New research at Brown University and in Japan suggests bacteria could be a rich source of terpenes, the natural compounds common in plants and fungi that are used to make drugs, food additives, perfumes, and other products.
Strong neighborhood ties can help reduce gun violence: The bonds that tie a neighborhood together can help shield community members from gun violence, according to new findings. "Violence results in chronic community-level trauma and stress, and undermines health, capacity, and productivity in these neighborhoods," said the study's lead author. "Police and government response to the problem has focused on the victim or the criminal. Our study focuses on ... http://bit.ly/1wYiRgw
"Mechanics of cells' long-range communication modeled by researchers" Interdisciplinary research is showing how cells interact over long distances within fibrous tissue, like that associated with many diseases of the liver, lungs and other organs. By developing mathematical models of how the collagen matrix that connects cells in tissue stiffens, the researchers are providing insights into the pathology of fibrosis, cirrhosis of the liver and certain cancers. http://bit.ly/1zdD8jY
"Dirty pool: Soil's large carbon stores could be freed by increased CO2, plant growth" An increase in human-made carbon dioxide in the atmosphere could initiate a chain reaction between plants and microorganisms that would unsettle one of the largest carbon reservoirs on the planet -- soil. Researchers developed the first computer model to show at a global scale the complex interaction between carbon, plants and soil. http://bit.ly/1vD59LO
A new printer algorithm claims to provide super-efficient printing of Christmas trees with zero material waste, and also promises a way to produce accurate molds for casting chocolate Santas and reindeer too.
Bioinformatic Methods I from University of Toronto. Large-scale biology projects such as the sequencing of the human genome and gene expression surveys using RNA-seq, microarrays and other technologies have created a wealth of data for .
Ethers—simple organic molecules in which an oxygen atom bridges two carbon atoms—are the chemical building blocks of commonplace products including many solvents, propellants, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.