A known antibiotic and antifungal compound produced by a soil microbe can inhibit another species of microbe from forming biofilms – -microbial mats that frequently are medically harmful — without killing that microbe. These findings may apply to other microbial species, and can herald a plethora of scientific and societal benefits, researchers say. —> Read More
As the demand for instant, constant communication grows, so too does the urgency for more convenient portable devices — especially computer displays that can be easily rolled up and stored or transported. A new study suggests that a novel DNA-peptide structure can be used to produce thin, transparent, and flexible screens. The research harnesses bionanotechnology to emit a full range of colors in a single pliable pixel layer. —> Read More
It is widely accepted that, in humans, music confers numerous benefits. An extensive body of research indicates that these benefits extend even to patients under general anesthesia, and include reduced perceived pain, anxiety and stress. —> Read More
Workplace wellness programs can be effective in helping people lose weight by providing healthier food choices and increasing opportunities for physical activity, particularly if these efforts are designed with the input and active participation of employees, a new study confirms. The two-year project successfully reduced the number or people considered overweight or obese by almost 9 percent. —> Read More
Stars form when gravity pulls together material within giant clouds of gas and dust. But gravity isn’t the only force at work. Both turbulence and magnetic fields battle gravity, either by stirring things up or by channeling and restricting gas flows, respectively. New research focusing on magnetic fields shows that they influence star formation on a variety of scales, from hundreds of light-years down to a fraction of a light-year. —> Read More
Stars form when gravity pulls together material within giant clouds of gas and dust. But gravity isn’t the only force at work.
Astronomers using the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) on the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have captured a stunning new image of the spiral galaxy NGC 3021. NGC 3021, also known as UGC 5280 or SDSS J095057.14+333313.0, is approximately 100 million light-years away in the direction of the constellation Leo Minor. Among many other types of [...] —> Read More
A team of scientists has a new explanation for the planet Mercury’s dark, barely reflective surface.
The world’s largest study of brain structure and socioeconomic status shows parental wealth affects the size of s a child’s brain – and their intelligence
The mystery of Mercury’s dark surface can be explained by a steady dusting of carbon from passing comets, research suggests. —> Read More