A method called optogenetics offers insights into memory, perception and addiction. Some big scientific discoveries aren’t actually discovered. They are borrowed. That’s what happened when scientists enlisted proteins from an unlikely lender: green algae. Cells of the algal species Chlamydomonas reinhardtii are decorated with proteins that can sense light. ThatContinue Reading

Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine approval is younger teens’ shot at freedom In a long-awaited announcement on Monday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 mRNA vaccine in adolescents aged 12 to 15. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee of Immunization Practices (ACIP) atContinue Reading

The illegal substance—paired with intensive therapy and hard work—dramatically improves PTSD symptoms A long-awaited study is making worldwide headlines for finding that the outlawed psychoactive drug MDMA is startlingly effective in treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). But researchers and study participants say the substance itself, while extremely powerful, catalyzes healingContinue Reading

Miniaturization has enabled so many unfathomable dreams. Shrinking down electronic circuits has allowed us to access technology like smartphones, health watches, medical probes, nano-satellites, unthinkable a couple decades ago. Just imagine that in the course of 60 years, the transistor has gone from being the size of your hand palmContinue Reading

Osaka University researchers synthesize an easy-to-handle nano-cobalt phosphide catalyst for efficient hydrogenation of nitriles to primary amines Osaka, Japan – The need to be mindful consumers is becoming a priority for an ever-growing portion of society. This means that achieving efficient and environmentally sustainable chemical processes is more important thanContinue Reading

Understanding the character of hardware errors helps stabilise the technology Scientists at the University of Sydney have adapted techniques from autonomous vehicles and robotics to efficiently assess the performance of quantum devices, an important process to help stabilise the emerging technologies. The innovative approach has been shown experimentally to outperformContinue Reading