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A positive amyloid trial, finally?

Big Alzheimer’s disease news this week: positive results for an anti-amyloid therapy. Researcher Derek Lowe takes a more sober view: “As the world knows, the anti-amyloid clinical landscape for Alzheimer’s is absolutely littered with failures in every direction: anti-amyloid antibodies […]

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Researchers break the 30% barrier in solar cells.

“[Researchers] in the Netherlands came together to create a four-terminal perovskite/silicon tandem device. A tandem device can better use solar spectrum since it uses a mix of silicon-based solar cells with perovskite-based solar cells.” | learn more

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3D printer ink to make wooden objects.

“The cell structure of ordinary tree wood influences the shape the wood will distort into as it dries. With the new technique, scientists can control the cell structure and, as a result, the precise shape that the product will take […]

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How does a cell know that it’s supposed to build an arm?

This is an absolutely mind-blowing presentation by Michael Levin. “Our lab studies the way in which all cells, not just neurons, communicate as electrical networks that enable scaling of single-cell properties into collective intelligences that solve problems in anatomical feature […]