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A novel strategy to generate useful chiral compounds

Newly designed ligands for a catalytic reaction to synthesize drugs and useful compounds

01-Jul-2020

Currently, various therapeutic compounds in the market, such as proteins, enzymes, and amino acids, are "chiral compounds"--molecules with two structures that are "mirror" images of each other but cannot be superimposed. Although the two variants of the molecule, also called "enantiomers," are ...

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Superworms digest plastic, with help from their bacterial sidekicks

Polystyrene waste to break down with enzymes or bacteria?

02-Jun-2020

Resembling giant mealworms, superworms (Zophobas atratus) are beetle larvae that are often sold in pet stores as feed for reptiles, fish and birds. In addition to their relatively large size (about 2 inches long), these worms have another superpower: They can degrade polystyrene plastic. Now, ...

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Adsorbent material developed with PET bottles for the removal of antibiotics from water

The porous carbon composite is applicable to various fields

27-Apr-2020

South Korea with its high antibiotic use is categorized as a country at high risk of the emergence of multi drug-resistant bacteria, or so-called "super bacteria." According to the Ministry of Environment, antibiotic substances have been detected at livestock wastewater treatment facilities, ...

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High-capacity battery material using salmon DNA

20-Apr-2020

A Korean research team has succeeded in developing next-generation high-capacity cathode material for lithium-ion batteries. The Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST, Acting President Seok-jin Yoon) announced that the joint research team of Dr. Kyung Yoon Chung (head of the Center for ...

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New method to monitor Alzheimer's proteins

Terahertz waves detect the fibrillization state of amyloid beta proteins in solution

14-Apr-2020

Physicists at the Center for Integrated Nanostructure Physics (CINAP), within the Institute for Basic Science (IBS, South Korea), have reported a new method to identify the aggregation state of amyloid beta (Aβ) proteins in solution. Published in ACS Nano, this finding could represent a step ...

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A thermometer can be stretched and crumpled by water

12-Feb-2020

Recent outbreaks of the novel coronavirus have emphasized the importance of quarantine and prevention more than ever. When monitoring changes in our body, body temperature is first measured. So, it is very significant to measure the temperature accurately and promptly. With this regard, a ...

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Development of simplified new mass spectrometric technique using laser and graphene

13-Aug-2019

A technology that can obtain high-resolution, micrometer-sized images for mass spectrometric analysis without sample preparation has been developed. DGIST Research Fellow Jae Young Kim and Chair-professor Dae Won Moon's team succeeded in developing the precise analysis and micrometer-sized ...

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Efficiently producing fatty acids and biofuels from glucose

24-Jun-2019

Researchers have presented a new strategy for efficiently producing fatty acids and biofuels that can transform glucose and oleaginous microorganisms into microbial diesel fuel, with one-step direct fermentative production. The newly developed strain, created by Professor Sang Yup Lee and his ...

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Discovery of hippocampal mossy cell involvement to maximize antidepressant effects

28-May-2019

DGIST faculty clarified that the fundamental neural circuit mechanism involved in antidepressant efficacy to treat depression, one of serious mental diseases in today's society. This is expected to contribute to the development of next antidepressant that can advance the effects and speed of ...

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Microglia Turned On

Visualizing microglia in brain tissue with a fluorescence turn-on substrate

20-May-2019

Part of the immune system in the brain is made up of so-called microglia cells. Korean and Singaporean researchers have now developed a fluorescent probe that specifically labels this type of macrophage. The cells were visualized in cell culture and in the live brains of rodents. As detailed in ...

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