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Phys.org / Scientists sequence the world's largest pangenome to help unlock genetic mysteries behind finer silk

BGI Genomics, in collaboration with Southwest University, the State Key Laboratory of Silkworm Genome Biology, and other partners, has constructed a high-resolution pangenome dataset representing almost the entire genomic ...

Sep 30, 2022 in Biology
Phys.org / Study reports first evidence of social relationships between chimpanzees and gorillas

A long-term study led by primatologist Crickette Sanz at Washington University in St. Louis reveals the first evidence of lasting social relationships between chimpanzees and gorillas in the wild.

Sep 30, 2022 in Biology
Phys.org / Drawing data at the nanometer scale

A method to draw data in an area smaller than 10 nanometers has been proposed in a recent study published in Physical Review Letters

Sep 30, 2022 in Nanotechnology
Phys.org / Metastable states of floating crystals

A research team led by the GRASP—Group of Research and Applications in Statistical Physics—at the University of Liège (Belgium), demonstrates how to manipulate the mesh, shape and symmetry of floating crystals by wandering, ...

Sep 30, 2022 in Nanotechnology
Phys.org / Disease outcomes differ by new host species in virus spillover experiments

Why has the SARS-CoV-2 virus ravaged the global human population, but many other animal viruses haven't? Using nematode worms as a model, researchers at Penn State conducted a set of experiments to investigate the factors ...

Sep 30, 2022 in Biology
Phys.org / Researchers reveal new strategy to prevent blood clots without increasing the risk of bleeding

A nanoparticle therapy developed by investigators at University Hospitals (UH) and Case Western Reserve University targets overactive neutrophils, a specific kind of white blood cell, to prevent almost all types of blood ...

Sep 30, 2022 in Nanotechnology
Phys.org / Keeping cool: A common refrigerant shows promise for metal recycling

It's not uncommon in the scientific world for a process to have many unique applications. For example, Idaho National Laboratory researchers have taken a water treatment technology and adapted it for another environmentally ...

Sep 30, 2022 in Chemistry
Phys.org / The surprising Swiss-army-knife-like functions of a powerful enzyme

Blue-green algae (AKA cyanobacteria) have a superpower which likely helps them be highly successful as invaders of waterways. They have an extraordinary ability to store energy and nitrogen in their cells for times of need. ...

Sep 30, 2022 in Chemistry
Phys.org / 'Love hormone' is revealed to have heart healing properties

The neurohormone oxytocin is well-known for promoting social bonds and generating pleasurable feelings, for example from art, exercise, or sex. But the hormone has many other functions, such as the regulation of lactation ...

Sep 30, 2022 in Biology
Phys.org / Exploring the plasma loading mechanism of radio jets launched from black holes

Galaxies, including our Milky Way, host supermassive black holes in their centers, and their masses are millions to billions of times larger than the sun. Some supermassive black holes launch fast-moving plasma outflows which ...

Sep 30, 2022 in Astronomy & Space
Phys.org / Single-cell tools give insight into active antibiotic resistome in soils

Soil antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is posing increasing health risks due to possible transmission to humans through direct contact and through the food chain. However, soil AMR studies have relied mostly on environmental ...

Sep 30, 2022 in Biology
Phys.org / For the longest time: Quantum computing engineers set new standard in silicon chip performance

Two milliseconds—or two thousandths of a second—is an extraordinarily long time in the world of quantum computing. On these timescales the blink of an eye—at one 10th of a second—is like an eternity.

Sep 30, 2022 in Physics