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Foldable Drone Can Fly Through Narrow Holes

Switzerland: Rescue Missions

Foldable Drone Can Fly Through Narrow Holes

A research team from the University of Zurich has developed a new drone that can retract its propeller arms in flight and make itself small to fit through narrow gaps and holes. This is particularly useful when searching for victims of natural disasters. read...

Axol Bioscience Developed New Stem Cell Type for Treatment of Neurodegenerative Diseases

UK: iPSC-Derived Microglia

Axol Bioscience Developed New Stem Cell Type for Treatment of Neurodegenerative Diseases

Axol Bioscience is launching a new line of Human induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSC)-derived Microglia for the consistent and reproducible study of neuroglia and their involvement in neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. read...

Asahi Kasei Launches Forward Osmosis Membrane System for High-Level Concentration of Liquids

Japan: Forward Osmosis

Asahi Kasei Launches Forward Osmosis Membrane System for High-Level Concentration of Liquids

Asahi Kasei has developed an original forward osmosis (FO) membrane system for the high-level concentration of liquids by dehydration without heating or pressurization. The company is currently fabricating small and medium-sized equipment to be loaned to food and pharmaceutical manufacturers for introduction on a trial basis, with commercialization targeted in 2020. read...

Joint Efforts for Development of Microbiome-Based Diagnostics

France: Cross-Company Cooperation

Joint Efforts for Development of Microbiome-Based Diagnostics

Bioaster announced the initiation of a collaborative program with Bio-Rad Laboratories and Genetic Analysis aimed at evaluating microbial dysbiosis signatures in the field of metabolic disorders. read...

180 Million Year Old Ichthyosaur Fossil Reveals Whale-Like Blubber Under the Skin

Sweden: Paleontology

180 Million Year Old Ichthyosaur Fossil Reveals Whale-Like Blubber Under the Skin

Scientists of Lund University, Sweden, led the international collaboration that resulted in the most comprehensive and in-depth examination of a soft-tissue fossil ever undertaken. Among other things, the study reveals that the soft parts have fossilised so quickly that both the original cells and their internal contents are preserved. read...

Fluidic Analytics Set to Unlock Biology Behind Major Diseases

UK: Lab Tools

Fluidic Analytics Set to Unlock Biology Behind Major Diseases

Fluidic Analytics has raised $ 31 million to continue developing its transformational products for characterising proteins and their behaviour. The proceeds of the financing will be used to continue the commercial roll-out of the company’s lab-tools pipeline and to develop further high-value clinical applications of its technology. read...

Inactivating Genes Can Boost Genetic Diversity of Crops

France: Agricultural Research

Inactivating Genes Can Boost Genetic Diversity of Crops

Researchers from Cirad and Inra recently showed that inactivating a gene leads to a three-fold increase in recombination in crops such as rice, pea and tomato. The gene RECQ4 inhibits the exchange of genetic material via recombination (crossover) during the sexual reproduction process in crops. This discover, could speed up plant breeding and development of varieties better suited to specific environmental conditions such as disease resistance, adaptation to climate change. read...

Nestlé Inaugurates Global R&D Center in New Jersey

USA: 70 Million Dollar Investment

Nestlé Inaugurates Global R&D Center in New Jersey

Nestlé Health Science celebrated the inauguration of its new Product Technology Center with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the facility in Bridgewater, USA. The event marks the completion of a three-year, $ 70 million investment to establish a global research and development hub. read...

Night Owls More Likely to Suffer from Heart Diseases and Type 2 Diabetes

UK: Analysis of Chronotypes

Night Owls More Likely to Suffer from Heart Diseases and Type 2 Diabetes

In the first ever international review of studies analysing whether being an early riser or a night owl can influence your health, researchers have uncovered a growing body of evidence indicating an increased risk of ill health in people with an evening preference as they have more erratic eating patterns and consume more unhealthy foods. read...

Spotlight on the Integrated Laboratory

Germany: Labvolution 2019

Spotlight on the Integrated Laboratory

The upcoming Labvolution (21 to 23 May 2019 in Hannover, Germany) will be launching a number of new formats for users and interested visitors from the laboratory industry. Highlights include the enhanced smart lab, which develops a vision of the intelligent laboratory for the future. read...