Daily Archives: March 7, 2019

‘Undruggable’ Parkinson’s molecule spills its secrets

Immunohistochemistry for alpha-synuclein showing positive staining (brown) of an intraneural Lewy-body in the Substantia nigra in Parkinson’s disease. Credit: Wikipedia UC San Francisco researchers have for the first time developed a strategy for targeting a key molecule implicated in Parkinson’s disease, opening up a potential new treatment strategy for the …

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Discovering bonus science with NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale Spacecraft

Illustration of Magnetospheric Multiscale mission spacecraft. Credit: NASA The four Magnetospheric Multiscale spacecraft are flying out of their element. The spacecraft have just completed a short detour from their routine science—looking at processes within Earth’s magnetic environment—and instead ventured outside it, studying something they were not originally designed for. For …

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Geochemists answer fundamental question of mineral reactions

Argonne researchers used coherent X-ray diffraction imaging to look at the strain inside an iron nanoparticle as it oxidized. This image shows the nanoparticle gradually oxidizing. Credit: Argonne National Laboratory For geoscientists, looking at how minerals react in different conditions can provide a great deal of information about the characteristics …

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Hubble and Gaia accurately weigh the Milky Way

This artist’s impression shows a computer generated model of the Milky Way and the accurate positions of the globular clusters used in this study surrounding it. Credit: ESA/Hubble, NASA, L. Calçada In a striking example of multi-mission astronomy, measurements from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and the ESA Gaia mission …

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Design treatment of advanced metals producing better sculpting

A team from Purdue University discovered that the application of surface-active chemical agents enables metal cutting to be significantly improved with reduced forces and better surface quality. Credit: Srinivasan Chandrasekar/Purdue University Most people may not realize it but they encounter products made with exotic or advanced metals every day. The …

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Automated disease detection in maize

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Maize is perhaps the single, most-important cereal crop in the world. It is consumed by millions of people and is a staple for a large proportion of the global population. It is also used for animal feed and its total production far outstrips rice and wheat. …

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