A temperature-responsive glass coating that reflects sunlight could help to reduce the need for air conditioning in commercial, agricultural and domestic buildings, researchers report.
Scientists have reported preliminary results on a novel sensor to detect a surge of pro-inflammatory immune proteins. These surges, or cytokine storms, can occur in many diseases and are associated with the sickest Covid-19 patients, for example. The technology builds on earlier work to develop a wristwatch-like sweat sensor that measures levels of two proteins involved in inflammatory bowel disease flare-ups.
A class of metal-based anti-viral compounds can shield human cells from viruses and may also trap them to prevent viral spread, Australian researchers have found. Read the full story in C&I Magazine.
US researchers are developing engine oil additives to reduce harmful emissions, boost fuel efficiency and improve the durability of catalytic converters.
European chemical industries association Cefic is launching a Future Chemistry Network to bring together stakeholders to discuss and develop solutions to help accelerate chemical innovation. Read the full story in C&I Magazine.
German researchers are working on how to make battery production more adaptable. They say their scalable production system can be tailored to handle more flexible batteries made in different formats and from different materials. Read the full article in C&I Magazine.
Researchers have succeeded in modelling a complex molecule associated with a congenital muscle wasting disease, which could help to develop future treatments. Read the full article in C&I Magazine.
Scientists have translated the structure of a spider’s web into music by assigning different sound frequencies to the individual fibres. The work could have applications in the design of 3D printers as well as in cross-species communication and musical compositions. Read the full article in C&I Magazine.
Solar photovoltaics in use the US has gone up by an average of 48%/year over the past decade. Often, agricultural land is used, typically stripped of vegetation before construction. Now, scientists suggest there may also be benefits for wildlife.
The great hope for an Alzheimer’s treatment for 2021 – aducanumab –is a monoclonal antibody from Biogen that removes amyloid beta peptide, a hallmark of disease. There’s been no new approved Alzheimer’s treatment for decades, and the US FDA is set to review aducanumab in June. Read the full article in C&I Magazine.