These male spiders catapult at impressive speeds to flee their mates before they get eaten

Journal Reference: Shichang Zhang, Yangjié Liu, Yubing Ma, Hao Wang, Yao Zhao, Matjaž Kuntner, Daiqin Li. Male spiders avoid sexual cannibalism with a catapult mechanism. Current Biology, 2022; 32 (8): R354 DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2022.03.051 “We found that mating was always ended by a catapulting, which is so fast that common cameras could not record the details … Read more

‘Sonic the Hedgehog 2’ speeds to top of weekend box office

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 speeds to top of weekend

This was an important weekend for PG-rated family films. NEW YORK — “Sonic the Hedgehog 2” sped to the top of the charts in its opening weekend, earning an impressive $71 million according to studio estimates Sunday. Paramount’s PG-rated sequel easily bested the weekend’s other major newcomer, Michael Bay’s “Ambulance,” which faltered in theaters. “Sonic … Read more

‘Self-driving’ lab speeds up analysis, synthesis of energy materials

Journal Reference: Fazel Bateni, Robert W. Epps, Kameel Antami, Rokas Dargis, Jeffery A. Bennett, Kristofer G. Reyes, Milad Abolhasani. Autonomous Nanocrystal Doping by Self‐Driving Fluidic Micro‐Processors. Advanced Intelligent Systems, 2022; 2200017 DOI: 10.1002/aisy.202200017 “We’ve created a self-driving laboratory that can be used to advance both fundamental nanoscience and applied engineering,” says Milad Abolhasani, corresponding author … Read more

A new, inexpensive catalyst speeds the production of oxygen from water

Journal Reference: Shuai Yuan, Jiayu Peng, Bin Cai, Zhehao Huang, Angel T. Garcia-Esparza, Dimosthenis Sokaras, Yirui Zhang, Livia Giordano, Karthik Akkiraju, Yun Guang Zhu, René Hübner, Xiaodong Zou, Yuriy Román-Leshkov, Yang Shao-Horn. Tunable metal hydroxide–organic frameworks for catalysing oxygen evolution. Nature Materials, 2022; DOI: 10.1038/s41563-022-01199-0 Now, researchers at MIT and elsewhere have developed an entirely … Read more

Laser system generates random numbers at ultrafast speeds

Journal Reference: Kyungduk Kim, Stefan Bittner, Yongquan Zeng, Stefano Guazzotti, Ortwin Hess, Qi Jie Wang, Hui Cao. Massively parallel ultrafast random bit generation with a chip-scale laser. Science, 2021; 371 (6532): 948 DOI: 10.1126/science.abc2666 The random generator system was jointly developed by researchers from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore), Yale University, and Trinity College … Read more

Novel gene therapy platform speeds search for ways to cure blindness

Journal Reference: Bilge E Öztürk, Molly E Johnson, Michael Kleyman, Serhan Turunç, Jing He, Sara Jabalameli, Zhouhuan Xi, Meike Visel, Valérie L Dufour, Simone Iwabe, Felipe Pompeo Marinho, Gustavo D Aguirre, José-Alain Sahel, David V Schaffer, Andreas R Pfenning, John G Flannery, William A Beltran, William R Stauffer, Leah C Byrne. scAAVengr, a transcriptome-based pipeline … Read more