Sugar is more than just a pure source of energy. The body itself produces a whole battery of complex sugar chains which can influence mechanisms of the immune system, e.g. in reproductive biology.
Electricity companies tend to increase their baseline electricity tariffs if more consumers search for cheaper tariffs on the internet. The ones that are losing out are consumers who remain loyal.
An infection with the MERS virus causes only a cold in camels, but can be fatal for humans. Researchers now analyze mutations to predict the risk of a pandemic.
Due to a dirt-repellent, lubricating layer earthworms are always clean. Inspired by this, researchers developed a friction-reducing material that might be applicable in industry or biomedicine.
While the connection between stalling atmospheric waves and extreme weather events has been demonstrated by previous studies, researchers now found two crucial conditions that favor a slow jet stream.
Peatlands are the most efficient carbon sinks of terrestrial ecosystems. However, around one per cent of all bogs worldwide are lost each year. Researchers now concern measures of rewetting.
In the past decade, the US tech giants Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon bought a total of 313 companies. Economic researchers now give warning of the harm they do to the competition.
So far, no drugs are known to prevent age-related memory loss. A study now proves the memory-enhancing effect of a plant ester as an active ingredient from the medicinal plant Rhodiola rosea.
Microplastics are omnipresent in the environment but at the same time difficult to record. Now, researchers have developed a novel device that collects very small particles without contamination.
The regenerative capacity of the nervous system declines during aging. Researchers found that a disturbed immune response leading to chronic inflammation is significantly involved in this.