Science and Development

3-D-printed minifactories

Researchers have developed a biocompatible ink for 3-D printing using living bacteria. This makes it possible to produce biological materials capable of breaking down toxic substances or producing high-purity...

How saturated fatty acids damage cells

Researchers have developed a new microscopy technique that allows for the direct tracking of fatty acids after they’ve been absorbed into living cells. What they found using this technique...

Placenta consumption offers few benefits for new moms, small study shows

Consuming encapsulated placentas has little to no effect on postpartum mood and maternal bonding; detectable changes shown in hormones. Source: Science Link: Placenta consumption offers few benefits for new...

From Alaska to Amazonia: First global maps of traits that drive vegetation growth

Detailed global maps of key traits in higher plants have been made available for the first time. Source: Science Link: From Alaska to Amazonia: First global maps of traits...

Graphene nano 'tweezers' can grab individual biomolecules

Researchers have found yet another remarkable use for the wonder material graphene — tiny electronic ‘tweezers’ that can grab biomolecules floating in water with incredible efficiency. This capability could...

Bottle gourd genome provides insight on evolutionary history, relationships of cucurbits

Researchers have produced the first high-quality genome sequence for the bottle gourd (Lagenaria siceraria) and a reconstructed genome of the most recent Cucurbitaceae ancestor. Source: Science Link: Bottle gourd...

Why do we see similarities across languages? Human brain may be responsible

For years, researchers have been interested in the similarities seen across human languages. New research suggests that those similarities may stem from the brain’s preference for efficient information processing....

Dropping out of high school linked to child abuse

Children who have been victims of violence are more likely to drop out of high school before graduation than their peers, according to a new study. One in five...

Sperm RNA may serve as biomarkers of future health, researchers find

Human sperm may hold the potential to serve as biomarkers of the future health of newborn infants, according to a new study. Source: Science Link: Sperm RNA may serve...

The microbiological art of making a better sausage

Fermented sausages can vary in taste quality depending on whether the fermentations begin ‘spontaneously,’ or using a commercial starter culture. A team of investigators found that commercial starter culture...