Monthly Archives: July 2015

How to look for a few good catalysts

New research shows non-wetting surfaces promote chemical reaction rates. CAMBRIDGE, Mass–Two key physical phenomena take place at the surfaces of materials: catalysis and wetting. A catalyst enhances the rate of…

Ethics of research not so black and white

HOUSTON – (July 30, 2015) – With federally funded research under growing scrutiny from the public, researchers face more pressure than ever to defend their work and make ethical decisions regarding…

IAI Introduces an Innovative Robotic Shipping Container Storage & Handling System

The System Reduce Storage Area in Ports by 50% and Increase Speed of Unloading Containers July 29, 2015– Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is introducing the Robotic Container Management & Storage…

Single gene regulates Casparian strip formation

Researchers at the University of Tokyo and Aberdeen University have identified the master switch for formation of the Casparian strip, a special structure in the root that plays an important…

How to make chromosomes from DNA

Restoration of DNA structure shown to be prerequisite Researchers at the University of Tokyo have discovered a long-overlooked process important for converting a long, string-like DNA molecule into a chromosome….

Mechanism of an enzyme for biofuel production

A University of Tokyo research group has revealed for the first time the three-dimensional structure and mechanism of action of a key enzyme of bio-fuel production, cellobionic acid phosphorylase (CBAP)….

Acetic acid as a proton shuttle in gold chemistry

Scientists in Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow have studied the mechanism of gold-mediated transformation of acetylenic molecules. A recently published study by Ananikov and co-workers gives a vivid example of…

Study: Firms “underinvest” in long-term cancer research

Tweaks to the R&D pipeline could create new drugs and greater social benefit. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Pharmaceutical firms “underinvest” in long-term research to develop new cancer-fighting drugs due to the greater…

New Flat-field Diffraction Grating

New diffraction grating improves efficiency and range in the soft x-ray and extreme ultraviolet The new grating extends the efficient range of the McPherson Model 251MX for more sensitive spectral…

First applications from Sentinel-2A

From agricultural monitoring to charting changing lands, early images from Europe’s new Sentinel-2A satellite show how the ‘colour vision’ mission’s critical observations can be used to keep us and our…

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