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China Plans to Build the World’s Biggest Particle Collider

China plans to build the world’s largest particle collider complex. The structure will be at least twice as big as CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva, Switzerland. The Circular Electron Positron Collider (CEPC) and the Super Proton Proton Collider (SPPC) are being designed by the best chinese physicists in collaboration with international figures. The super […]


Converting Roads into Solar Panels

A Dutch start-up has found a way to transform the whole road network into an enormous source of green energy. SolaRoad produces concrete modules that can capture sunlight and transform it in energy for street lighting, traffic systems, households and electric vehicles. The pilot has already been tested in a cycle path. The Province of Noord-Holland, Ooms […]


Social Isolation Affects Immune System

A team of researchers led by the University of Chicago have discovered the molecular mechanism by which social isolation affects health and causes premature death. Loneliness triggers a fight-or-flight stress response that ends up affecting white blood cells production. The study was published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study included humans […]


Ancient DNA Reveals Adaptations to the Agricultural Revolution

A team of international researchers led by Harvard Medical School has presented an in-depth study of the changes that occurred in the human genome on the arrival of agriculture and farming. The scientists compared the current human genomes with ancient DNA and found genetic differences attributed to natural selection in the face of the environmental changes that took […]


Robotic Lab Offers Now CRISPR Gene Editing

The robotic laboratory Transcriptic will add CRISPR gene editing to its services. Apart from the wet lab part of the job, Transcriptic offers CRISPR library design algorithms thanks to a collaboration with the London based software company Desktop Genetics. Transcriptic is a Californian company that offers a fully automated cell and molecular biology laboratory. Research […]


3D Localization of Single Molecules Improved to Nanoscale

University researchers W. E. Moerner, E. Betzig and S. W. Hell won the 2014 Nobel Prize for their development of super-resolution microscopy, a technique that breaks the optical diffraction limit following fluorescent emissions from single molecules. Now, the team led by Professor Moerner at Stanford University has improved this technology, achieving unprecedented accuracy when tracking single molecules in 3D. […]


Electric Chip Recovers Drug Nanoparticles from Blood

Researchers from the University of California, San Diego have discovered a new technique to isolate nanoparticles from blood plasma. An oscillating electric field can separate nanoparticles from complex liquids, allowing to recover, for example, drug-delivery particles. The finding could also have applications in industrial and environmental settings. The study has been published in the journal Small. Drug-carrying […]


Artificial Materials Inspired by a Sea Mollusk Shell and Eyes

Scientists from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard have discovered how a biomineral can generate two mollusk structures as different as the protective shell and the eyes. The study, published in Science, will help to create multifunctional materials. Material scientists have long been trying to obtain artificial materials with multiple functions, but […]


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