In record, Florida biologists capture nearly 100-kg Burmese python with 122 eggs

In a spectacular research moment, biologists captured the biggest Burmese python ever recorded in the state of Florida, USA. The humongous snake caught by the Conservancy of Southwest Florida measures 18 feet in length and weighs a whopping 215 pounds (approximately 98 kg), starting some serious conversations about the conservation of natural habitats in the … Read more

New study offers insight into past—and future—of west-side wildfires – BIOENGINEER.ORG

When the 2020 Labor Day Fires torched more than 300,000 hectares over the span of two weeks in parts of western Oregon and Washington, they devastated communities and put the threat of west-side fires squarely into focus. A new study led by the USDA Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station examines the context surrounding the … Read more

Cocrystal engineering—a clever way for designing multifunctional material – BIOENGINEER.ORG

Cocrystal engineering is an ingenious strategy for assembling organic molecules through the non-covalent interaction force, avoiding harsh experimental conditions (i.e., high temperature and high pressure). By selecting the appropriate components, the donor-acceptor (DA) molecules can be assembled like the jigsaw puzzle. Under the intermolecular interaction, such as π – π interactions, hydrogen bonds, and halogen … Read more

Spiral wave teleportation theory offers new path to defibrillate hearts, terminate arrhythmias – BIOENGINEER.ORG

A spiral wave of electrical activity in the heart can cause catastrophic consequences. One spiral wave creates tachycardia – a heart rate that’s too fast – and multiple spirals cause a state of disorganized contraction known as fibrillation. Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology offer a new method to disrupt spiral waves that uses … Read more

Biofinder advances detection of extraterrestrial life – BIOENGINEER.ORG

An innovative scientific instrument, the Compact Color Biofinder, developed by a team of University of Hawai’i at Mānoa researchers, may change the game in the search for signs of extraterrestrial life. An innovative scientific instrument, the Compact Color Biofinder, developed by a team of University of Hawai’i at Mānoa researchers, may change the game in … Read more

Built infrastructure, hunting and climate change linked to huge migratory bird declines – BIOENGINEER.ORG

Migratory birds are declining globally because of the way that humans have modified the landscape over recent decades – according to new research from the University of East Anglia. Migratory birds are declining globally because of the way that humans have modified the landscape over recent decades – according to new research from the University … Read more

Flawed AI makes robots racist, sexist – BIOENGINEER.ORG

A robot operating with a popular internet-based artificial intelligence system consistently gravitates to men over women, white people over people of color, and jumps to conclusions about peoples’ jobs after a glance at their face. A robot operating with a popular internet-based artificial intelligence system consistently gravitates to men over women, white people over people … Read more

Changed gene expression after heart surgery extends cardiomyocyte regeneration – BIOENGINEER.ORG

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – While lower vertebrates can repair their adult hearts after a heart attack, mammals – including humans – cannot. The ability to regenerate dead muscle tissue in mammalian hearts disappears just a few days after birth because the heart muscle cells, called cardiomyocytes, exit the cell cycle. BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – While lower vertebrates … Read more

Arsenic in private well water contributes to low birth weight even at low levels – BIOENGINEER.ORG

In the largest epidemiologic study of arsenic and birth outcomes to date, researchers from the University of Illinois Chicago and collaborating institutions estimated arsenic levels in US private well water sources by county and compared estimates to documented birth outcomes. They found an association between estimated groundwater arsenic concentration and risk of low birth weight. … Read more

Nanomaterials that provide imaging while delivering medication – BIOENGINEER.ORG

biodegradable nanomaterials that will take pictures and deliver medicine to combat peripheral arterial disease (PAD). biodegradable nanomaterials that will take pictures and deliver medicine to combat peripheral arterial disease (PAD). Kytai Nguyen, a UT Arlington bioengineering professor, is the principal investigator in the four-year, $ 2.1 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant. She’s collaborating … Read more