Chinese researchers conduct study on space life science

Chinese researchers conduct study on space life science

HONG KONG, CHINA: The School of Chinese Medicine (SCM) of Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) is conducting a space life science study aboard China’s first cargo spacecraft, Tianzhou-1, which was launched last month. HKBU is the only institution of higher education outside the Mainland to conduct scientific research aboard the Tianzhou 1. The HKBU team is studying effects of the CKIP-1 gene on bone formation in the microgravity condition on board the Tianzhou 1 in space, In microgravity, bone loss occurs. Read More

Chemists develop the ultimate natural sunscreen

LA JOLLA, US: Chemists, materials scientists and nanoengineers at University of California (UC) San Diego have created what may be the ultimate natural sunscreen. In a paper published in the journal ACS Central Science, they report the development of nanoparticles that mimic the behaviour of natural melanosomes, melanin-producing cell structures that protect our skin, eyes and other tissues from the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation. “Basically, we succeeded in making a synthetic version of the nanoparticles that our skin. Read More

MOFs provide a better way to remove water from gas

THUWAL, SAUDI ARABIA: The conventional view that metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) cannot be stable in water has been overturned by the development of an MOF that can selectively and effectively adsorb water to dry gas streams. The new fluorinated MOF developed by the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) team achieves the drying and regeneration cycle at relatively low temperatures and requires about half the energy input of conventional procedures. This dramatic reduction in energy use highlights. Read More

Merck, University of Leeds collaborate on optical liquid crystal

DARMSTADT, GERMANY: Merck has signed a five-year research collaboration agreement with the University of Leeds. The aim is to develop new digital optical applications with liquid crystals under the umbrella of the “Emerging Innovation – LC 2021” strategic initiative. As a global market and technology leader for liquid crystals (LC), Merck sees great future potential in optical applications. The University of Leeds is one of UK’s most renowned research institutions and has recently built a reputation in particular for non-display applications. Read More