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US FDA finalizes hand sanitizer rule

Agency seeks more data on 3 active ingredients, bans 28 others

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Structure of plastic-munching enzyme MHETase solved

Mutations could move plastics biorecycling a step forward

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Making synthetic polymers inside cells

Intracellular polymerization could lead to long-lasting fluorescent cell-tracking probes

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Sustainable way to increase seed oil yield in crops

Scientists have developed a sustainable way to demonstrate a new genetic modification that can increase the yield of natural oil in seeds by up to 15% in laboratory conditions.

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From 2D to 1D: Atomically quasi ‘1D’ wires using a carbon nanotube template

Researchers have used carbon nanotube templates to produce nanowires of transition metal monochalcogenide (TMM), which are only 3 atoms wide in diameter. These are 50 times longer than previous attempts and can be studied in isolation, preserving the properties of atomically quasi ‘1D’ objects. The team saw that single wires twist when perturbed, suggesting that isolated nanowires have unique mechanical properties which might be applied to switching in nanoelectronics.

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How slippery surfaces allow sticky pastes and gels to slide

Engineered surface treatment can reduce waste and improve efficiency in many processes.

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Quantum gas turns supersolid

Scientists report on the observation of supersolid behavior in dipolar quantum gases of erbium and dysprosium. In the dysprosium gas these properties are unprecedentedly long-lived. This sets the stage for future investigations into the nature of this exotic phase of matter.

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Researchers find high-risk genes for schizophrenia

Using a unique computational ‘framework’ they developed, a team of scientist cyber-sleuths has identified 104 high-risk genes for schizophrenia.

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Overlooked molecular machine in cell nucleus may hold key to treating aggressive leukemia

Many people fighting a very aggressive form of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) don’t survive more than five years. These very sick patients are often unable to receive the only cure — a bone marrow transplant. Now, an international team of scientists report on a long-overlooked part of a leukemic cell’s internal machinery, where they may have found a key to treating the aggressive blood cancer.

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How slippery surfaces allow sticky pastes and gels to slide

A research team that has already conquered the problem of getting ketchup out of its bottle has now tackled a new category of consumer and manufacturing woe: how to get much thicker materials to slide without sticking or deforming.

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