High-throughput screening of drug leads
Nanomole-scale high-throughput chemistry for the synthesis of complex molecules. Santanilla et al.
annotated by Gurshagan Kandhola
In early stages of drug discovery, large quantities of materials are rarely available. The authors in this paper have come up with a miniaturized automation platform enabling...
annotations posted 08/23/2016
Expanding the limits of optical resolution
Expansion microscopy. Chen et al.
annotated by Bob Kao
How do scientists examine organ development and diseases at subcellular resolution? Recent cutting-edge imaging modalities—called superresolution microsopy—enable scientists to examine molecules at nanoscale resolution. The authors of this article discovered a new...
annotations posted 07/27/2016
Curiosity tells all about Mars’ radiation environment
Mars’ Surface Radiation Environment Measured with the Mars Science Laboratory’s Curiosity Rover. Hassler et al.
annotated by Manuela Buonanno
A high level of radiation is a limiting factor for manned Mars exploration. The Curiosity rover contained a particle and neutron detector for measuring radiation on the surface of...
annotations posted 07/15/2016
Light as a feather, strong as an ox
Ultralight, Ultrastiff Mechanical Metamaterials. Xiaoyu Zheng et al.
annotated by Pierre Nauleau
Imagine a lightweight material that can support 10,000 times its weight. What would it look like? Scientists have applied the same principles of lattice architecture that give the...
annotations posted 06/24/2016
Say goodbye to stains
Robust self-cleaning surfaces that function when exposed to either air or oil. Yao Lu et al.
annotated by Patricia Weisensee
Did you ever wish that the water you just spilled had not wet your entire pants? Or that your clothes remained clean after that walk on the beach? Lu et al. found an easy yet effective...
annotations posted 04/01/2016
Western U.S. on the rise
Ongoing drought-induced uplift in the western United States. Adrian Antal Borsa, Duncan Carr Agnew, Daniel R. Cayan.
annotated by Erin Elisabeth Cunningham
Ground water is a large source of fresh water for most of the western United States. Being, of course, beneath the surface can make it quite a challenge to monitor,...
annotations posted 02/19/2016
Unidirectional Growth...the Road to Designer Micelles
Non-Centrosymmetric Cylindrical Micelles by Unidirectional Growth. Rupar et al.
annotated by Tessy Thomas
As the field of nanotechnology continues to grow, the ability to carefully control nanoparticle size, shape, and composition still remains a challenge. Most nanoparticles exhibit a great deal of symmetry. The...
annotations posted 10/02/2015
Does Earth have a sixth ocean?
Dehydration melting at the top of the lower mantle. Schmandt et al.
annotated by Sam Haugland
Water present on the surface of the Earth is easy to find and measure. What about the water we can't see? Scientists have always thought that massive amounts of water might exist deep beneath the Earth's surface, but they...
annotations posted 07/10/2015
Twist and shout
Artificial Muscles from Fishing Line and Sewing Thread. Haines et al.
annotated by Jessica Boehler
Artificial muscles have many potential applications, such as muscle transplantation and use in humanoid robots, but are currently expensive and inefficient. Haines et al. found a way to decrease the cost of...
annotations posted 05/29/2015
Black holes and galaxies...having a blast together
Radio Jets Clearing the Way Through a Galaxy: Watching Feedback in Action. Morganti et al.
annotated by Stephen N. Floor
Supermassive black holes exist at the center of galaxies, often weighing more...
annotations posted 10/24/2014