial at sea
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physics
Phytoplankton could be sea cyclists
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earth
Collective behaviour in 480-million-year-old arthropods
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biology
Resolving the nuclear disassembly and import mechanisms of HIV
health
Ebola outbreaks could worsen because of conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
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anthropology
Early humans moved through Mediterranean earlier than believed
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health
A potential novel therapeutic target for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease