Artistic rendering of RNA-DNA interactions. A 3-D structure of tightly coiled DNA is depicted as the body of a dragon in Chinese myth. Interacting RNAs are depicted as hairs, whiskers and claws, which are essential for the dragon to function. Credit: Victor O. Leshyk Bioengineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a

Hydrogenation forms a mixture of lithium amide and hydride (light blue) as an outer shell around a lithium nitride particle (dark blue) nanoconfined in carbon. Nanoconfinement suppresses all other intermediate phases to prevent interface formation, which has the effect of dramatically improving the hydrogen storage performance. Credit: Sandia National Laboratories Sometimes, you have to go

Gem quality diamond from Letlhakane, containing multiple orange garnets.Credit: M. Gress, VU Amsterdam A study of tiny mineral ‘inclusions’ within diamonds from Botswana has shown that diamond crystals can take billions of years to grow. One diamond was found to contain silicate material that formed 2.3 billion years ago in its interior and a 250

An in-depth computational analysis of genetic variants implicated in both schizophrenia and rheumatoid arthritis by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh points to eight genes that may explain why susceptibility to one of the disorders could place individuals at lower risk for the other, according to the results of a study published today in the

A photonic crystal chip is illuminated with violet laser light that is patterned by a spatial light modulator. The patterned laser light effectively cancels atomic-scale disorder. Credit: Utrecht University Nanophotonic circuits, tiny chips which filter and steer light, suffer from small random variations which degrade the transmission of light. Researchers have now found a way

The EHDs present in the cell are in an inhibited state (top left). Once the proteins bind to the membrane, they change to an active state and build chains that can deform the membrane and stabilize tubular deformations, as shown on top. Credit: Arthur Alves de Melo, MDC The EHDs present in the cell are

This visual abstract depicts the findings of McCoy et al., who show genome-wide interrogation of the functional differences between modern human and Neanderthal alleles reveals that Neanderthal-inherited sequences are not silent remnants of ancient interbreeding but have a measurable impact on gene expression that may contribute to phenotypic variation in modern humans. Credit: McCoy et

Severe gum disease, known as periodontitis, may be an early sign of type 2 diabetes, a new study says. Image source: Flickr/Practical Cures Severe gum disease, known as periodontitis, may be an early sign of type 2 diabetes, reveals research published in the online journal BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care. Screening patients visiting their

Alberto Salleo, associate professor of materials science and engineering, with graduate student Scott Keene characterizing the electrochemical properties of an artificial synapse for neural network computing. They are part of a team that has created the new device. Credit: L.A. Cicero For all the improvements in computer technology over the years, we still struggle to

The app records a cyclist’s trip and uses the data of the movement and speed to track traffic congestion. Credit: Cornell Tech/Provided Traffic jams are a huge problem for many large U.S. cities. Mismanaged transit in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and New York City each year leads to billion-dollar losses, as well as hundreds of

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