Bioenergetics: New features of ATP synthase

The mitochondrial ATP synthase is energy-converting macromolecular machine that uses the electrochemical potential across the bioenergetic membrane called cristae. This potential is maintained via a membrane curvature that is induced by ATP synthase assembled in dimers. The dimers shaping the bioenergetic membrane were thought to be universal across the eukaryotic organisms. Two newly published cryo-EM […]

Fishing alters fish behaviour and features in exploited ecosystems

IMAGE: Labrus bergylta spotted morphotyp view more  Credit: Olga Reñones Not all specimens of the same species are the same: there is a marked variability within the same population and sometimes these morphological differences are translated into a different behaviour. A study by the UB shows that fishing alters resource distribution and therefore, the behaviour of […]

December issue SLAS Technology features ‘advances in technology to address COVID-19’

Oak Brook, IL – The December issue of SLAS Technology is a special collection featuring the cover article, “Advances in Technology to Address COVID-19” by editors Edward Kai-Hua Chow, Ph.D., (National University of Singapore), Pak Kin Wong, Ph.D., (The Pennsylvania State University, PA, USA) and Xianting Ding, Ph.D., (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China). The […]

Identification of the SARS-CoV-2 virus features causing COVID-19 using primate model

IMAGE: Macaques were exposed to a high titre of SARS-CoV-2 via combined transmission routes. In their pulmonary lesions, acute interstitial pneumonia with endotheliitis (mononuclear and PMN leukocytes infiltrates within the intima… view more  Credit: Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology (KRIBB) Features of the SARS-CoV-2 virus causing COVID-19, which could be useful for developing vaccines […]

DJI’s Mini 2 drone adds pro-grade features and a $50 price hike

When folded up, DJI’s Mini 2 has a similar footprint to a flagship smartphone. (DJI /) Last year, DJI announced the $399 Mavic Mini drone. It offered impressive specs considering its relatively affordable price tag. This year, the DJI Mini 2 boasts some relevant upgrades, despite raising the price to just $449. Importantly, the Mini […]

A blue-green glow adds to platypuses’ long list of bizarre features

Between the electricity-sensing bill, venomous heel spurs and egg laying, the platypus was already one of the strangest mammals alive today (SN: 5/8/08). Now, researchers have found that this Australian oddity has another unexpected feature: It fluoresces under ultraviolet light. Platypuses’ dense, waterproof fur absorbs ultraviolet light and emits a blue-green glow, mammologist Paula Spaeth […]