Daily Archives: March 12, 2019

Gateway to the moon

Orion is NASA’s next spacecraft to send humans into space. It is designed to send astronauts further into space than ever before, beyond the Moon to asteroids and even Mars. When they return to Earth, the astronauts will enter our atmosphere at speeds over 32 000 km/h but the capsule …

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Speedy ‘slingshot’ cell movement observed for the first time

Credit: CC0 Public Domain By slingshotting themselves forward, human cells can travel more than five times faster than previously documented. University of Michigan researchers observed the movement in bioengineered 3-D scaffolds that model stromal tissue—the connective tissue that surrounds organs. The researchers say this method of cell movement, observed …

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A universal isothermal DNA amplification method

Credit: Wiley Whether revealing a perpetrator with DNA evidence, diagnosing a pathogen, classifying a paleontological discovery, or determining paternity, the duplication of nucleic acids (amplification) is indispensable. In the journal Angewandte Chemie, scientists have now introduced a new, very simple, yet highly sensitive and reliable method that avoids the usual …

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Big data takes aim at a big human problem

Credit: CC0 Public Domain A James Cook University scientist is part of an international team that’s used new ‘big data’ analysis to achieve a major advance in understanding neurological disorders such as Epilepsy, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Ashley Waardenberg, a Theme Leader from JCU’s Centre for Tropical Bioinformatics and Molecular …

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Microfluidic chip could reduce radiotherapy side effects

The microvasculature (blood vessel systems within organs) formed inside the chip. Credit: Joe Vittorio Organ-on-a-chip technology is being used to develop 3-D models that allow researchers in South Australia to investigate the impact of radiotherapy on the body’s tissues. University of South Australia biomedical engineer Professor Benjamin Thierry is leading …

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