Scientists grow human mini-lungs as animal alternative for nanomaterial safety testing

Human mini-lungs grown by University of Manchester scientists mimic the response of animals when exposed to certain nanomaterials. The study at the University's NanoCell Biology Lab at the Centre for Nanotechnology in Medicine is published in the influential journal nanotoday . Though not expected to replace animal models completely, human organoids could soon lead to significant reductions in research animal numbers, the team led by cell biologist and nanotoxicologist Dr Sandra Vranic argues.

Imperial academic wins ¤2.4 European funding to improve solar harvesting tech

Professor Jenny Nelson has won a prestigious European Research Council grant to learn lessons from plants and apply them to solar technologies.

Peptides on Interstellar Ice

Peptides are organic compounds that play a crucial role in many biological processes, for example, as enzymes.

Tracking electrons with attosecond lasers

Physicist Giuseppe Sansone uses ultrashort light pulses to investigate how electrons move in molecules.

Plant sensors could act as an early warning system for farmers

Sensors that detect plant signaling molecules can reveal when crops are experiencing too much light or heat, or attack from insects or microbes.

’Nanostitches’ enable lighter and tougher composite materials

Materials Science - Chemistry

In research that may lead to next-generation airplanes and spacecraft, MIT engineers used carbon nanotubes to prevent cracking in multilayered composites.

Will plastics soon be easier to degrade?

Chemistry - Environment

A research team has developed a new type of polymer, the main component of plastics, which is more easily degradable than conventional materials. Mechanical treatment such as grinding, combined with the use of an alkaline solution, is all that's needed to facilitate chemical recycling and reduce environmental impact

Four MIT faculty named 2023 AAAS Fellows

Physics - Chemistry

Engelward, Oliver, Rothman, and Vuletic are recognized for their efforts to advance science.

Two-dimensional nanomaterial sets record for expert-defying, counter-intuitive expansion

Physics - Chemistry

It is a common hack to stretch a balloon out to make it easier to inflate. When the balloon stretches, the width crosswise shrinks to the size of a string.

AI speeds up drug design for Parkinson’s ten-fold

Health - Chemistry

Researchers have used artificial intelligence techniques to massively accelerate the search for Parkinson's disease treatments.

Magnetism boosts hydrogen production in model catalysts

Researchers at the University of Twente have shown how to improve the efficiency of hydrogen production in an experimental setup. They showed that the magnetic order of the molecules plays a critical role.

’Revealing images that seemed lost forever:’ Western research revives 1800s photos

Physics - Chemistry

Techniques developed by researchers from Western University to create images from old, badly tarnished photographs could also be used to study other h

The energy transition under the nanoscope: Gravitation funding for ANION

Bringing together chemists and physicists to thoroughly investigate how electrochemical processes work on the smallest scale. That is the goal of the new Advanced Nano-electrochemistry Institute of the Netherlands, or ANION for short. The consortium receives a Gravitation funding of 23.6 million euros for this purpose. Professor Petra de Jongh from Utrecht University is one of the co-applicants.

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