Mitochondria discovery reveals a plant extract that could combat obesity

Among the many ways obesity negatively impacts the human body is through an impaired metabolism and reduced endurance in skeletal muscle, and a new study has now shed light on a molecular process underpinning the condition. With this new understanding … Continue reading Mitochondria discovery reveals a plant extract that could combat obesity

“Super jelly” becomes like shatterproof glass when run over by a car

Scientists at the University of Cambridge have developed a new type of soft material with an ability to endure monumental forces. Described as “super jelly,” the novel hydrogel uses a unique internal structure likened to molecular handcuffs to respond … Continue reading “Super jelly” becomes like shatterproof glass when run over by a car

Nuclear fusion startup test fires plastic waste-powered rocket

A UK company with lofty aspirations around sustainable space travel has test-fired a rocket engine powered in part by plastic waste. Pulsar Fusion’s hybrid rocket engine is part of an ambitious journey that also involves the development of nuclear fusi… Continue reading Nuclear fusion startup test fires plastic waste-powered rocket

Starting fasting with exercise accelerates shift to fat-burning ketosis

Exercising at just about any time could be expected to benefit our well-being, and research has shown how when combined with fasting it can produce some surprising effects, such as supercharging the body’s cellular disposal unit. A new study has explor… Continue reading Starting fasting with exercise accelerates shift to fat-burning ketosis

Mouse study shows microplastics infiltrate blood brain barrier

Much of the millions of metric tons of plastic waste that washes into the sea each year is broken down into tiny fragments by the forces of the ocean, and researchers are beginning to piece together what this means for organisms that consume them. Scie… Continue reading Mouse study shows microplastics infiltrate blood brain barrier

KSTAR fusion reactor sets record with 30-second plasma confinement

Scientists are exploring nuclear fusion technology through various experimental devices, and a popular design for this pursuit of clean, practically inexhaustible energy is known as the tokamak. An exciting example of these donut-shaped reactors can be… Continue reading KSTAR fusion reactor sets record with 30-second plasma confinement

Bespoke brain stimulation offers tailored treatments for depression

Originally developed to relieve motor symptoms in Parkinson’s patients in the 1980s, deep brain stimulation (DBS) is beginning to show real promise in treating other neurological conditions, including severe cases of depression. The technology works by… Continue reading Bespoke brain stimulation offers tailored treatments for depression

Experimental drugs clear zombie-like cells and apply brakes to diabetes

Zombie-like cells that have stopped dividing in the human body and accumulate as we age, known as senescent cells, continue to find themselves at the center of all kinds of medical breakthroughs. A new study has explored how these damaged, lingering ce… Continue reading Experimental drugs clear zombie-like cells and apply brakes to diabetes

Rolls-Royce’s electric plane hits 387 mph to lay claim as world’s fastest

The Rolls-Royce Spirit of Innovation in action

An aircraft developed by Rolls-Royce to smash the speed record for an all-electric plane looks to have done just that, within three years of the being announced. The Spirit of Innovation took to the skies at a UK Ministry of Defence testing site last week were it reached a maximum speed of 623 km/h (387.4 mph), which Rolls-Royce says not only makes it the fastest electric aircraft, but the world’s fastest electric vehicle of any kind.

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