Daily Archives: July 5, 2019

don’t mess with these tiny fairy wasps

The smallest kinds of fairy wasp lay their eggs inside the eggs of barklice, who are also extremely tiny. Katja Schulz/Flickr, CC BY Have you ever seen a fairy? They exist, and may very well be in your garden. But you would need a high-powered microscope to spot the dainty …

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Insects inspire greener, cheaper membranes for desalination

The membrane’s pores entrap air upon immersion in water, separating the liquids on either side and allowing the transport of only pure water vapour from the hot to the cold side. Credit: Ivan Gromicho A new membrane made from water-wet materials has specially designed gas-entrapping pores that allow it to …

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a drone on Titan in 2034

Elizabeth “Zibi” Turtle, head of the Dragonfly mission to explore Titan, in her laboratory in Laurel, Maryland Elizabeth Tuttle was overjoyed when, on June 26, she received a call from NASA: her project to send a drone copter to Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, was given the green light and a …

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Modern drug design for functional studies

Model of the bitter receptor TAS2R14 with one of its activators (ligands), the flufenamic acid. Credit: Antonella Di Pizio/Leibniz-LSB@TUM Antonella Di Pizio and Maik Behrens of the Leibniz-Institute for Food Systems Biology at the Technical University of Munich, together with their cooperation partners, have developed highly effective activators for the …

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We subscribe to movies and music, why not transport?

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Many mainstays in our lives—phones, personal music libraries and movies—began as pay-as-you-go services. But subscription services are starting to rule, from iTunes shifting to Apple Music, and “all-you-can-watch” subscriptions to the Netflix catalogue. It should be no surprise subscription services have been growing fast, with an …

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Chemists develop nanoscale bioabsorbable wound dressing

A Texas A&M University-led team successfully encapsulated highly entangled chitosan nanofibers within a sugar-based hydrogel template scaffold that, when applied to liver injury sites in animals, dissolves in as little as seven days, eliminating the need for subsequent physical removal and any chance of re-injury in the process. Credit: Texas …

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