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E. Coli: The Ideal Transport Vehicle for Next-Gen Vaccines?

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Researchers have developed an E. coli-based transport capsule designed to help next-generation vaccines do a more efficient and effective job than today’s immunizations. The research, described in a study published July 1 in the journal Science Advances, highlights the capsule’s success fighting pneumococcal disease, an infection that can result in pneumonia, sepsis, ear infections and meningitis.

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New Biomaterial Developed for Injectable Neuronal Control

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Ideally, injectable or implantable medical devices should not only be small and electrically functional, they should be soft, like the body tissues with which they interact. Scientists from two UChicago labs set out to see if they could design a material with all three of those properties.

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Stimulate Bacteria to Stop Chromium in Groundwater

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Scientists at Miami University and DOE’s Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory found that adding a specific nutrient stimulates the bacteria to transform nearby iron that, in turn, reduces the chromium to a much less mobile material.

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Heat-Loving Microbe Engineered to Produce Bioalcohols for Fuel

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The U.S. bioethanol industry depends largely on turning a certain sugar into the simple two-carbon alcohol, the biofuel ethanol. Researchers engineered a heat-loving microbe to produce not only ethanol, but also a range of other alcohols.

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Reporter Needed to Cover New 'Fast Pitch' Service from Newswise

Newswise Fast Pitch is the first service to invite reporters and communications people to meet via video conference and pitch story ideas. Reporters are highly satisfied with the results.

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A Protein Coat Helps Chromosomes Keep Their Distance

Researchers at IMBA – Institute of Molecular Biotechnology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences have identified a protein that disperses chromosomes during cell division, as Nature reports.

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Modeling of the Universe with Einstein; Learning About the Future From the Distant Past; Particle Zoo in a Quantum Computer and More in the Physics News Source Sponsored by AIP

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Novel Controller Allows Video Gamer Who Lacks Hands to Compete with His Feet

Engineering graduate students, one of whom lost his hands to meningitis, design and build a foot-activated video game controller.

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Johns Hopkins Students Design Ebola Protection Suit Improvements

Johns Hopkins University engineering students working to develop a better suit to protect health care workers in Ebola outbreaks have developed prototypes for a more comfortable hood and face mask that make breathing easier, and for a battery-powered system that curbs humidity in the suit.

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Get a clue: Biochemist studies fruit fly to understand Parkinson's disease, muscle wasting

By studying the fruit fly, Kansas State University researchers have found a connection between a gene called clueless and genes that cause Parkinson's disease.

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Scientists Glimpse Why Life Can’t Happen Without Water

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Scientists are getting closer to directly observing how and why water is essential to life as we know it.

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Bacteria Hairs Make Excellent Electrical Wires

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Scientists found that the electronic arrangement and the small molecular separation distances give bacterial pili an electrical conductivity comparable to that of copper, valuable insights for those interested in eventually constructing non-toxic, nanoscale sources of electricity.

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Research Examines Obstacles to Making Biofuel From Perennial Plants

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A University of Arkansas chemistry professor has received a $400,000 award from the National Science Foundation to investigate a roadblock in the harvesting of biomass from perennial plants for the purpose of creating a source of renewable energy.

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Predicting Disease Outbreaks Using Environmental Changes

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A model that predicts outbreaks of zoonotic diseases -- those originating in livestock or wildlife such as Ebola and Zika -- based on changes in climate, population growth and land use has been developed by a UCL-led team of researchers.

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Challenges of Custom-Engineering Living Tissue, Marriage Could Improve Heart Attack Survival, Bleeding Hearts Predict Future Heart Failure, and More in the Cardiovascular Health News Source

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Tufts Microbiologist Cecilia A. Silva-Valenzuela, Ph.D., Named Pew Latin American Fellow

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Tufts University microbiologist Cecilia A. Silva-Valenzuela, Ph.D., has been named one of ten Latin American Fellows in the Biomedical Sciences by The Pew Charitable Trusts. Working in Andy Camilli’s lab, she is studying the use of phages to help stop the spread of cholera.

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Increased Bioenergy Demand to Put Pressure on Forests

A new study shows that increased demand for biomass for energy in Europe, through intensified use of existing forests, could lead to loss of biodiversity and high competition for wood between sectors, and proposes policies to help preserve biodiversity while also limiting greenhouse gas emissions.

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Switched-on Salmonella: Fluid Forces Guide Disease Traits of Multidrug-Resistant Bacteria

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Once inside the human body, infectious microbes like Salmonella face a fluid situation. They live in a watery world, surrounded by liquid continually flowing over and abrading their cell surfaces--a property known as fluid shear.

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Chemistry Lessons From Bacteria May Improve Biofuel Production

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A new UW-Madison analysis of a group of bacteria called Streptomyces reveals the way some strains of the microbe developed advanced abilities to tear up cellulose, and points out more efficient ways we might mimic those abilities to make fuel from otherwise unusable plant material.

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New Cheap Method of Surveying Landscapes Can Capture Environmental Change

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Cheap cameras on drones can be used to measure environmental change which affects billions of people around the world, new research from the University of Exeter shows.