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  • Chemistry in Pictures: Shining Better Together

    Chemistry in Pictures: Shining Better Together

    via c&en: Before Yujie Tu crystallized this anthracene derivative, it hardly glowed at all. In the closely packed structure of the crystals, the molecules clumped together, locking down squirmy parts of the molecules that would otherwise absorb light and thus prevent fluorescence. Tu studies this phenomenon, called aggregate-induced emission, as part of his PhD work at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Finding organic molecules that glow when they clump together is useful in biological […]

  • How This Foreign Entrepreneur Raised $20 Million To Disrupt US Healthcare

    How This Foreign Entrepreneur Raised $20 Million To Disrupt US Healthcare

    via Forbes: There’s a lot more to startup fundraising that most entrepreneurs anticipate. Checking out the behind the scenes stories of the trials and triumphs of other founders can help a lot with developing realistic expectations and smart strategies that lead to superior outcomes, with less stress. A couple of weeks ago I had the huge pleasure of interviewing healthcare tech entrepreneur Carlos Reines on the DealMakers Podcast. To date he’s already raised close to $20 […]

  • The Biology of Sugars Points to a Sweet Strategy for Treating Cancer

    via SA: Over the last few decades, researchers tinkering with molecules that turn an immune cell on and off have created a revolutionary approach to fighting cancer. Instead of taking aim at the tumor directly, this new class of medicines harnesses the patient’s own immune cells to tackle the disease. Immune-based cancer therapies are saving thousands of lives, and the science behind them earned this year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. These drugs, called checkpoint […]

  • Newton Prize winners to use Mathematics to restore power to the people

    Newton Prize winners to use Mathematics to restore power to the people

    via Eurekalert: Long electricity blackouts have a big impact on a country’s economic activities, social stability and security. Latin America’s energy infrastructure currently lacks the resilience to deal with the increasing frequency of climate-related extreme weather events and natural disasters that cause power supplies to fail. Scientists working in the UK and Chile on a project called strengthening energy infrastructure to withstand extreme weather and natural disasters have won funding through the Newton Prize for Chile. […]

  • How will technology shape the future of business travel?

    How will technology shape the future of business travel?

    via innovation enterprise: Regular business travelers know the experience can leave much to be desired. From clunky booking tools and lost reservations to tedious expense reporting, the entire experience is rife with potential pitfalls that cost time and cause frustration. The coming years, however, will bring pivotal changes that look to improve business travel. Recent technological innovations, coupled with an increased focus on traveler satisfaction, means that travel is becoming more personalized, flexible, and seamless. People […]

  • Our image of an entrepreneur desperately needs an update–here’s how we change it

    Our image of an entrepreneur desperately needs an update–here’s how we change it

    via Fast Company: “Young people are just smarter,” Mark Zuckerberg infamously said to 650 aspiring entrepreneurs at a Y Combinator Startup School event in 2007. His logic was straightforward–young people lead simpler lives, so they’re able to focus on big-picture problems. Now that Zuckerberg is in his thirties, I’m not sure he’d still agree–in fact, I’m confident he wouldn’t. But this idea continues to resonate. Silicon Valley still fetishizes youth, and a lot of people probably […]

  • Quantum Biology: Spooky, Mysterious, and Fundamental to Life Itself

    Quantum Biology: Spooky, Mysterious, and Fundamental to Life Itself

    via Interesting Engineering: As little as a decade ago, scientists were sure that the chemistry of life and the weird chemistry of the quantum world were completely separate things. Quantum effects were usually observed only on the nanometer scale, surrounded by hard vacuum, ultra-low temperatures, and a tightly controlled laboratory environment. Biology, however, is a macroscopic world that is warm, messy, and anything but controlled. It seemed elementary that a quantum phenomenon such as ‘coherence’, in […]

  • Nature has something to tell us. It’s time we listened.

    Nature has something to tell us. It’s time we listened.

    via The Washington Post: John McKinney is the author of 30 books about hiking, including “Hiking on the Edge: Dreams, Schemes, and 1600 Miles on the California Coastal Trail.” Not so long ago, California wildfires knew their place. They burned wilderness areas, national forests and remote, sparsely inhabited canyons far from population centers. Sometimes cabins would burn, even homes when sparks flew and landed on the wooden shake roofs that were still allowed back in those […]

  • Archaeologists Uncover Remnants of Ancient City of Tenea

    Archaeologists Uncover Remnants of Ancient City of Tenea

    via Sci News: Tenea was an ancient Greek (then Roman) city founded in the 12th or 13th century BC. It is believed that the first inhabitants were former Trojan prisoners to whom Agamemnon, King of nearby Mycenae, permitted to build their own town after the Trojan War. Hence the name Tenea resembles that of Tenedos, their home-town. “The fall of Troy, according to myth, led Aeneas to found the city of Rome. It also inspired Agamemnon […]

  • Mathematics as weapon against desertification

    Mathematics as weapon against desertification

    Via Phys Org : Ph.D. student Robbin Bastiaansen applies mathematics to get insight in practical problems. By comparing mathematical models with developments in existing ecosystems, he hopes to demystify the process of desertification. His research has been published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), a rare achievement for a mathematician. During desertification, a desert area is extending or a new desert is created. Intermediates of this process are ‘almost deserts,” with vegetation patterns […]