This is a cross-section of mouse skin tumor. Credit: King’s College London Eczema caused by defects in the skin could reduce the risk of developing skin cancer, according to new research by King’s College London. The immune response triggered by eczema could help prevent tumour formation by shedding potentially cancerous cells from the skin. There

You share more than just your living space with your partner. Credit: © Wesley / Fotolia Couples who live together share many things: Bedrooms, bathrooms, food, and even bacteria. After analyzing skin microbiomes from cohabitating couples, microbial ecologists at the University of Waterloo, in Canada, found that people who live together significantly influence the microbial

This image shows a patient with an eczema-like skin rash behind the knees as a result of primary immunodeficiency. Credit: The National Institutes of Health Our skin plays host to millions of beneficial and potentially disease-causing microorganisms; however, whether our immune system influences these microbial communities to prevent disease is unknown. In a study published

The development of eye freckles correlated with increasing age, lifetime number of sunburns and a history of severe sunburns resulting in blisters, report researchers. Credit: © Africa Studio / Fotolia In a study well-timed for summer, vision scientists have found that eye freckles, dark spots on the colored part of the eye (iris), are more

Participants in the PES program receiving their payments for conserving trees. Credit: Photo courtesy of Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust A new Northwestern University study suggests that paying people to conserve their trees could be a highly cost-effective way to reduce deforestation and carbon emissions and should be a key part of the global

Phthalates are a group of chemicals widely used in common consumer products, such as food packaging and wrappings as seen in this photograph. (Stock image) Credit: © segenvitaly / Fotolia Chemicals found in everyday plastics materials are linked to cardiovascular disease, type-2 diabetes and high blood pressure in men, according to Australian researchers. Researchers from

Lithium ions migrate through the electrolyte (yellow) into the layer of crystalline silicon (c-Si). During the charging cycle, a 20-nm layer (red) develops on the silicon electrode adsorbing extreme quantities of lithium atoms. Credit: HZB The team was able to show through neutron measurements made at the Institut Laue-Langevin in Grenoble, France, that lithium ions

A theory developed at Rice University determined that a graphene/boron compound would excel as an ultrathin anode for lithium-ion batteries. The compound would store far more energy than graphite electrodes used in current batteries. Credit: Vasilii Artyukhov/Rice University Frustration led to revelation when Rice University scientists determined how graphene might be made useful for high-capacity

Lithium metal coats the hybrid graphene and carbon nanotube anode in a battery created at Rice University. The lithium metal coats the three-dimensional structure of the anode and avoids forming dendrites. Credit: Tour Group/Rice University Rice University scientists have created a rechargeable lithium metal battery with three times the capacity of commercial lithium-ion batteries by

Working principle of a molecular pulley binder. Credit: KAIST Silicon anodes are receiving a great deal of attention from the battery community. They can deliver 3~5-times higher capacities compared with those using current graphite anodes in lithium ion batteries. A higher capacity means longer battery use per charge, which is particularly critical in extending the

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