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Phys.org / Sneaking up on tiny crystals with electron diffraction

Understanding the structure of proteins, the building blocks of life, is essential to obtain insight into their biological function. Due to their minute size and extreme fragility, these structures are enormously difficult ...

8 hours ago in Chemistry
Phys.org / Shaping the rings of molecules

Macrocycles are molecules made of large rings of atoms. Despite being relatively big and flexible, the molecules don't always stay "floppy"—they can actually lock themselves into specific shapes and geometries.

9 hours ago in Chemistry
Phys.org / Tools used to study human disease reveal coral disease risk factors

In a study published in Scientific Reports, a team of international researchers led by University of Hawai'i (UH) at Mānoa postdoctoral fellow Jamie Caldwell used a statistical technique typically employed in human epidemiology ...

9 hours ago in Biology
Phys.org / Archaeologists discover lost city that may have conquered the kingdom of Midas

Archaeologists from the Oriental Institute have discovered a lost ancient kingdom dating to 1400 B.C. to 600 B.C., which may have defeated Phrygia, the kingdom ruled by King Midas, in battle.

11 hours ago in Other Sciences
Phys.org / Genetic study uncovers clues to explain how killifish stop aging during diapause

A team of researchers at Stanford University working with others from the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and The University of British Columbia has uncovered some clues regarding ...

10 hours ago in Biology
Phys.org / Fossils help identify a lone 'bright spot' in a similar state to coral reefs before human impact

Researchers at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) discovered a massive, 7,000-year-old fossilized coral reef near the institute's Bocas del Toro Research Station in Panama. Spanning about 50 hectares, it rewards ...

10 hours ago in Other Sciences
Phys.org / Seafloor images reveal the secret lives of sponges

You might think that deep-sea sponges would be about as active as the one sitting in your kitchen sink. But when it comes to motion at the bottom of the ocean, there is more than meets the eye. Time-lapse photography taken ...

10 hours ago in Biology
Phys.org / Black phosphorous tunnel field-effect transistor as an ultra-low power switch

Researchers have reported a black phosphorus transistor that can be used as an alternative ultra-low power switch. A research team led by Professor Sungjae Cho in the KAIST Department of Physics developed a thickness-controlled ...

10 hours ago in Nanotechnology
Phys.org / We must prioritize the protection of ecosystems

Prioritising and tracking the protection of countries' ecosystems—from wetlands to reefs, forests and more—is critical to protecting Earth's biodiversity.

11 hours ago in Biology
Phys.org / Aerosol optical tweezers advance understanding of airborne particles

Two studies led by faculty in Carnegie Mellon University's Center for Atmospheric Particle Studies show how aerosol optical tweezing can allow scientists to scrutinize the components of the atmosphere with new precision.

11 hours ago in Chemistry
Phys.org / Newly found bacteria fights climate change, soil pollutants

Cornell researchers have found a new species of soil bacteria—which they named in memory of the Cornell professor who first discovered it—that is particularly adept at breaking down organic matter, including the cancer-causing ...

16 hours ago in Biology
Phys.org / Smaller animals faced surprisingly long odds in ancient oceans

A new fossil study from Stanford University shows extinction was unexpectedly common among smaller sea creatures in the deep past.

12 hours ago in Biology