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New strategy to design mechano-responsive luminescent materials

Crystals made from gold complexes change color as they change structure from “chiral” to “achiral” when ground. “Smart” materials that change color in response to a mechanical stimulus have a…

UW Arboretum workshop tracks endangered bees with photos

With a trained eye and quick finger stabbing the air, University of Wisconsin–Madison Arboretum native plant gardener Susan Carpenter counts off the bumble bees buzzing in front of her. “The two-spotted, the brown-belted, the…

Zealandia should hold answers about tectonics, past climate

Scientific expedition will explore Tasman Sea for clues about submerged continent HOUSTON — Thirty scientists will sail from Australia July 27 on a two-month ocean drilling expedition to the submerged continent of…

Food as Medicine in the Fight Against Dementia

Healthy eating may preserve cognitive function and reduce the risk of dementia. That’s according to findings from four studies presented at the 2017 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC 2017) in…

Shining rings: A new material emits white light when exposed to electricity

Scientists at Nagoya University have developed a new way to make stimuli-responsive materials in a predictable manner. They used this method to design a new material, a mixture of carbon…

Taking the genomic revolution to corn fields to improve crops

“Having the sequence of a genome is like having the blueprint of a house,” says Natalia de Leon, a professor of agronomy at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. But, says de Leon,…

Study predicts heart cells’ response to dwindling oxygen

Results may help surgeons determine when and how to treat heart attacks.  CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Time is of the essence when treating a patient undergoing a heart attack. Cardiac surgeons attempt…

Reprogramming iMacs — but not the kind you think

A new method that leads to the formation of specialized tissue cells could improve the understanding of neurodegenerative diseases, inflammatory diseases and cancer.   A new method that leads to…

New gel coatings may lead to better catheters and condoms

Bonded layers of rubber and hydrogel yield tough, slippery, and impermeable coatings.  CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Catheters, intravenous lines, and other types of surgical tubing are a medical necessity for managing a…

Shaping up against pathogens

A missing link in the complex molecular pathway by which plants resist pathogens has been identified by an international team headed by Heribert Hirt from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). This finding highlights a potential mechanism that could be harnessed to “vaccinate” crops against disease.