Horseshoe crabs are critical to the biotech industry

The Atlantic Horseshoe crab is a 500-million-year-old species with ten eyes, six tails, and one body full of blue blood. Even though it sounds like this creature was pulled straight out of a science fiction novel, the horseshoe crab plays an integral role in the modern biomedical industry. Horseshoe crab blood gets its striking blue […]

Study resolves long-running controversy over critical step in gene silencing

Credit: CC0 Public Domain A long-running debate over how an important gene-silencing protein identifies its targets has been resolved by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). Their findings, reported in Nature Structural and Molecular Biology, also explain certain mysteries about the behavior of this protein, known as Polycomb repressive complex 2 (PRC2). PRC2 helps regulate […]

Scientists look to meteorites for inspiration to achieve critical element-free magnet

The Critical Materials Institute has developed a low-cost, high performance permanent magnet by drawing inspiration from an out-of-this-world source: iron-nickel alloys in meteorites. Credit: U.S. Department of Energy Ames Laboratory The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Critical Materials Institute has developed a low-cost, high performance permanent magnet by drawing inspiration from an out-of-this-world source: iron-nickel […]

New strategies suggested for critical heart care in the ICU

Embargoed until 4 a.m. CT / 5 a.m. ET Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020 DALLAS, Oct. 29, 2020 — Patients in cardiac intensive care units (CICUs) could benefit from the CICU health care team using a daily checklist to prevent infections and other common complications, according to a new American Heart Association Scientific Statement, “Prevention of […]

Einstein’s theory of relativity, critical for GPS, seen in distant stars

The intriguing system known as 4U 1916-053 contains two stars in a remarkably close orbit. One is the core of a star that has had its outer layers stripped away, leaving a star that is much denser than the Sun. The other is a neutron star, an even denser object created when a massive star […]

Classic optical illusion leads to the discovery of critical neurons in zebrafish.

IMAGE: Isolating a key element in the motion processing using MAE. By inducing an optical illusion in zebrafish larvae, scientists have identified a key cluster of cells in the brain that… view more  Credit: © Fumi Kubo at National Institute of Genetics (NIG) By exposing larval zebrafish to a well-known optical illusion, researchers at the Max […]

Linking Critical Zone Water Storage and Ecosystems

Consider a seasonally dry landscape in a hilly or mountainous region where little or no rain or snow falls for months at a time. How is it that months into the dry period, forests can remain green and productive and streams can keep flowing? The answer must be that earlier precipitation remains available, […]