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Gaming for Alzheimer's Research

France: Neuroscience

Gaming for Alzheimer's Research

Researchers from French and British Universities developed a video game was used to analyze the spatial orientation skills of the players. The results are to hold great potential for the early detection of Alzheimer's disease. read...

Natural Carbon Capturing by Microbes

Costa Rica: Cycle of Carbon

Natural Carbon Capturing by Microbes

Two years ago a team of scientists visited Costa Rica’s subduction zone, where the ocean floor sinks beneath the continent and volcanoes tower above the surface. They wanted to find out if microbes can affect the cycle of carbon moving from Earth’s surface into the deep interior. According to their new study in Nature, the answer is affirmatively - yes they can. read...

Non-Antibiotic Strategy for the Treatment of Bacterial Meningitis

Sweden: Alternative to Antibiotics

Non-Antibiotic Strategy for the Treatment of Bacterial Meningitis

With the increasing threat of antibiotic resistance, there is a growing need for new treatment strategies against life threatening bacterial infections. Researchers at Lund University in Sweden and the University of Copenhagen may have identified such an alternative treatment for bacterial meningitis, a serious infection that can lead to sepsis. read...

Bristol-Myers Squibb Commences Celgene Debt Exchange

Mega-Merger

Bristol-Myers Squibb Commences Celgene Debt Exchange

Bristol-Myers Squibb announced the commencement of the exchange of Celgene's debts, in connection with its previously announced acquisitions. Previously, a majority of the company's shareholders voted to approve the combination at a special meeting of stockholders. read...

Solid Material Instead of Gas Could Make Refrigeration More Eco-Friendly

UK/Spain: Energy Efficiency

Solid Material Instead of Gas Could Make Refrigeration More Eco-Friendly

Researchers from the UK and Spain have identified an eco-friendly solid that could replace the inefficient and polluting gases used in most refrigerators and air conditioners. When put under pressure, plastic crystals of neopentylglycol yield huge cooling effects — enough for them to compete with conventional coolants. In addition, the material is inexpensive, widely available and functions at close to room temperature. read...

New Biochemical Pathway May Aid Development of More Resilient Crops

UK: Plant Sciences

New Biochemical Pathway May Aid Development of More Resilient Crops

Researchers from the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford, have discovered a new biochemical pathway in plants which they have named Chlorad. By manipulating the Chlorad pathway, the scientists can modify how plants respond to their environment. For example, the plant’s ability to tolerate stresses such as high salinity can be improved. read...

Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Chemicals Production

USA: New Method for Synthesizing Epoxides

Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Chemicals Production

MIT chemical engineers have devised an alternative approach to synthesizing epoxides, a type of chemical that is used to manufacture diverse products, including plastics, pharmaceuticals, and textiles. Their new approach, which uses electricity to run the reaction, can be done at room temperature and atmospheric pressure while eliminating carbon dioxide as a byproduct. read...

Researchers See Huge Potential for Kelp Farming in Norway

Norway: Seaweed Farming

Researchers See Huge Potential for Kelp Farming in Norway

By 2050, kelp farming along the Norwegian coast is estimated to cover an area corresponding to half the size of all farmed land in the country. Kelp farming has the potential to be both economically profitable and environmentally sustainable, marine biologist Kasper Hancke says. read...

New Generation of Sensing Platform Detects Toxic Gases

Saudi Arabia: MOF Sensor

New Generation of Sensing Platform Detects Toxic Gases

From astronauts and submariners to miners and rescue workers, people who operate in small enclosed spaces need good air quality to work safely and effectively. Electronic sensors now developed by a Kaust team can simultaneously detect at least three critical parameters that are important to monitor to ensure human comfort and safety. read...

Capturing the Invisible: Astronomers Take First Image of Black Hole

International Collaboration

Capturing the Invisible: Astronomers Take First Image of Black Hole

An international collaboration presented the first observations of a black hole. The stellar phenomenon is located at the heart of distant galaxy Messier 87. To achieve this breakthrough, the scientists used the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) — a planet-scale array of eight ground-based radio telescopes. read...