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Climate-Friendly Propane Heat Pumps

Germany: Heat Pumps

Climate-Friendly Propane Heat Pumps

Fraunhofer researchers have now contributed to the development of a heat pump that uses propane instead of harmful fluorinated greenhouse gases. The pump is both more climate-friendly and more efficient, the scientists claim. read...

Lifestyle Diseases Started 12.5 Million Years Ago

Germany: Nutritional Science

Lifestyle Diseases Started 12.5 Million Years Ago

A team of scientists found that the fruits likely consumed by the earliest representative of African apes and human in early winter had a high sugar and especially fructose content. This in turn led to the formation of body fat due to the lack of uricase in the metabolism. read...

Labvolution Award To Honor Real-World Solutions

Germany: Lab Technology

Labvolution Award To Honor Real-World Solutions

Labvolution, Europe’s trade fair for laboratory technology, will for the first time next year award prizes for examples of best practice. The newly created Labvolution Award is aimed specifically at users from the laboratory sector, i.e. laboratories, research groups, or deserving individuals. It honors outstanding improvements that deliver significant benefits for laboratory work and processes. read...

Researchers Turn Unpleasant Soy Pulp into Healthy Probiotic Drink

Singapore: Food Science

Researchers Turn Unpleasant Soy Pulp into Healthy Probiotic Drink

Okara — the residue from the production of soy milk and tofu — has an unpleasant smell and taste. About 10,000 tonnes of this pulp is produced in Singapore each year. Usually it is discarded by soy food producers as food waste. Now, scientist at the National University of Singapore have devised a process that could allow to use it as nutrient source. read...

Climate Change Denial and Right-Wing Ideology

Sweden: Environmental Sociology

Climate Change Denial and Right-Wing Ideology

Building on a recent research publication showing the links between conservatism, xenophobia and climate change denial, the world’s first global research network into climate change denial will study how the growth of right-wing nationalism in Europe has contributed to an increase in climate change denial. read...

3D Analysis of Cells During Organ Growth

Germany: Cell Biology

3D Analysis of Cells During Organ Growth

Understanding how tissues properly form and grow during the development of an organism is an important question in biology. Researchers were now able to show that elongated cells are the key to maintain the shape of the retinal tissue during growth of a zebrafish. This concept could also apply to other organisms. read...

Key Protein Involved in Autism Discovered

Spain: Biomedical Research

Key Protein Involved in Autism Discovered

Spanish researchers discovered that CPEB4, a molecule that regulates protein synthesis, is impaired in most cases of autism. The scientists observed that the defects in CPEB4 lead to the dysregulation in the expression of most of these 200 genes. Understanding the biological bases of autism may facilitate the design of future experimental treatments and diagnosis tools for this condition. read...

Unconventional Pollinators in the Tropics

Singapore: Biology

Unconventional Pollinators in the Tropics

In an extensive documentation of flower-visiting orthopterans in the tropics, NUS biologists found that grasshoppers, crickets, katydids, and their relatives provide a valuable service to plants by serving as pollinators. read...

Discovery Could Enable Recycling of Non-Recyclable Plastics

Germany: Light-Controlled Molecules

Discovery Could Enable Recycling of Non-Recyclable Plastics

A discovery made by Berlin scientists paves the way for the development of novel recycling methods and sustainable materials. Their strategy is based on a molecule, which can drive or reverse specific chemical reactions with light of different colors. read...

Complex Sugarcane Genome Successfully Sequenced

France: Genome Sequencing

Complex Sugarcane Genome Successfully Sequenced

An international team coordinated by Cirad succeeded in sequencing the sugarcane genome, as reported in Nature Communication on 6 July. It will now be possible to "modernize" the methods used to breed sugarcane varieties. This discovery has the potential to give new impetus to the sugar and biomass industry. read...