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Potential New Strategy for Alzheimer's Treatment

Spain: Neurosciences

Potential New Strategy for Alzheimer's Treatment

Researchers from the Institute of Neurosciences of the University of Barcelona (UBN euro) have identified a potential therapeutic strategy to treat Alzheimer’s. According to the researchers, their results are a step forward in the understanding of the physiology of astrocytes, and they bring the chance to use this type of cells in therapeutic ways to treat Alzheimer’s. read...

Sensor Fish to Provide Better Welfare for Farmed Fish

Norway: Aquaculture Industry

Sensor Fish to Provide Better Welfare for Farmed Fish

After many decades of salmon farming, recent years have seen an increasing interest in studies into fish welfare. In particular, the fish farming sector is looking for better approaches to delousing. Researchers have now developed an electronic “sensor” fish that can be used to measure the external factors that affect fish during processes such as delousing. read...

Hydrogel Makes Liver Cells Feel Comfortable on a Microchip

Sweden: Cell Cultures

Hydrogel Makes Liver Cells Feel Comfortable on a Microchip

Scientists at Linköping University have developed a new method to produce hydrated materials, hydrogels, that have properties similar to the natural environment of cells in the body. The material can be adapted to the various requirements of difficult-to-culture cell types, and to produce organ-like structures on a microchip. read...

Spacecraft Measurements Reveal Mechanism of Solar Wind Heating

UK: Astrophysics

Spacecraft Measurements Reveal Mechanism of Solar Wind Heating

Queen Mary University of London has led a study which describes the first direct measurement of how energy is transferred from the chaotic electromagnetic fields in space to the particles that make up the solar wind, leading to the heating of interplanetary space. read...

Undersea Carbon Reservoirs Could Speed Up Global Warming

USA: Climate Change

Undersea Carbon Reservoirs Could Speed Up Global Warming

The world’s oceans could harbor an unpleasant surprise for global warming, based on new research that shows how naturally occurring carbon gases trapped in reservoirs atop the seafloor escaped to superheat the planet in prehistory. These undersea carbon reservoirs have caused global warming before — and it could happen again, according to research by an international team of scientists led by the University of South Carolina. read...

Study Sheds Light on the Effects of Lactate on Long-Term Memory

Saudi Arabia: Neuroscience

Study Sheds Light on the Effects of Lactate on Long-Term Memory

A genome-wide study examined how lactate regulates long-term memory formation and neuroprotection. Previous studies have shown that lactate stimulates the expression of genes encoding proteins involved in neuronal activity by signaling through N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors. This latest study reveals the extent to which lactate modifies gene expression in cortical neurons and also points to the mechanisms through which lactate modulates brain function. read...

Chromatography Helps Decipher Influence of Weather on Tea Flavor

Flavor Analysis

Chromatography Helps Decipher Influence of Weather on Tea Flavor

Extreme weather with alternating periods of drought and heavy rainfall can negatively affect yield and quality of agricultural crops. Recent research into the impact of climate variations on the quality of tea has shown how dramatic the influence can be. read...

How to Move Electrons with Light

Japan: Quantum Computing

How to Move Electrons with Light

Quantum computers employ a fleet of precisely controlled electrons to take on goliath computational tasks. Recently, researchers at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (Oist) demonstrated how a form of light, called microwaves, cuts in on the movement of electrons. The findings may help improve quantum computing. read...

Project to Explore Use of Solar Energy in a Circular Economy

Germany: Research Initiative

Project to Explore Use of Solar Energy in a Circular Economy

The European research project Sunrise pursues an ambitious scientific-technical approach for the conversion and storage of solar energy as a sustainable alternative to the fossil production of fuels and basic chemicals. Sunrise was selected as one of six Coordination & Support Actions (CSA) in the Horizon 2020 Program and is funded with $ 1.1 million over a period of one year beginning in spring 2019. read...

Chemical Industry Unites for a Brexit Deal

UK: Politics and Trade

Chemical Industry Unites for a Brexit Deal

The European chemical industry is calling both sides of the Brexit negotiations to secure an agreement as the deadline fast approaches. read...