More than eight million tons of plastic end up in the oceans every year—a serious danger for the environment and health. Biodegradable bioplastics could provide an alternative. In the journal Angewandte Chemie, a research team has now introduced a new method for the production of protein-based plastics that are easily processable, biodegradable, and biocompatible, as well as having favorable mechanical properties.
- Angewandte Chemie International Edition
- National Key Research and Development Program of China, National Natural Science Foundation of China, Youth Innovation Promotion Association of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, China Postdoctoral Science Foundation
Feeling close to other people who are similar to us can help increase consensus on conflictual political topics. In an online study, an international team of researchers led by Dr Stefano Balietti from Heidelberg University investigated the circumstances under which people change their own attitude towards a certain topic. The results suggest that having points in common helps people move towards one another, even in the case of extremely divisive political issues.
- Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
A systematic review has uncovered a plethora of models used to understand mental health problems with ramifications for how people are assessed and supported.
- Journal of Mental Health
To develop the Kessler Foundation Spatial Re-Training Therapy (KF-SRT™), which employs a head-mounted display and hand-tracking technology, the Foundation team worked closely with Virtualware, an award-winning VR technology company based in Spain. “During user testing, we were able to communicate the need for revisions to Virtualware and adapt the software according to feedback from therapists and patients,” said Dr. Chen. “The resultant system has a user interface that accommodates creation of a patient profile, a calibration module, a choice of four game-like treatment modules, and a spreadsheet for data collection and export, enabling therapists to review progress across sessions.”
- Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
- National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research
Six researchers have been awarded the 2022 OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Award for Early-Career Women Scientists in the Developing World for their contributions to research that is helping tackle climate change and advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
- 2022 AAAS Annual Meeting
Finally, researchers have found a way to brew non-alcoholic beer that tastes just like regular beer. Even more, the method is far more sustainable than the existing brewing techniques. “It’s a game changer for non-alcoholic beer,” states researcher behind the new method.
- Nature Biotechnology