New drug molecules hold promise for treating rare inherited terminal childhood disease

Scientists at the University of Exeter have identified a way to “rescue” cells that have genetically mutated, paving the way to a possible new treatment for rare terminal childhood illness such as mitochondrial disease. The research, funded by the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation in the USA, was led by Professors Matt Whiteman and Tim Etheridge. […]

Cell atlas of tropical disease parasite may hold key to new treatments

The first cell atlas of an important life stage of Schistosoma mansoni, a parasitic worm that poses a risk to hundreds of millions of people each year, has been developed by researchers at the Wellcome Sanger Institute and their collaborators. The study, published today (18 December 2020) in Nature Communications, identified 13 distinct cell types […]

How a very ‘sociable’ protein can hold clues about Alzheimer’s origin

Using the ESRF cryo-electron microscope and Small Angle X-ray Scattering at the ESRF’s beamline BM29, the researchers managed to decipher the role of ECSIT in mitochondrial activity. Credit: ESRF/Stef Candé An international team of scientists led by the ESRF, the European Synchrotron, have found how the ECSIT protein dictates the behavior of proteins linked to […]

Hayabusa2’s asteroid dirt may hold clues to the early solar system

For the first time, scientists are about to get their (carefully gloved) hands on asteroid dirt so old it may contain clues to how our solar system formed and how water got to Earth. A capsule containing two smidgens of dirt from asteroid Ryugu arrived in Japan on December 7, where researchers will finally get […]

Moon May Hold Billions of Tons of Subterranean Ice at Its Poles

New research indicates that if even a moderate amount of the water delivered by asteroids to the Moon was sequestered, the lunar poles would contain gigaton deposits (1 billion metric tons) of ice in sheltered craters and beneath its surface. By modeling over 4 billion years of the Moon’s impact history, researchers were […]

New 3D moon models show it might hold up to 15,000 miles of frozen water

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Material found in paint may hold the key to a technological revolution

The waste chips of paint you strip off the walls might not be so useless afterall. Image credit: Sandia National Laboratories For the next generation of computer processors, one persistent challenge for researchers is finding novel ways to make non-volatile memory on an ever-smaller scale. As smaller processors inevitably lead toward a finite limit on […]

Nazi wreck may hold looted treasures from Russian palace’s ‘Amber Room’

The wreck of a German steamship sunk at the end of World War II has been found by divers, — and the crates on board the submerged vessel could hold a prize treasure: the precious furnishings of the lost 18th century Amber Room, which German soldiers looted from a Russian royal palace. The shipwreck was […]