Researchers predict age of T cells to improve cancer treatment

Manipulation of cells by a new microfluidic device may help clinicians improve a promising cancer therapy that harnesses the body’s own immune cells to fight such diseases as metastatic melanoma, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, chronic lymphocytic leukemi…

Scientists unravel the mysterious mechanics of spider silk

Scientists now have a better understanding of why spider silk fibers are so incredibly strong. Recent research, published by Cell Press on February 15th in Biophysical Journal, describes the architecture of silk fibers from the atomic level up and …

TU Delft simulates breaking waves

The SWAN (Simulating WAves Nearshore) wave prediction model developed at TU Delft has been a huge international success for many years. This model predicts the distribution of wave heights close to the shore. It was recently expanded to include the …

Fountain of youth from the tap

(Jena, Germany) Professor Dr. Michael Ristow’s team along with Japanese colleagues from universities in Oita and Hiroshima have demonstrated by two independent approaches that even a low concentration of lithium leads to an increased life expectan…

Culling can’t control deadly bat disease

Culling will not stop the spread of a deadly fungus that is threatening to wipe out hibernating bats in North America, according to a new mathematical model.
White-nose syndrome, which is estimated to have killed over a million bats in a th…

JPEG for the mind: How the brain compresses visual information

Most of us are familiar with the idea of image compression in computers. File extensions like “.jpg” or “.png” signify that millions of pixel values have been compressed into a more efficient format, reducing file size by a factor of 10 or m…

44-year-old mystery of how fleas jump resolved

If you thought that we know everything about how the flea jumps, think again. In 1967, Henry Bennet-Clark discovered that fleas store the energy needed to catapult themselves into the air in an elastic pad made of resilin. However, in the inte…

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