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Snapdragons

Genes Responsible for Difference in Flower Color of Snapdragons Identified

Snapdragons are charming tall plants, and flower in a range of bright colors. In Spain, where snapdragons grow wild, these flower colors show a...
Metamolds

Metamolds: Molding a Mold

The method of fabricating objects via silicone molding has a long tradition. Until now, however, creating molds for casting complex objects required a lot...
3D-Printed Nanostructures

Color Effects from Transparent 3D-Printed Nanostructures

Most of the objects we see are colored by pigments, but using pigments has disadvantages: such colors can fade, industrial pigments are often toxic,...
Root Development

New Process in Root Development Discovered

As the plant root grows, a root cap protects its fragile tip. Every few hours, the old cap is lost and a new one...
plants

Plant Mothers Talk to Their Embryos via the Hormone Auxin

While pregnancy in humans and seed development in plants look very different, parallels exist – not least that the embryo develops in close connection...
global warming

Transforming Our Lives Can Limit Global Warming to 1.5c Without New...

The new study, published today in Nature Energy, is the first to show how the 1.5oC global warming target can be reached without increasing our...
Quantum Oscillations

Explanation for Puzzling Quantum Oscillations Has Been Found

Recently, researchers from Harvard and MIT succeeded in trapping a record 53 atoms and individually controlling their quantum state, realizing what is called a...
immune cell

Cells Change Tension to Make Tissue Barriers Easier to Get Through

Fly cells squeeze through tissue barriers in the body better when these barriers are made less stiff. This is the result of a study...
quantum devices

Interference as a New Method for Cooling Quantum Devices

Quantum computer parts are sensitive and need to be cooled to very low temperatures. Their tiny size makes them particularly susceptible to a temperature...
sensory systems

Unifying the Theories of Neural Information Encoding

Digital video cameras have the capability to record in incredible detail, but saving all that data would take up a huge amount of space:...
optical tweezer

Hot Bodies Are Attractive

Our physical attraction to hot bodies is real, according to UC Berkeley physicists. To be clear, they’re not talking about sexual attraction to a “hot”...
magnetic monopoles

New Manifestation of Magnetic Monopoles Discovered

Significant effort has gone into engineering the long-sought magnetic monopoles. Now scientists have found them in an unexpected place, and revealed that they have...
bacteria

Virtual Reality for Bacteria

Scientists at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) have managed to control the behavior of individual bacteria by connecting them to...
protein

Researchers at IST Austria Define Function of an Enigmatic Synaptic Protein

Communication is often mired in contradiction – also in the brain. Neuroscientists at IST Austria were now able to resolve one such contradiction. In our...
quantum computer

Essential Quantum Computer Component Downsized by Two Orders of Magnitude

Researchers at IST Austria have built compact photon directional devices. Their micrometer-scale, nonmagnetic devices route microwave photons and can shield qubits from harmful noise. Qubits,...
Pharmaceutical

Replacing Injections with Pills

At first glance, Irene Pereira de Sousa comes across as modest and respectful. The 29-year-old researcher at ETH’s Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences speaks calmly...
renewables

Using Elastomer Films To Generate Electricity

Water is still the most important source of renewable energy in Bavaria, Germany, accounting for some 33 percent of all renewable energy produced in...
Urinary Tract Infection

Ecosystem Approach Makes Urinary Tract Infection More Treatable

The biological term ‘ecosystem’ is not usually associated with urinary tract infections, but this should change according to Wageningen scientists. Many people suffer from urinary...
Smartphone

New Technology Could Revolutionise Smartphone Use

An innovative technology, created by researchers at the University of St Andrews, can allow your smartphone to carry out a range of tasks just...
dementia

The Role of Immune Cells in Childhood Dementia

Dementia is commonly thought of as a disease of advanced age. But around 50,000 children worldwide suffer from a form of childhood dementia, called...