Human Protein Dissolves Bacterial Membranes
Human Protein Dissolves Bacterial Membranes
Abby Olena | Jul 15, 2021
The protein, apolipoprotein L3, destroys invading microbes by acting as a detergent in the cytosol.
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AI Controls Laser-Guided Robot Worms
AI Controls Laser-Guided Robot Worms
Ruth Williams | Jul 8, 2021
Automated control of light-responsive nematode worms marks the first foray into the development of multicellular, biorobotic organisms.
Researchers Create Pathogen-Sensing Face Mask
Researchers Create Pathogen-Sensing Face Mask
Annie Melchor | Jul 5, 2021
The masks contain freeze-dried, cell-free biosensors, enabling them to detect pathogens including SARS-CoV-2.
Scientists Go Down the Cicada Hole
Scientists Go Down the Cicada Hole
Lisa Winter | Jun 24, 2021
Brood X’s emergence tunnels—numbering in the hundreds per square meter of soil—give researchers a special opportunity to study how such extreme soil aeration affects the ecosystem.
New Study Fuels Debate About Source of Birds’ Magnetic Sense
New Study Fuels Debate About Source of Birds’ Magnetic Sense
Catherine Offord | Jun 23, 2021
A detailed analysis of cryptochrome 4 shows that the protein is highly sensitive to magnetic fields in vitro, but some researchers dispute the authors’ assertion that the findings could help explain avian magnetoreception.
Threads Embedded in Pads and Tampons Can Diagnose Yeast Infection
Threads Embedded in Pads and Tampons Can Diagnose Yeast Infection
Emma Yasinski | Jun 15, 2021
The material turns bright pink when it comes in contact with an enzyme produced by the fungus Candida albicans.
Enter Our 2021 Top 10 Innovations Contest
Enter Our 2021 Top 10 Innovations Contest
The Scientist Staff | Jun 10, 2021
Submit your new product now to have a chance at being selected for a coveted spot in The Scientist’s 2021 competition.
Oxygen Levels Dropping in US and European Lakes: Study
Oxygen Levels Dropping in US and European Lakes: Study
Lisa Winter | Jun 7, 2021
Researchers find a widespread decline in dissolved oxygen levels in lakes, which is known to reshape ecosystems.
Book Club Discussion of Brandon Taylor&rsquo;s <em>Real Life</em>
Book Club Discussion of Brandon Taylor’s Real Life
The Scientist Social Club | May 28, 2021
The Scientist Social Club talked with the author.
Stress-Response Compound Widespread in Animals Is Found in Plants
Stress-Response Compound Widespread in Animals Is Found in Plants
Shawna Williams | May 22, 2021
TMAO appears to both stabilize other plant proteins and influence the expression of stress-response genes, researchers report.
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Labs Worldwide Still Struggling Amid Broken Supply Chains
Labs Worldwide Still Struggling Amid Broken Supply Chains
Katarina Zimmer | May 21, 2021
Countries outside the US and Europe that are already used to long wait times for laboratory supplies are facing greater research disruptions than ever during the pandemic.
Newly Discovered Glycosylated RNA Is All Over Cells: Study
Newly Discovered Glycosylated RNA Is All Over Cells: Study
Christie Wilcox | May 18, 2021
Prior to a 2019 preprint, “glycoRNAs” weren’t known to exist. Now, the researchers who found them say they’re on lots of cells and may play a role in immune signaling.
Coronavirus Mutations Could Muddle COVID-19 PCR Tests
Coronavirus Mutations Could Muddle COVID-19 PCR Tests
Jack J. Lee | May 17, 2021
Researchers find that SARS-CoV-2 variants can evade primer-probe sets and recommend that diagnostic assays include multiple targets for reliability.
Blood Biomarkers Predict the Onset of Labor: Study
Blood Biomarkers Predict the Onset of Labor: Study
Abby Olena | May 6, 2021
Researchers integrated information from 45 protein, metabolite, and immune data points to identify a window two to four weeks before a pregnant person will go into labor.