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Seed-Feeding Flies are Threatening Endangered Orchids

Japan: Attractive Flowers

Seed-Feeding Flies are Threatening Endangered Orchids

A species of seed-feeding fly is critically damaging the seed production of multiple orchid species, a group of Japanese researchers revealed. If the damage caused by this fly is occurring long-term and across Japan, these already-endangered orchid species could become unable to reproduce using seeds, and their dwindling numbers will take a large hit. read...

Research Sheds Light on Cocktail Effect of Omnipresent Chemicals

Germany: Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals

Research Sheds Light on Cocktail Effect of Omnipresent Chemicals

Endocrine disrupting chemicals might be involved in fertility disorders for they impair the function of human sperm. Scientists from Germany and Denmark have now taken another, closer look at the chemical´s action in sperm; in particular, at the so-called cocktail effect. The results: If the chemicals teams up, their individual actions do not simply add up, but amplify each other. read...

Natural Behavior of Cancer Cells Revealed

Japan: New Cell Culture Platform

Natural Behavior of Cancer Cells Revealed

Japanese scientists successfully used a new cell culture platform to observe never-before-seen behaviors of live cancer cells under the microscope, leading to explanations of long-known cancer characteristics. read...

Simplification of Biocatalytic Processes in Industrial Applications

Germany: Biochemical Engineering

Simplification of Biocatalytic Processes in Industrial Applications

A new project at Jacobs University is set to drastically simplify the application and implementation of biocatalytic processes in industrial practice. read...

Non-Toxic and Efficient Films for Solar Cells

Japan: Bismuth Sulfide

Non-Toxic and Efficient Films for Solar Cells

Researchers at Osaka University have developed a two-step process that can produce materials for optoelectronic devices such as solar cells with good morphological properties and excellent photoresistor performance. The films are based on bismuth sulfide which is non-toxic. read...

Textile Bioreactor Converts Waste into Biogas and Bioethanol

Sweden: Circular Economy

Textile Bioreactor Converts Waste into Biogas and Bioethanol

A multi-year collaboration between researchers within Resource Recovery at the University of Borås and a textile manufacturing company has resulted in a new type of reactor made of a textile material. The reactor transforms different kinds of waste into new products, such as biofuel. read...

Fish Migrations Keep the Global Carbon Cycle Running

Saudi Arabia: Marine Biology

Fish Migrations Keep the Global Carbon Cycle Running

The biological carbon pump is a cyclical process by which inorganic carbon from the atmosphere is fixed by marine lifeforms and transported through ocean layers into the deepest waters and ocean sediments. Fish that feed at the surface at night and retreat to the mesopelagic zone by day were thought to influence carbon cycling, but the extent of their contribution has never been explored. read...

Indian Lab Industry Met at Top Event

India: Trade Show

Indian Lab Industry Met at Top Event

With 9,641 visitors and 261 exhibitors, analytica Anacon India, India Lab Expo and Pharma Pro&Pack Expo has reached the best results in its decade-old history. The number of visitors rose by 25 % compared to the previous edition. read...

Enzymes as Power Source for Medical Implants

Germany: Biofuel Cells

Enzymes as Power Source for Medical Implants

Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart, together with an international team of researchers, found a way to boost the energy output of biofuel cells by storing and bundling the energy of many spontaneous enzyme reactions. read...

Taking a Peak at Nanoclusters

UK: Nanoscale Research

Taking a Peak at Nanoclusters

Using the latest developments in microscopy, experts in the Nanoscale and Microscale Research Centre (nmRC) at the University of Nottingham have taken a first peak into the private life of atomic clusters. read...