news from the lab 2009
Some people are better protected than others against urinary tract infections. This may be because their bodies produce more of a protein called uromodulin. An interdisciplinary research team has now found out how this helper protein brings relief when nature calls and how this knowledge might benefit the treatment and prevention of these painful inflammations.
This week, scientists of the Institute of Bee Health of the University of Bern have published an article in the peer-reviewed journal Communications Biology, which shows how even low doses of neonicotinoid insecticides, as they may realistically occur in contaminated soils, adversely affect the development of black garden ants (Lasius niger). This study highlights the need to overthink current deployment and management of chemical pest control for more sustainable agriculture.
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Astronomers have discovered the second super-Earth exoplanet for which they have determined the mass and radius, giving vital clues about its structure.
Not so long ago, our computers had a single core which had to be boosted for performance - making each machine into a great central heating system.
CERN's Large Hadron Collider has today become the world's highest energy particle accelerator, having accelerated its twin beams of protons to an energy of 1.18 TeV in the early hours of the morning of 30 November.
Leprosy still affects hundreds of thousands of people today throughout the entire world. An international team headed by EPFL professor Stewart Cole has traced the history of the disease from ancient Egypt to today and in doing so has made a public health study essential for combating the disease.
Odours are powerful stimulants for the human brain. Now, for the first time, researchers have succeeded in demonstrating that the evaluation of olfactory perceptions actually follows a very strict order.
Scientists have identified a new neural circuit in the retina responsible for the detection of approaching objects.
SwissCube, the first Swiss satellite in history—extremely small —has been successfully launched from the Sriharikota space station in India.
Fifty years ago, a microscopic network of tubules was found in neurons. Its function was unknown.
Type 2 diabetes, the most common form of diabetes, is increasing at an alarming state with more than 180 million people affected worldwide.
Are freely availably scientific papers better disseminated? Many believe so, but recent research results present new evidence suggesting that the higher number of citations received by open access papers is mostly due to a difference in quality.
An international group of researchers has developed and tested a new generation of photovoltaic cells in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Stillenden Müttern wird nahegelegt, auf alkoholhaltige Getränke zu verzichten. Nun zeigen aber neuste Forschungsergebnisse, dass Wein, der über die Muttermilch zu Säuglingen gelangt, positive Effekte auf die Säuglinge hat.
BTZ043 is a new therapeutic agent to fight tuberculosis. Its target is an enzyme which produces the cell wall of the pathogenic bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis.
Embryologie und Paläontologie existierten bereits zu Darwins Zeiten. Der Zoologe und Paläobiologe Marcelo Sánchez hat die beiden Disziplinen verbunden und erforscht so die Evolution von Landwirbeltieren.
Oxytocin, a hormone involved in child-birth and breast-feeding, helps people recognize familiar faces.