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Faster testing for artificial antibodies

Researchers at Berkeley have created a new system to rapidly test artificial antibodies. This feels like a strong brute-force attack against pathogens. “The system starts with a nanosheet made up of molecules called peptoids. This is then coated in loops […]

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A new rubber-like material to replace human tissue

The researchers think it could work well as a cartilage replacement for joints. “The results showed that the new rubber-like material may be appropriate for many applications that require an uncommon combination of properties—high elasticity, easy processability, and suitability for medical […]

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A new technique to remodel the gut microbiome

Peptides! “Instead of trying to kill harmful bacteria, or transplant beneficial bacteria, this hypothesis imagines remodeling, or reconstructing, a dysfunctional microbiome into a healthy one by using highly targeted peptides that can affect a broad number of different bacteria in […]

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Red meat therapy

Late last year a meta-analysis of studies related to red meat caught media attention. Mostly, the media message was: “turns out red meat isn’t actually bad for you.” That’s not exactly what the study says, though. Paul Kedrosky uses an […]

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Self-healing potassium batteries

The question of what’s next after Lithium is a big one for the battery business. “Potassium metal batteries could offer a cheap, long-life alternative to lithium cells with similar energy density, but thus far they’ve been held back by dendrite […]

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Power generation from ambient humidity

Yet another way to harvest clean renewable energy from our environment. “Here we show that thin-film devices made from nanometre-scale protein wires harvested from the microbe Geobacter sulfurreducens can generate continuous electric power in the ambient environment.” | learn more