Volta Labs: Improving workflows for genetic applications

October 14, 2021 MIT 0

The cost of DNA sequencing has plummeted at a rate faster than Moore’s Law, opening large markets in the sequencing space. Genomics for cancer care alone is predicted to hit $23 billion by 2025, but sample preparation costs for sequencing have stagnated, causing a significant bottleneck in the space. Conventional Read More


Can we use urine to power batteries?

October 14, 2021 University of Adelaide 0

Could we ever use urine to power batteries? An international team of chemists have come a step closer with a new catalyst for urea reactions. Electrici-wee? Getting energy from wastewater  “Urea is globally abundant in wastewater and can be used to power fuel cells as an alternative to conventional technology, Read More


Can we extract ancient DNA from dinosaurs?

October 14, 2021 University of Adelaide 0

Delve into the science behind ancient DNA – what exactly is it, and how easy is it to extract from remains? From million-year-old dinosaur remains to ‘resurrecting’ mammoths, stories in the news about ancient DNA make it seem as though Jurassic Park is just around the corner. But ancient DNA Read More


Cellular environments shape molecular architecture

October 13, 2021 MIT 0

Context matters. It’s true for many facets of life, including the tiny molecular machines that perform vital functions inside our cells. Scientists often purify cellular components, such as proteins or organelles, in order to examine them individually. However, a new study published today in the journal Nature suggests that this Read More


How does Vitamin D improve piglet performance?

October 13, 2021 University of Adelaide 0

Investigate whether pre-partum hCG will elevate sow blood oestrogen that, with additional supply of calcium chloride, will have downstream effects on farrowing duration, neonatal piglet viability, and preweaning growth and survival. Older sows suffer a disproportional rate of stillbirths, possibly due to inadequate uterine muscle tone. Parturition requires elevated oestradiol Read More


Pollen home delivery sweet for honey bees

October 8, 2021 University of Adelaide 0

A honey bee visits a potted polliniser plant on the back of a slow moving vehicle. Scientists are exploring the use of mobile polliniser units to improve cross-pollination in netted apple orchards in a new trial being delivered through Hort Innovation in partnership with the University of Adelaide.  Over the Read More


Seven from MIT receive National Institutes of Health awards for 2021

October 6, 2021 MIT 0

On Oct. 5, the National Institutes of Health announced the names of 106 scientists who have been awarded grants through the High-Risk, High-Reward Research program to advance highly innovative biomedical and behavioral research. Seven of the recipients are MIT faculty members. The High-Risk, High-Reward Research program catalyzes scientific discovery by Read More


Buying bats on eBay? Your health could be at risk

October 6, 2021 University of Adelaide 0

In a preliminary study, published in Frontiers in Veterinary Science, researchers at the University of Adelaide identified over a 15-day period (May 2020), more than 4,400 bat specimens for sale on eBay listings across 24 countries, including Australia, Canada, Italy, Switzerland, United Kingdom and US. Items on offer were mostly Read More


School of Engineering third quarter 2021 awards

October 4, 2021 MIT 0

Faculty members recognized for excellence via a diverse array of honors, grants, and prizes. School of Engineering Publication Date: October 4, 2021 Caption: Eighteen members of the MIT engineering faculty received awards in recognition of their scholarship, service, and overall excellence in the past calendar quarter. Credits: Photo: Lillie Paquette/School Read More