Researchers use blockchain to drive electric-vehicle infrastructure

Researchers at the University of Waterloo have integrated the use of blockchain into energy systems, a development that could result in expanded charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. In a study that outlines the new blockchain-oriented charging system, the researchers found…

New proteomics technique gives insights into ubiquitin signalling

Australian researchers are among the first in the world to have access to a new approach to understand intricate changes that control how proteins function in our cells in health and disease. The new proteomics technique called ‘ubiquitin clipping’ allows…

AI used to test evolution’s oldest mathematical model

Researchers have used artificial intelligence to make new discoveries, and confirm old ones, about one of nature’s best-known mimics, opening up whole new directions of research in evolutionary biology. The researchers, from the University of Cambridge, the University of Essex,…

Fishing leads to investigation of environmental changes in waterways

A fisherman’s curiosity led to identification of the correlation between microbial communities in recreational freshwater locales and seasonal environmental changes, according to a team of researchers from Penn State. Zachary Weagly, a 2018 graduate of Penn State Berks and an…

Portland land value tax would improve equity for homeowners, incentivize development

Shifting Oregon’s property tax structure to a land-value tax base could improve equity among homeowners of various income levels, according to a study conducted by Portland State University’s Northwest Economic Research Center (NERC). A pure land-value tax assesses property taxes…

Findings shed new light on why Zika causes birth defects in some pregnancies

One thing is clear when it comes to Zika: pregnant women must do everything they can to avoid getting infected. If the virus gains entry to the mother’s cells, it can also infect the baby and cause severe birth defects,…

Do financial incentives change length-of-stay performance in ED? Study results are mixed

DES PLAINES, IL — The results of a retrospective study on a pay-for-performance (P4P) program implemented in Vancouver, British Columbia suggest mixed consequences — it can reduce access block for admitted patients but may also lead to discharges associated with…

Study predicts modest impact from additional dose of rotavirus vaccine

New Haven, Conn. — Giving children an additional dose of rotavirus vaccine when they are nine months old would provide only a modest improvement in the vaccine’s effectiveness in low-income countries concerned about waning protection against the highly contagious disease,…

Attacking asthma in kids

According to the World Health Organization, asthma is the most prevalent chronic childhood disease worldwide. That’s why researchers are working on developing technology that could predict when a child will have an asthma attack and provide prevention and treatment suggestions,…

‘Catcher of the rye’ method detects rye gluten proteins in foods

Gluten-free diets have been trendy for several years now, with adherents claiming that avoiding grains that contain the substance helps with weight loss or improves general health. However, for people with celiac disease, avoiding gluten is not a fad but…

New drug targets early instigator of Alzheimer’s disease

Over a hundred years after they were first identified, two ominous signposts of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) remain central topics of research–both formed by sticky accumulations of protein in the brain. Amyloid beta solidifies into senile plaques, which congregate in the…