Category Archives: Research News

How dinosaurs may have evolved into birds

Tohoku University researchers and their international collaborators have identified a possible genetic mechanism underlying the evolution of birds, according to a recently published study in Nature Communications. Studies of dinosaur…

Zika infections could be factor in more pregnancies

Zika virus infection passes efficiently from a pregnant monkey to its fetus, spreading inflammatory damage throughout the tissues that support the fetus and its developing nervous system — suggesting the…

Conch shells may inspire better helmets, body armor

Three-tiered structure of these impact-resistant shells could inspire better helmets, body armor. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The shells of marine organisms take a beating from impacts due to storms and tides,…

Microbubbles and Gene Therapy Help Heal Broken Bones

Researchers from Cedars Sinai Medical Center have developed a new technique that, if successful in humans, could replace traditional bone grafts for mending nonhealing limb fractures. The new method, which…

First genomic data of mussels reveals how they survive under extreme conditions

Researchers in Hong Kong have assembled the 1.64 gigabytes genome of a deep-sea mussel. The discovery gives wider insights into future research on the mechanisms of symbiosis in other marine…

Amgen Reports Mixed Data in Phase 3 Bone Drug Study

An experimental osteoporosis drug being developed by Amgen and UCB produced surprising safety data in a phase 3 comparison study. The companies reported that patients taking the experimental treatment romosozumab…

Zap! Graphene is bad news for bacteria

Rice, Ben-Gurion universities show laser-induced graphene kills bacteria, resists biofouling HOUSTON – Scientists at Rice University and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) have discovered that laser-induced graphene (LIG) is a…

Harnessing energy from glass walls

A Korean research team has developed semi-transparent perovskite solar cells that could be great candidates for solar windows. Scientists are exploring ways to develop transparent or semi-transparent solar cells as…

MOFs provide a better way to remove water from gas

A breakthrough in generating water-stable metal-organic frameworks allows efficient removal of water from gases. The conventional view that metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) cannot be stable in water has been overturned by…

Triple play boosting value of renewable fuel could tip market in favor of biomass

Technologies for converting non-edible biomass into chemicals and fuels traditionally made from petroleum exist aplenty. But when it comes to attracting commercial interest, these technologies compete financially with a petroleum-based…