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  • Researchers engineer a tougher fiber
    Researchers have developed a fiber that combines the elasticity of rubber with the strength of a metal, resulting in a tougher material that could be incorporated into soft robotics, packaging materials or next-generation textiles.... Read more »
  • Predicting the monsoon a year ahead
    With average precipitation of 35 inches per four-month season over an area encompassing most of the Indian subcontinent, the South Asia summer monsoon is intense, only partly understood, and notoriously difficult to predict. Until now.... Read more »
  • Captured carbon dioxide converts into oxalic acid to process rare earth elements
    Removing carbon dioxide from power plant emissions is a good idea to start with -- and it may have an extra economic benefit. Engineers are presenting results on turning carbon dioxide into oxalic acid, which is used to process rare earth elements for electronic devices.... Read more »
  • A quantum magnet with a topological twist
    Researchers probed a special kind of magnet containing atoms arranged in a pattern called a kagome lattice, which takes its name from a Japanese basket. They found that electrons in this material exhibit exotic behaviors that could be exploited for futuristic applications -- and that under a high magnetic field... Read more »
  • Scientists unravel genetic basis of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
    One third of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy cases in Finland are caused by one of the four major mutations, a new study shows. Overall, 40 percent of patients carried a specific or a likely mutation causing the disease, and 20 percent were carriers of a rare gene mutation whose role in the... Read more »
  • Study links Celebrex, heart valve calcification after earlier research declared drug safe
    (Vanderbilt University) On National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day, Vanderbilt study disputes that Celebrex has no more impact on valves than older drugs in its class.... Read more »
  • New dynamic dependency framework may lead to better neural social and tech systems models
    (Bar-Ilan University) In a paper published recently in Nature Physics, researchers present a dynamic dependency framework that can capture interdependent and competitive interactions between dynamic systems which are used to study synchronization and spreading processes in multilayer networks with interacting layers. "This dynamic dependency framework provides a powerful... Read more »
  • Stopping inflammation from becoming chronic
    (Friedrich-Schiller-Universitaet Jena) An international research team led by Friedrich Schiller University in Jena has developed a highly sensitive cell model to study the complex effects -- and side effects -- of anti-inflammatory drugs, with the ultimate aim of preventing chronic inflammation.... Read more »
  • Treatment to a T? Taking a 'BiTE' out of lung cancer
    (Osaka University) An Osaka University-led research team assayed T cell cytotoxicity in tumor tissue in lung cancer, along with normal lung tissue and peripheral blood. They found associations of tumor T-cell cytotoxicity with smoking and cytokine levels. They also revealed that T-cell cytotoxicity in peripheral blood correlated with that in... Read more »
  • Scientists sharpen their molecular scissors and expand the gene editing toolbox
    (Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center) Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine scientists have figured out a better way to deliver a DNA editing tool to shorten the presence of the editor proteins in the cells in what they describe as a 'hit and run' approach.... Read more »