New blood filtering system claims to use magnetic nanoparticles to remove pathogens

Researchers designed a new blood filtration system that uses magnetic nanoparticles to remove pathogens and cancer cells from the blood. Called MediSieve, the system works by connecting a patient to the same machine used for hemodialysis. As blood passes through the machine, magnetic particles selectively bind to harmful molecules present in the blood. The researchers are currently testing the technology on malaria, … Continue reading New blood filtering system claims to use magnetic nanoparticles to remove pathogens

Inspired by spiders and fire ants, researchers develop a new unsinkable metal

Researchers from the University of Rochester have developed an extremely buoyant metal that can be used to make unsinkable ships. The researchers have drawn inspiration from fire ants and diving bell spiders, which have the remarkable ability to remain afloat or survive underwater for long periods of time. These creepy-crawlies are able to do this by trapping air in an … Continue reading Inspired by spiders and fire ants, researchers develop a new unsinkable metal

Newly discovered “swirlonic state” of matter bends the laws of physics

Researchers have discovered a new kind of active matter that bends the laws of physics. Dubbed “swirlon,” the new matter behaves similarly to how fishes swim in schools and birds fly in murmurations. The laws of physics apply to passive, nonliving matter, ranging from planets all the way down to the smallest atoms. But according to Nikolai Brilliantov, a mathematician … Continue reading Newly discovered “swirlonic state” of matter bends the laws of physics

Researchers develop incredible new material from silver tungstate that has antifungal and antitumor properties

An international team of researchers has developed a new material from silver tungstate that can eliminate fungi and protect against cancer. In a study published in the journal Science Advances, the researchers exposed silver tungstate to radiation and found that doing so increased the material’s antifungal and anticancer properties. Irradiated silver tungstate is anti-fungal, anti-cancer Silver tungstate is an inorganic compound that … Continue reading Researchers develop incredible new material from silver tungstate that has antifungal and antitumor properties

Researchers look to nanopores for new water treatment methods

For a while now, scientists have been looking into the use of nanomaterials as a way to clean water. The idea is that nanofilters made from these materials would be able to remove even the smallest impurities and contaminants in water. In a recent study published in The Journal of Physical Chemistry, a team led by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute … Continue reading Researchers look to nanopores for new water treatment methods

Child care and COVID-19: Study reveals child care centers don’t drive COVID-19 infections

Child care centers that stayed open during the first three months of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. did not contribute to the spread of the disease, according to researchers from Yale University in Connecticut. In particular, the team found no evidence of child care being a contributor to COVID-19 transmission between children and adult providers. When the … Continue reading Child care and COVID-19: Study reveals child care centers don’t drive COVID-19 infections

Sitting for too long can change the shape of your heart and increase cardiovascular disease risk: Exercise is key to reversing the damage, say experts

From tough tendons to shock-absorbing joints, humans are built for endurance. This comes as no surprise since survival during ancient times depended on demanding activities like hunting, gathering and farming. Now, emerging research indicates that the human heart is also optimized for endurance. In a major breakthrough, a team of researchers from the US and the … Continue reading Sitting for too long can change the shape of your heart and increase cardiovascular disease risk: Exercise is key to reversing the damage, say experts

Scientists use nanoparticles as an alternative propulsion method for small spacecraft

Propellant is one of the most important things that any spacecraft needs to carry – without it, a spacecraft will be unable to move or change course. This is why spacecraft tend to carry a lot of it on board. Carrying propellant, however, brings its own set of problems. Not only is the chemical highly flammable, … Continue reading Scientists use nanoparticles as an alternative propulsion method for small spacecraft

Plants can sense, think and communicate, says Italian scientist

Talking to plants is neither an uncommon habit among gardeners and plant enthusiasts, nor is it a modern notion. Strange as it might sound or appear to an onlooker, people talk to their plants for a host of reasons. Some do it as a form of social interaction. Others might talk to their ailing plants … Continue reading Plants can sense, think and communicate, says Italian scientist

Study: Doctors are PRESSURED to recommend opioids when asked much later in the day

Numerous factors influence the opioid crisis in healthcare, including the lack of holistic treatments for pain relief in mainstream medicine. But the authors of a recent article on opioid use found another startling factor that might be adding to the opioid crisis: the increasing rate of opioid prescribing. Hannah Neprash, an assistant professor at the University … Continue reading Study: Doctors are PRESSURED to recommend opioids when asked much later in the day