Although CRISPR-Cas has found many uses in biotechnology and medicine, it originates in nature, where it functions as a microbial immune system. Scientists shed new light on how CRISPR-Cas emerged early during the development of life on Earth, as well as how this immune system is constantly adapting to new challenges.
Research creates hydrogen-producing living droplets, paving way for alternative future energy source
Scientists have built tiny droplet-based microbial factories that produce hydrogen, instead of oxygen, when exposed to daylight in air.
(University of Arkansas) University of Arkansas engineering professor Lauren Greenlee received a $750,000 award from the Department of Energy to investigate the chemical and electronic structure of iron and oxygen atoms. The research will improve battery materials, water electrolysis for hydrogen production, polymer recycling and water treatment.
A common insecticide that is a major hazard for honeybees is now effectively detected in honey thanks to a simple new method.
Looking for the perfect catalyst is not only about finding the right material, but also about its orientation. Depending on the direction in which a crystal is cut and which of its atoms it thus presents to the outside world on its surface, its behavior can change dramatically.
Protocell compartments used as models for an important step in the early evolution of life on Earth can be made from short polymers.
A new approach to treating cancers and other diseases that uses a mechanically interlocked molecule as a ‘magic bullet’ has been designed.
(Swansea University) Scientists at Swansea University are extracting carbon atoms found in waste plastics and turning them into a nanotube format that can be used for the transmission of electricity. They are producing plastic electric cables without the copper wire inside them, which can be used in residential and industrial construction.The Welsh government is investing in the plastics upscaling project, which has the potential to create highly-skilled jobs in Wales.