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New Research Re-Creates Planets in the Lab

Researchers have re-created conditions of 'super-Earths' in the lab, planets with masses five times that of the Earth. 
Source: Wikimedia Commons

New laser-based compression experiments by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Bayreuth University, and the University of California, Berkeley, have recreated conditions of cores of super-Earths, planets with masses five times that of the Earth. Through a combination of laser-driven shock compression, a technique that uses lasers to send a strong […]

Sharks Sink in Fresh Water

Sharks lose buoyancy in fresh water.
(Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Sharks rank among the most feared predators in the world, but they have a surprising weakness – most cannot tolerate fresh water. Approximately forty percent of bony fish, such as goldfish and trout, live in fresh water. Sharks, on the other hand, belong to a group of cartilaginous fish called […]

Nanoparticle Drug Stops Cancer Proliferation in Mice

Coated nanoparticle vesicle loaded with anti-cancerous drug searches for its target (1).

Dutch researchers have synthesized an anti-metastatic drug that may be delivered in selective, tumor-targeting nanoparticles (1). Most of the time, cancer-related deaths stem from a process known as metastasis, in which mutated cells at a certain origin spread through the vasculature to  other organs.  These cells avoid the immune system, […]

Odame: Wearable Biomedical Devices to Improve Treatment of Chronic Disease

In a seminar held January 9, Kofi Odame of the Thayer School of Engineering discussed his research on wearable biomedical devices and how these devices could move the healthcare industry towards adopting a more preventative, proactive model towards treating chronic diseases. Chronic diseases account for seven out of ten deaths […]

Noise and Competition in Gene Expression

The background images are cells with varying levels of repression of the green fluorescence gene. The foreground features the graph of green fluorescent protein created v. level of repression. 
Source: Division of Biology and Biological Engineering, Caltech

On January 26, Rob Brewster, a postdoctoral scholar from the California Institute of Technology, gave a seminar on his research on modeling gene expression from a biophysics perspective. His research focuses on using physical laws to create models that can predict gene expression. Any model inherently overlooks certain factors, which […]

  • Researchers have re-created conditions of 'super-Earths' in the lab, planets with masses five times that of the Earth. 
Source: Wikimedia Commons
  • Sharks lose buoyancy in fresh water.
(Source: Wikimedia Commons)
  • Coated nanoparticle vesicle loaded with anti-cancerous drug searches for its target (1).
  • The background images are cells with varying levels of repression of the green fluorescence gene. The foreground features the graph of green fluorescent protein created v. level of repression. 
Source: Division of Biology and Biological Engineering, Caltech
  • The Doryteuthis pealeii squid edits up to 60% of its RNA transcript.
(Source: Wikimedia Commons)
  • A ladybug twitches on top of a wasp cocoon as a way to ward off predators. Source: Wikimedia Commons
  • When the capsule reaches its desired location in the gastrointestinal tract, the pH coating dissolves, and the capsule delivers its payload.
Image credit: Christine Daniloff/ MIT, based on images by Carol Schoellhammer and Giovanni Traverso
Researchers have re-created conditions of 'super-Earths' in the lab, planets with masses five times that of the Earth. 
Source: Wikimedia Commons

New Research Re-Creates Planets in the Lab

New laser-based compression experiments by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Bayreuth University, and the University of California, Berkeley, have recreated conditions of cores of super-Earths, planets with masses five times that of the Earth. Through a combination of laser-driven shock compression, a technique that uses lasers to send a strong […]

Sharks lose buoyancy in fresh water.
(Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Sharks Sink in Fresh Water

Sharks rank among the most feared predators in the world, but they have a surprising weakness – most cannot tolerate fresh water. Approximately forty percent of bony fish, such as goldfish and trout, live in fresh water. Sharks, on the other hand, belong to a group of cartilaginous fish called […]

Coated nanoparticle vesicle loaded with anti-cancerous drug searches for its target (1).

Nanoparticle Drug Stops Cancer Proliferation in Mice

Dutch researchers have synthesized an anti-metastatic drug that may be delivered in selective, tumor-targeting nanoparticles (1). Most of the time, cancer-related deaths stem from a process known as metastasis, in which mutated cells at a certain origin spread through the vasculature to  other organs.  These cells avoid the immune system, […]

The background images are cells with varying levels of repression of the green fluorescence gene. The foreground features the graph of green fluorescent protein created v. level of repression. 
Source: Division of Biology and Biological Engineering, Caltech

Noise and Competition in Gene Expression

On January 26, Rob Brewster, a postdoctoral scholar from the California Institute of Technology, gave a seminar on his research on modeling gene expression from a biophysics perspective. His research focuses on using physical laws to create models that can predict gene expression. Any model inherently overlooks certain factors, which […]

The Doryteuthis pealeii squid edits up to 60% of its RNA transcript.
(Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Squids can recode their genetic makeup according to their surroundings

Adaptation, the gradual modification of a specie’s features, is a fundamental part of evolution. There is plenty of evidence to support this slow, ongoing process that modifies the genetic makeup of species. A new study published by Dr. Eli Eisenberg of Tel Aviv University, in collaboration with Dr. Joshua Rosenthal […]

A ladybug twitches on top of a wasp cocoon as a way to ward off predators. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Wasp Virus Turns Ladybugs into Zombie Babysitters

A study conducted in France is beginning to shed light on the mechanisms by which green-eyed wasps can interfere with the neural circuit of the ladybugs they impregnate, ensuring that the ladybugs protect the cocoons of growing wasps (1). The relationship between ladybugs, or “lady beetles” to entomologists, and the […]

When the capsule reaches its desired location in the gastrointestinal tract, the pH coating dissolves, and the capsule delivers its payload.
Image credit: Christine Daniloff/ MIT, based on images by Carol Schoellhammer and Giovanni Traverso

New drug-delivery capsule may replace injections

Time has shown that the use of nanotechnology in the medical field is on an exponential rise. One result of this progress is an innovative and effective drug-delivery system. Researchers at MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital have devised a capsule that uses micro-needles to inject a payload of drugs into […]

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