Gene donors at high risk for cancer received feedback

Researchers at the Estonian Genome Center at the University of Tartu studied how people at high risk for breast, ovarian or prostate cancer responses to the feedback of genetic findings. Gene donors who chose to receive results appreciated being contacted and considered the information provided to be valuable. Authors find that knowing more about people’s […]

The best Lego sets for alien, sci-fi, space fans and more

Attention, Lego fans! If you love aliens and UFOs, or spaceflight and sci-fi, we’ve got the perfect sets for you and your kids. From the cutest (or creepiest?) alien minifigures, to alien spaceships, to Star Wars droids and real NASA spacecraft, this gift guide is bursting with fun … and learning.  Whether you’re looking for […]

New modified wheat could help tackle global food shortage — ScienceDaily

Researchers at the University of York have created a new modified wheat variety that increases grain production by up to 12%. Wheat is one of the most important food crops in the world, providing 20% of human calories; with ever increasing global food demand, increasing crop yield is critically important. Wheat breeders work hard to […]

Genetic research reveals Neanderthals could tolerate smoke, plant toxins

Comparison of Modern Human and Neanderthal skulls from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Credit: DrMikeBaxter/Wikipedia The idea that modern humans displaced Neanderthals because they were better protected against toxins from smoke is now under fire. An earlier study that put forward this suggestion has now been refuted by genetic research by scientists from Leiden […]

Scientists determine the structure of glass-shaping protein in sponges — ScienceDaily

Glass sponges — as the name suggests — have a glass-based skeleton composed of a network of glass needles, hooks, stars, and spheres. To achieve such a unique architecture they have to manipulate the shape of disordered glass to form highly regular and symmetrical elements. Thin crystalline fibers made of a protein, known as silicatein, […]

High achievement cultures may kill students’ interest in math — especially for girls

A new study in Frontiers in Psychology suggests that high national math achievement combined with societal pressures may contribute to how well girls and boys like math. Past research has shown that achievement-driven cultures frequently correlate with less enthusiasm for learning subjects like math. This study of over 500,000 eighth graders from 50 countries is […]

Danish Mayfly named 2021 insect of the year

This undated photo provided by the ‘Senckenberg Institute’ shows a ‘Danish Mayfly’. The Danish Mayfly has been selected by a German entomological society as the Insect of the Year for 2021, but won’t have long to celebrate its 15 minutes of fame. The insect, whose scientific name is Ephemera danica, only has a few days […]

New immunotherapy shows promise against rare childhood cancer

A novel CAR T-cell therapy developed by researchers at UCL and designed to target cancerous tumours, has shown promising early results in children with neuroblastoma, a rare form of childhood cancer. For this proof-of-principle study, researchers at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute for Child Health (GOS ICH) and the UCL Cancer Institute modified the […]

DIO additives contribute to efficiency of polymer solar cells

A schematic of ultrafast interfacial excitons dynamics in the P51:PC71BM blend after photoexcitation. Credit: SIOM Recently, researchers from the Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) have made progress in ultrafast dynamics of polymer solar cells (PSCs) with Soochow University. The research team used femtosecond transient absorption technology […]