The Biology of Bonsai Trees: The Science Behind the Traditional Japanese Art Form

The art of bonsai originated in China. As subsequently refined in Japan, its techniques produce miniature trees that give aesthetic pleasure to people all around Asia and the wider world beyond. This appreciation is reflected in the couple-on-the-street interview footage incorporated into “The Biology Behind Bonsai Trees,” the video above from Youtuber Jonny Lim, better … Read more

Fluorescence microscopy shows how living cells form vesicles to transport cargo like growth factors – BIOENGINEER.ORG

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Cells have a clever way to transport cargos like growth factors across the cell membrane and into the cell. It is called clathrin-mediated endocytosis. Molecules of the protein clathrin gather on the inside of the cell membrane, and they deform the membrane to make what looks like a pit as seen from … Read more

New clues about how hot Jupiters form – BIOENGINEER.ORG

Since the first hot Jupiter was discovered in 1995, astronomers have been trying to figure out how the searing hot exoplanets formed and arrived in their extreme orbits. Johns Hopkins University astronomers have found a way to determine the relative age of hot Jupiters using new measurements from the Gaia spacecraft, which is tracking over … Read more

Proteins Involved in Alzheimer’s Can ‘Overcook’ Cells Through Heat, Study Finds

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia; if we are to alleviate its impact, we need to understand as much as possible about how it gets started and the effects it has on brain cells – and a new study reveals that the development of the disease can cause cells to seriously overheat. … Read more

Legal & General Capital and Ancora Form $4B Partnership in Science and Tech Space – Commercial Observer

Two real estate asset-management firms are forming a new company that focuses on earlier American movers in the emerging regional markets in the life science industry. In a new 50-50 partnership, London-based property management company Legal & General Capital (LGC) has merged into a North Carolina-based real estate developer Still to form Still L&G, a … Read more

The sixth form girl bullied out of school for saying biological sex is real

This week, it was revealed that a teenage girl was hounded out of a private Home Counties school for questioning why transgender beliefs are not debated more openly. Her story emerged in articles on the website of Transgender Trend, a parents’ group challenging trans orthodoxy, written by a music teacher at school who was so … Read more

Chimpanzees combine calls to form numerous vocal sequences – BIOENGINEER.ORG

Humans are the only species on earth known to use language. We do this by combining sounds to form words and words to form hierarchically structured sentences. The question, where this extraordinary capacity originates from, still remains to be answered. In order to retrace the evolutionary origins of human language, researchers often use a comparative … Read more

Predict how double-gyroid networks form — ScienceDaily

Polymer scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst recently announced in the journal Nature Communications that they have solved a longstanding mystery surrounding a nanoscale structure, formed by collections of molecules, called a double-gyroid. This shape is one of the most desirable for materials scientists, and has a wide range of applications; but, until now, … Read more

Malaria parasites form vortices – BIOENGINEER.ORG

The disease of malaria is triggered by single-celled parasites that accumulate in large groups in the salivary glands of mosquitoes before transmission to human beings. The limited space there prevents them from actually moving, unless this restriction is lifted by means of appropriate experimental preparation. In just such experiments, researchers at Heidelberg University have set … Read more

Lava and frost may form the mysterious lumps on Jupiter’s moon Io

On Jupiter’s moon Io, lava creeping beneath frost may give rise to fields of towering dunes. That finding, described April 19 in Nature Communicationssuggests that dunes may be more common on other worlds than previously thought, though the lumps may form in odd ways. “In some sense, these [other worlds] are looking more familiar, ”says … Read more