A probiotic therapy for patients with inflammatory bowel disease

A genetically programmed living hydrogel material that facilitates intestinal wound healing is being considered for development as a probiotic therapy for patients with inflammatory bowel disease.

Benjamin Boettner | Dec. 6, 2019 | harvard
~7 mins   

Tags: science-technology basic-research crohns-disease e-wyss-institute-for-biologically-inspired-engineering-at-harvard e-coli-nissle-strain ibd inflammatory-bowel-disease mucosal-healing probiotic probiotic-therapy ulcerative-colitis


Bone ‘beams’ pave the way for 3D printing stuff that lasts

The structure of bones can help 3D printed materials stand up to more wear and tear, which could lead to stronger materials for buildings and vehicles.

Kayla Wiles-Purdue | Dec. 6, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine science-and-technology 3d-printing bones materials osteoporosis

Gender equality can shape men’s ability to recognize famous females

New research suggests a country’s degree of gender equality can shape men’s ability to recognize famous female faces.

Ekaterian Pesheva | Dec. 5, 2019 | harvard
~7 mins   

Tags: science-technology basic-research bias facial-recognition gender own-gender-bias

Bats might actually benefit from wildfires

Bats face many threats—but a new study shows wildfire isn't one of them. In fact, some actually benefit from it.

Kat Kerlin-UC Davis | Dec. 5, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology bats forests habitat wildfire

Researchers find a platform for stable quantum computing

Harvard researchers have demonstrated the first material that can have both strongly correlated electron interactions and topological properties. The discovery both paves the way for more stable quantum computing and creates an entirely new platform to explore exotic physics.

Leah Burrows | Dec. 5, 2019 | harvard
~6 mins   

Tags: science-technology condensed-matter-physics department-of-physics exotic-physics harris-pirie jenny-hoffman nature-physics physics quantum-computing samarium-hexaboride topological-insulators

Giant ice planet orbits hot star 1/4 its size

New evidence points to an giant, icy planet orbiting a white dwarf star that's slowing evaporating it.

Peter Thorley-Warwick | Dec. 4, 2019 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology planets space stars

Hot rocks offer clues to life on ‘Snowball Earth’

Scientists braved the heat to answer a question about oxygen and "Snowball Earth," a period when the oceans virtually froze from the poles to the equator.

U. Melbourne | Dec. 4, 2019 | futurity
~8 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology early-earth ice-age oceans oxygen rocks

Filaments are weapons in ‘world’s oldest war’

New research shows how a once-forgotten cellular structure fights in the "world’s oldest war," the battle between bacteria and viruses.

Mikayla Mace-Arizona | Dec. 4, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology bacteria cells dna enzymes viruses

A tiny bend gives semiconductors a big boost

Bending organic semiconductors can seriously up the speed of the electricity flowing through them, which could pave the way for better electronics.

Todd Bates-Rutgers | Dec. 3, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology electricity electronics materials-science semiconductors

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