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Protein Shapes Matter in Alzheimer's Research

Even small changes may have big, long-term consequences. For amyloid beta peptides, a major hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease, a common chemical modification at a particular location on the molecule has a butterfly effect that leads to protein...
19-May-2020 3:10 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Erika Hersch-Green Wins CAREER Award for Biodiversity Research

Erika Hersch-Green is studying how increasing amounts of nitrogen and phosphorus in terrestrial ecosystems lead to decreasing biodiversity, not only among plant species, but in herbivores and pollinators as well.
1-May-2020 10:50 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Cloud Sourcing Electricity Usage

What do energy usage in buildings and traffic congestion have in common? Crowdsourcing.
17-Apr-2020 9:55 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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MTU Engineers Build Mobile Unit to Clean COVID-19 PPE

A refrigerated shipping container. Commercial-grade baking sheets. A modified oven. These are the off-the-shelf parts of a prototype that uses heat to sanitize personal protection equipment (PPE).
9-Apr-2020 9:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

MTU Engineering Team Joins Open-source Ventilator Movement

HardwareX has an open call for papers to build an open-source, 3D-printed ventilator and other COVID-19 medical hardware. They need ideas, printers, medical experts and a synthetic lung.
20-Mar-2020 4:55 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Almost Alien: Antarctic Subglacial Lakes are Cold, Dark and Full of Secrets

More than half of the planet’s fresh water is in Antarctica. While most of it is frozen in the ice sheets, underneath the ice pools and streams of water flow into one another and into the Southern Ocean surrounding the continent. Understanding the...
4-Mar-2020 3:50 PM EST Add to Favorites

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MTU Engineers Zap and Unstick Underwater Smart Glue

Turning adhesion on and off is what makes a glue smart. Inspired by nature, catechols are synthetic compounds that mimic the wet-but-still-sticky proteins found in mussel feet and offer promise for underwater glue, wound dressings, prosthetic...
2-Mar-2020 4:25 PM EST Add to Favorites

How much does black carbon contribute to climate warming?

Black carbon particles — more commonly known as soot — absorb heat in the atmosphere. For years, scientists have known that these particles are having an effect on Earth’s warming climate, but measuring their exact effect has proved elusive.
28-Feb-2020 9:50 AM EST Add to Favorites

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