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5 Feb
Emerging diseases are often selective killers. White nose syndrome (WNS), for example, is caused by a fungal pathogen that kills bats by disrupting hibernation. Introduced to North – [Read More]
5 Feb
Polymoxins are antibiotics that disrupt the bacterial cell membrane and are used to treat multidrug-resistant infections. A bacterial enzyme called ArnT can mediate resistance to polymoxins – [Read More]
5 Feb
Colloidal particles can act as analogs of atoms for studying crystallization and packing behavior, but they don't naturally bond together the way atoms do. Short strands of DNA are – [Read More]
5 Feb
Spintronics is an alternative to conventional electronics, based on using the electron's spin rather than its charge. Spintronic devices, such as magnetic memory, have traditionally – [Read More]
5 Feb
For most of the past 250 years, surprisingly it seems that Europe's managed forests have been a net source of carbon, contributing to climate warming rather than mitigating it. Naudts – [Read More]
5 Feb
Bees are facing several threats that are causing population collapses. Wilfert et al. found that European honey bees are the primary source of deformed wing virus (DWV) (see – [Read More]
5 Feb
In hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), the heart muscle enlarges and becomes progressively less efficient at pumping blood. HCM can be caused by mutations in components of the sarcomere – [Read More]
5 Feb
Most breast cancer cells activate the breakdown of bone to promote metastases. Wang et al. found that the ABL kinases enhanced the ability of breast cancer cells to invade – [Read More]
5 Feb
Rechargeable batteries are found in a range of everyday devices, from shavers and laptops to cars and airplanes. Over time, these batteries can fail, either through a gradual loss of – [Read More]
5 Feb
Stem cells enable normal cell homeostasis, but they also exist in a quiescent state, ready to proliferate and differentiate after tissue damage. Now, two studies reveal features of – [Read More]
5 Feb
In copper oxide superconductors, several types of order compete for supremacy. In addition to superconductivity, researchers have found periodic patterns in charge density (CDW order), – [Read More]
5 Feb
The interior of the Greenland Ice Sheet is growing thicker, in contrast to the thinning that is occurring at its edges. Why? MacGregor et al. conclude that more snow is accumulating – [Read More]
5 Feb
Monoclonal antibodies against the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), which drives tumor growth, are frequently used to treat colorectal cancer. Unfortunately, the cancers commonly – [Read More]
5 Feb
Forest loss affects climate not just because of the impacts it has on the carbon cycle, but also because of how it affects the fluxes of energy and water between the land and the atmosphere. – [Read More]
5 Feb
Mutations in the KRAS oncogene occur at high frequency in several of the most lethal human cancers, including lung and pancreatic cancer. Substantial effort has thus been directed – [Read More]
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