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Chemists tap body heat to power ‘smart garments’

MANY wearable biosensors, data transmitters and similar tech advances for personalised health monitoring have now been “creatively miniaturised,” says materials chemist Trisha Andrew at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, but they require a...

Antarctica losing six times more ice mass annually now than 40 years ago

ANTARCTICA experienced a sixfold increase in yearly ice mass loss between 1979 and 2017, according to a study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Glaciologists from the...

MERMAIDs reveal secrets from below the ocean floor

SEISMOLOGISTS use waves generated by earthquakes to scan the interior of our planet, much like doctors image their patients using medical tomography. Earth imaging has helped us track down...

Climate change and infertility

RISING temperatures could make some species sterile and see them succumb to the effects of climate change earlier than currently thought, scientists at the University of Liverpool warn. “There is...

Plastic waste could be turned into clean fuels, other products

THE United Nations estimates that more than 8 million tons of plastics flow into the oceans each year. A new chemical conversion process could transform the world’s polyolefin waste, a...

How long does it take a red blood cell to complete a circuit in...

RED blood cells are scientifically known as erythrocytes. They are generally rich in haemoglobin. The life span of red blood cells is  usually within the range of...

Communicating scientific issues responsibly

A MEDIA workshop on Food Safety: Importance of Science Communication took place in Hanoi in November 2018 to foster an open discussion between media reporters and scientists, through the...

How plants cope with iron deficiency

RESEARCHERS at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU) and the University of Münster (WWU) have discovered a new switch that plants use to control their responses to iron deficiency. The findings...

Engineered DNA vaccine against Mayaro virus

A NOVEL synthetic DNA vaccine developed at The Wistar Institute induces protective immunity against Mayaro virus (MAYV), a mosquito-borne infection endemic to South America, that has the potential to become...

Searca-BIC: Cost of regulatory delays for GM crops increasing

THE first in a series of policy briefs released by the SEARCA Biotechnology Information Center (SEARCA BIC) is based on a study  co-authored by Dr. Jose Benjamin Falck Zepeda,...

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