New research aims to shut down viral assembly line

Under the electron microscope, a coronavirus may resemble a spiny sea urchin or appear crownlike, (the shape from which this family of pathogens takes its name). Previously recognized as the second leading cause of the common cold in humans a…

A positive step in the face of uncertainty

TEMPE, Ariz. — Enormous uncertainty. These two words describe the condition of Phoenix’s climate and water supply in the 21st century. Reservoirs have dipped to their lowest levels, continuous drought has plagued the state and forecasts for even w…

Plant-derived scavengers prowl the body for nerve toxins

The brain is forever chattering to itself, via electrical impulses sent along its hard-wired neuronal “Ethernet.” These e-messages are translated into chemical transmissions, allowing communication across the narrow cleft separating one neuron fr…

‘Chaogates’ hold promise for the semiconductor industry

Washington, D.C. (November 16, 2010) — In a move that holds great significance for the semiconductor industry, a team of researchers has created an alternative to conventional logic gates, demonstrated them in silicon, and dubbed them “chaogates…

A new read on DNA sequencing

The twisting, ladder-like form of the DNA molecule — the architectural floor plan of life — contains a universe of information critical to human health. Enormous effort has been invested in deciphering the genetic code, including, most famous…

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