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New microneedle technique speeds plant disease detection

RESEARCHERS have developed a new technique that uses microneedle patches to collect DNA from plant tissues in one minute, rather than the hours needed...

Stress in early life, depression later

NEW research by the University of Bristol has found that early life adversity could make an individual more at risk of developing negative thinking,...

Robot therapists need rules

THE use of Artificial Intelligence in psychotherapy is not new as such. Back in the 1960s, the first chatbots created the illusion of a...

WHAT EFFECTS DOES CLIMATE CHANGE HAVE ON THE GENETIC DIVERSITY…?

Universitätsmedizin Berlin, an international team of researchers studied the genome of the alpine marmot, an ice-age remnant that now lives in large numbers in...

Did Leonardo da Vinci have ADHD?

LEONARDO da Vinci produced some of the world’s most iconic art, but historical accounts show that he struggled to complete his works. 500 years...

Alzheimer’s stickier culprits

IN a new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers from the University of Colorado Denver and Binghamton University are...

Study suggests overdiagnosis of schizophrenia

IN a small study of patients referred to the Johns Hopkins Early Psychosis Intervention Clinic (EPIC), Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers report that about half...

Want to quit smoking?

KICKING the habit works best in pairs. That’s the main message of a study presented at EuroPrevent 2019. Quitting smoking can be a lonely...

Treating addiction with shrub

SCIENTISTS used a compound found in a shrub native to Africa to reveal the three major shapes of the serotonin transporter, a protein in...

Would you eat GM food if you understood the science behind...

JONATHAN MCPHETRES, a newly minted PhD in psychology from the University of Rochester, admits he’s “personally amazed” what we can do with genes, specifically...

Superweed resists another class of herbicides

IN a new study from the University of Illinois, scientists document waterhemp’s resistance to yet another class of herbicides, known as Group 15s. The...

Health effects from waste incinerators

RESEARCHERS from Imperial College London have found no link between exposure to emissions from municipal waste incinerators (MWIs) and infant deaths or reduced foetal...

Family farmers contribute to Zero Hunger, healthier diets

ROME: Family farmers, who are on the frontline of global efforts to fight undernourishment and other forms of malnutrition and to promote healthy eating,...

Turning fish waste into bioplastics

WHILE most of us know that fish contains a high protein content, it is however difficult to imagine that protein in fish waste could...

Arsenic-breathing life discovered

ARSENIC is a deadly poison for most living things, but new research shows that microorganisms are breathing arsenic in a large area of the...

Pasta-shaped bacteria found in Mars

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS at Urbana-Champaign researchers are one step closer to understanding how life could potentially survive on Mars. The researcher team found that...

Synthetic biologists hack bacterial sensors

RICE University synthetic biologists have hacked bacterial sensing with a plug-and-play system that could be used to mix-and-match tens of thousands of sensory inputs...

Clean and effective electronic waste recycling

AS the number of electronics devices increases around the world, finding effective methods of recycling electronic waste (e-waste) is a growing concern. About 50...

Hopping bacteria

CURRENT biological models assume that many bacteria spread in a run-and-tumble pattern of diffusion, based on behavior in liquid laboratory cultures. But new research...

Plastic gets a do-over

A TEAM of researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has designed a recyclable plastic that, like...

Extreme heat, and maybe a virus wiped out Cambodian bats

A MASS mortality event involving two bat species, the wrinkle-lipped free-tailed bat (Chaerephon plicatus) and Theobold’s bat (Taphozous theobaldi) occurred during a heat wave...

MICROCYSTIN TOXINS REMOVAL FROM WATER…

Scientists at The University of Toledo have discovered that rice husks can effectively remove microcystin from water, a finding that could have far-reaching implications...

How old are your organs?

SCIENTISTS once thought that neurons, or possibly heart cells, were the oldest cells in the body. Now, Salk Institute researchers have discovered that the...

Scientists identifies molecular aging ‘midlife crisis’

JUST as a computer requires code to work, our bodies are regulated by molecular “programmes” that are written early in life and then have...

Creating human pigment cells precursors

SCIENTISTS have used stem cell technology to successfully create melanocyte precursor cells. These cells can be used in research on melanoma and other pigment...

SURPRISING ENZYME…

A new study led by researchers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and Swansea University Medical School furthers our knowledge of viruses -- in...

Growing small intestines

BABIES born prematurely often face intense medical challenges, including intestines that are underdeveloped or diseased. While an intestine transplant can benefit some patients, many...

Long-acting contraceptive

A NEW long-acting contraceptive designed to be self-administered by women may provide a new family planning option, particularly in developing nations where access to...

Why do leaves change color in the fall?

During the summer, leaves serve as site to produce food necessary for the growth of the tree. This food-making process occurs in numerous cells...

Genes that could help create more resilient chickens

AN international team of scientists, led by Penn State researchers, have identified genes that may help farmers, especially ones in low- and middle-income countries,...

Tiny fishes fuel coral reefs

SCIENTIST have long sought to understand how coral reefs support such an abundance of fish life despite their location in nutrient poor waters. According...

EGG SUCKING SEA SLUG…

Feet from the raw bars and sherbet-colored condominiums of Florida’s Cedar Key, researchers discovered a new species of egg-sucking sea slug, a rare outlier...

A big toast to wine science!

COMMUNICATING science to a wider audience is increasingly important and the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) has risen to the challenge by developing a...

Parents, children engage in science awareness carnival

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‘Sound’ words predict psychosis

A MACHINE-LEARNING method discovered a hidden clue in people’s language predictive of the later emergence of psychosis -- the frequent use of words associated...

Dye-sensitised solar cells

RESEARCHERS at the Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences at Kyoto University have made a popular type of dye-sensitized solar cell more efficient by adjusting...

How tides can trigger earthquakes

Years ago, scientists realised that earthquakes are linked with the tides. But nobody could figure out why there’s an uptick in tremors during low...

The evolution of puppy dog eyes

NEW research comparing the anatomy and behavior of dogs and wolves suggests dogs’ facial anatomy has changed over thousands of years specifically to allow...

The invention of universal computer memory

A NEW type of computer memory which could solve the digital technology energy crisis has been invented and patented by scientists from Lancaster University...

Who invented pipette?

A pipette is a laboratory tool commonly used in chemistry, biology and medicine to transfer a measured volume of liquid. During the early days,...

How do messenger pigeons know where to deliver messages?

Before the telegraph, pigeons were  used  to  carry  messages. The pigeons are called homing pigeons. These pigeons are particularly good at remembering where they...

Why do identical twins have different fingerprints?

Identical twins share the same genetic makeup (DNA) because they are formed from a single zygote (fertilised egg). However, fingerprints are not an entirely...

EQUALLY BAD…

Contrary to popular belief, consuming red meat and white meat such as poultry, have equal effects on blood cholesterol levels, according to a study...

Transgenic fungus rapidly killed malaria mosquitoes in West African study

ACCORDING to the World Health Organisation, malaria affects hundreds of millions of people around the world, killing more than 400,000 annually. Decades of insecticide...

KYE WINS NATIONAL YOUTH AWARD…

Dr Siti Khayriyyah Mohd Hanafiah once again made Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) proud when she was conferred the National Youth Award 2018 (special category)...

UTM- Amongst premier Digital Tech Institutions

CYBERJAYA: Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) continues to be selected to be amongst the Premier Digital Tech Institutions. The Premier Digital Tech Institutions initiative was...

USM signs MoU with Shiraz University of Technology

UNIVERSITI Sains Malaysia (USM) and Shiraz University of Technology have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish and develop academic and research collaborations...

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