Farnesol, found in herbs and fruits, prevents and reverses brain damage linked to Parkinson’s disease in mice, report US researchers. It does this by deactivating a key protein associated with disease progression.
Ladybirds produce a volatile scent that causes their principal food – aphids – to move away to avoid predation. The same smell can also slow aphid reproduction rates. Now, researchers have identified components of ladybird odour that could pave the way to managing aphids – and the crop viruses they spread – without recourse to traditional pesticides.
Much of the discussion on plastic waste has focused on recycling and reuse, as well as replacement by other materials or approaches, like refillable containers. While these discussions are entirely relevant and worthwhile, the whole issue ultimately comes down to the willingness of consumers to sort and collect plastic waste or take their own refillable containers to supermarkets or other retail outlets to restock their preferred products.
Science news in brief for September 2021
During WWII, German scientists Heisenberg and Diebner both experimented with converting uranium to plutonium, needed for the atomic bomb. Roughly 12 cubes of uranium said to originate from this programme in early 1940s Germany remain from approximately 1000 produced.
Further easing of import restrictions by the UK Government will provide faster access to patients prescribed cannabis-based medicines — removing yet another barrier in a market expected to grow in the coming years. The use of legal cannabis-based products for medicinal use in humans (CBPMs) is expected to be worth £2.3bn by 2024.
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German biotech firm BioNTech plans to commence clinical trials of a possible malaria vaccine by the end of 2022 as the annual death toll attributed to the disease surpasses 400,000 people, many of them in Africa.
Malawi has launched a campaign to eradicate malaria, which accounts for 15% of all the country’s hospital admissions, by 2030.
The commercial battery with the highest energy density is the lithium-thionyl chloride (Li-SOCl2) battery. Developed in the 1970s, this non-rechargeable battery is still widely deployed in military, space, utility metering and GPS tracking applications. It uses thionyl chloride as the catholyte, lithium metal as the anode and amorphous carbon as the cathode.