Sarah Webb's Articles
- FeatureTissues printed with an ink-jet could provide patches for damaged organs, new cell-based materials for drug testing, new ways to probe cellular communication, living sensors, or even fuel cell–type batteries.
- NewsInspired by the quick-shut action of the Venus flytrap, researchers have designed a patterned surface with microscale hills that can rapidly flip to form valleys.
- NewsEngineered plants make genetic material that disables critical genes in insects that eat the plants, offering a possible new strategy for agricultural-pest control.
- NewsA growth factor that promotes blood vessel development also maintains normal blood vessel health, perhaps explaining the vascular side effects of some cancer drugs.
- NewsMagnetite nanoparticles have catalytic properties that may be useful in wastewater treatment and biomedical assays.
- NewsA tumor cell protein influences blood platelets in a way that helps a cancer spread through the body.
- NewsSeasonal oxygen shortages in coastal waters, increasing in severity because of pollution, may impair fish reproduction.
- NewsA study in Stockholm says that tires and brake pads emit a variety of metal pollutants despite European regulations aimed at cleaning up these parts.
- NewsA new adhesive that borrows tricks from the gecko and the mussel can stick and detach repeatedly and works even when wet.