News articles classified as Biology

Sifting through cellular recycling centers

A new method allows scientists to determine all the molecules present in the lysosomes – the cell’s recycling centers – of mice. This could bring new understanding and treatment of neurodegenerative disorders.

How benign water transforms into harsh hydrogen peroxide

A Stanford researcher and colleagues have shown that electric charge transfer when water droplets contact solid materials can spontaneously produce hydrogen peroxide, a finding with implications for cleaning and disinfection efforts.

Geological activity can rapidly change deep microbial communities

New research reveals that, rather than being influenced only by environmental conditions, deep subsurface microbial communities can transform because of geological movements. The findings advance our understanding of subsurface microorganisms, which comprise up to half of all living material on the planet.

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How a soil microbe could rev up artificial photosynthesis

Researchers discovered that a spot of molecular glue and a timely twist help a bacterial enzyme convert carbon dioxide into carbon compounds 20 times faster than plant enzymes do during photosynthesis. The results stand to accelerate progress toward converting carbon dioxide into a variety of products.

Runners prefer the same pace, regardless of distance

By comparing the most energy-efficient running speeds of recreational runners in a lab to the preferred, real-world speeds measured by wearable trackers, Stanford scientists found that runners prefer a low-effort pace – even for short distances.