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Scientists turn pineapple waste into high-value aerogels

A new process uses pineapple leaf fibres to create ultra-light, biodegradable aerogels. They are effective as oil absorbents and for heat and sound insulation. They also have potential applications in food preservation and wastewater treatment.

Oct 14th, 2020

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Making bones is less difficult than was previously thought

The way in which bone formation occurs needs to be redefined. It turns out that bone formation does not require complex biomolecules in collagen at all. This means that the production of bone substitutes and biomaterials is less complicated than was previously thought.

Oct 8th, 2020

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Liquid crystals give red blood cells mechanical squeeze

Researchers have created a way of using synthetic liquid crystals to squeeze red blood cells and gain new insight into individual cells? mechanical properties. The process also illuminates minuscule differences between cells within a large population as each cell reacts to the same strain or force, revealing just how diverse the cells are.

Oct 6th, 2020

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Scientists create functional human retinas in a dish

Scientists have generated accurate replications of human retinas in culture that can be used to pinpoint the specific types of cells affected by genetic eye diseases. The culmination of a six-year effort, this achievement will accelerate progress in developing new therapies.

Sep 21st, 2020

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Engineered bacteria churn out cancer biomarkers

Scientists have commandeered simple, single-celled microorganisms - namely E. coli bacteria - and engineering them to explore the complex process of glycosylation and the functional role that protein-linked glycans play in health and disease.

Sep 16th, 2020

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