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Graphene, Advanced Manufacturing, Materials, Coatings

Developing Advanced Graphene Materials for Industry

Research and development around new applications and industries based on the advanced material graphene – hailed as the “miracle material of the 21st century” – is the focus of a new Graphene Research Hub being launched at the University of Adelaide today.



Society Of Toxicology, Toxicology, Arsenic, Arsenic Exposure, Public Health

SOT Releases Issue Statement on Low-Level Arsenic Exposure

The Society of Toxicology (SOT) has approved a new Issue Statement on the issues and complexities associated with understanding the health risk from low-level arsenic exposure.



Materials Science, Polymer Physics, Polymers, polymer chains, Nanoscience, University Of Chicago, Institute for Molecular Engineering

Scientists Craft World’s Tiniest Interlinking Chains


For decades, scientists have been trying to make a true molecular chain: a repeated set of tiny rings interlocked together. In a study in Science published online Nov. 30, University of Chicago researchers announced the first confirmed method to craft such a molecular chain.



US Department of Defense, Combat Medicine, Ophthalmology, Eye Injuries, University Of Southern California, USC, Science Translational Medicine , hydrogel research, Chemical Engineering, USC Roski Eye Institute, USC Institute for Biomedical Therapeutics, Keck School Of Medicine Of Usc, USC Viterbi School of Engineering, USC Dornsife College of Letters,

Combating Eye Injuries with a Reversible Superglue Seal


A team of scientists and engineers at USC has developed an on-the-spot, temperature-sensitive gel that could seal eye injuries on the battlefield.




Innovation, Creativity, Entrepreneurship, Teamwork, Firefighter, eye-tracking, Vision, School Safety, Trash, trash can, Storage, moving van, investment capital, Investment, Engineering, Theater, vocal performance, Game Design, Elementary Education, Exercise Science, Sport Management, Pre-Med, Psychology, Chemistry, Biology, International Business

Five Wichita State University Student Teams Win Second Annual Koch Innovation Challenge


Five student teams from Wichita State won the university's second annual Koch Innovation Challenge.



bioelectronic, Food Safety

Bioelectronic ‘Nose’ Can Detect Food Spoilage by Sensing the Smell of Death

Strong odors are an indicator that food has gone bad, but there could soon be a new way to sniff foul smells earlier on. As reported in ACS Nano, researchers have developed a bioelectronic “nose” that can specifically detect a key decay compound at low levels, enabling people to potentially take action before the stink spreads. It can detect rotting food, as well as be used to help find victims of natural disasters or crimes.



Diesel, Pollution

Diesel Vehicles in Oil Sands Operations Contribute to Regional Pollution

Wildfires, cigarette smoking and vehicles all emit a potentially harmful compound called isocyanic acid. The substance has been linked to several health conditions, including heart disease and cataracts. Scientists investigating sources of the compound have now identified off-road diesel vehicles in oil sands production in Alberta, Canada, as a major contributor to regional levels of the pollutant. Their report appears in ACS’ journal Environmental Science & Technology.




‘Stressed Out’ Cocoa Trees Could Produce More Flavorful Chocolate

Most people agree that chocolate tastes great, but is there a way to make it taste even better? Perhaps, according to scientists who looked at different conditions that can put a strain on cocoa trees. Reporting in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, they say that although the agricultural method used to grow cocoa trees doesn’t matter that much, the specific weather conditions do.



Cell Biology, Cell Membrane, Chemical Biology, Biochemistry, lipid bilayer, Lipid Biology, phase separation

Living Cell Membranes Can Self-Sort Their Components by 'Demixing'


Scientists at the University of Washington show for the first time that the complex distribution of molecules within a membrane of a living yeast cell arises through demixing.



Protein, Protein Folding, Simulation, Algorithm, Molecular Dynamics, Emanuel Karl Peter, University of Regensburg, The Journal Of Chemical Physics

Protein-Folding Simulations Sped Up


Proteins are huge molecules whose function depends on how they fold into intricate structures. To understand how these molecules work, researchers use computer modeling to calculate how proteins fold. Now, a new algorithm can accelerate those vital simulations, enabling them to model phenomena that were previously out of reach. The results can eventually help scientists better understand and treat diseases like Alzheimer's. The work is described this week in The Journal of Chemical Physics.

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