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Pancreas Cells Can Change Identity to Produce Insulin

Norway: Diabetes Research

Pancreas Cells Can Change Identity to Produce Insulin

Norwegian researchers have found that neighbour-cells can take over functions of damaged or missing insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. The discovery may lead to new treatments for diabetes. read...

Akzo Nobel Announces its

The Netherlands: Paints and Coatings

Akzo Nobel Announces its "Paint the Future" Startup Challenge

Calling all startups, scale-ups, entrepreneurs and innovators, Akzo Nobel started the first edition of its "Paint the Future - the startup challenge" to discover new and revolutionary solutions that are intended accelerate innovation in the world of paints and coatings. read...

New Catalysis Concept Obtains Polyester from Castor Oil

Germany: Green Chemistry

New Catalysis Concept Obtains Polyester from Castor Oil

Researchers at the University of Konstanz presented a new way of obtaining polyester from fats and oils, more specifically, from castor oil. A well-known and chemically established building block that can be obtained from castor oil is Undecenol. read...

How Bionic Prostheses Use Peripheral Nerve Transfers to Function

Austria: Recovery of Limb Function

How Bionic Prostheses Use Peripheral Nerve Transfers to Function

Modern prostheses offer patients who have had a hand amputated much greater capability in everyday life than was possible with previous prosthetic reconstructive techniques. Redundant nerves from the amputated extremity can be surgically transferred to provide a much better connection between the patient’s body and the prosthesis. read...

Loss in Genetic Diversity of Eastern Gorillas Has Occurred in Just a Few Generations

Sweden: Genetic Diversity

Loss in Genetic Diversity of Eastern Gorillas Has Occurred in Just a Few Generations

The critically endangered Grauer’s gorilla has recently lost genetic diversity and has experienced an increase in harmful mutations. These conclusions were reached by an international team of researchers who sequenced eleven genomes from eastern gorilla specimens collected up to 100 years ago, and compared these with genomes from present-day individuals. read...

Covestro and TU Berlin to Focus on Sustainable Chemistry Solutions

Germany: Green Solutions

Covestro and TU Berlin to Focus on Sustainable Chemistry Solutions

Both the organisations are further enhancing their collaboration by focussing on green solutions for chemistry as well as Industrial Engineering. Together, they have already organised a raw materials summit which showcased alternative, non-fossil raw materials for chemistry. read...

Why our Sense of Smell Declines in Old Age

Age-Related Decline in Neurogenesis

Why our Sense of Smell Declines in Old Age

As mammals age, their sense of smell deteriorates. In a study published in the journal ‘Cell Reports’, an interdisciplinary research team at Helmholtz Zentrum München and the University Medical Centre Mainz investigated why this is the case. read...

There Was No Pause in Global Warming

Germany: Climate Change

There Was No Pause in Global Warming

In a recent study, researchers shed light on the debate about a pause in global warming. James S. Risbey from CSIRO in Australia, lead author of one of the new studies said that their findings showed that there is little or no statistical evidence for a pause in global warming. Neither current nor historical data support it. read...

Nanostructured Tubes Could Make Water Electrolysis More Efficient and Flexible

Hydrogen Production

Nanostructured Tubes Could Make Water Electrolysis More Efficient and Flexible

Working together with external partners, chemists, materials scientists and chemical engineers at FAU have developed an innovative microcell for water electrolysis. They hope to replace standard plate electrodes used to split water into oxygen and hydrogen with compact, nanostructured tubes. They aim to simplify production, increase flexibility of use and avoid the need for expensive precious metals. read...

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...