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Month: November 2020

Sugar-coated viral proteins hijack and hitch a ride out of cells

Many viruses – including coronaviruses — have protective outer layer made of proteins, fats and sugars. New research shows targeting sugar production has potential for broad-spectrum antiviral drugs.

Higher-resolution imaging of living, moving cells using plasmonic metasurfaces

Researchers have demonstrated that placing cells on a plasmonic metasurface of self-assembled gold nanoparticle can improve the resolution of images of living cells taken in real-time under a widefield fluorescence microscope. The metasurface effectively confines light emission from parts of the cell near the metasurface to a nano-thickness plane, providing a simple method to improving both axial and lateral resolution.

Gone With The Wind: Power Shortages Are Becoming The New Normal

If it wasn’t miserable enough being told that I have to spend the next month at home, now I have ‘Pete’ from Octopus Energy emailing me and asking if I would mind terribly turning off a few appliances between 4.30…

Trust in Science Has Actually Shot Up Around the World as a Result of Pandemic, Says New Poll

Back in 2018, 3M began publishing public attitudes towards science around the world. Prior to the pandemic, a general drop in trust towards science and scientists was showing in 3M’s figures. Then COVID-19 hit the world, and everything changed: In their latest polling, the multinational company 3M has found the downwards trend dramatically reversed—with trust in science […]

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Climate change and food demand could shrink species’ habitats by almost a quarter by 2100

Mammals, birds and amphibians worldwide have lost on average 18% of their natural habitat range as a result of changes in land use and climate change, a new study has found. In a worst-case scenario this loss could increase to 23% over the next 80 years.

Green prescriptions could undermine the benefits of spending time in nature

Spending time in nature is believed to benefit people’s mental health. However, new research suggests that giving people with existing mental health conditions formal ‘green prescriptions’, may undermine some of the benefits.