Electrification of commercial airliner

Solar powered airplanes have been demonstrated where solar power generated by the onboard solar panels are used to power the electric motors propelling the aircraft forward. In the night, batteries storing the excess energy generated by the solar panels are used to power the electric motor. Thus, what is the barrier to the full electrification … More Electrification of commercial airliner

Conserved mass peaks of bacteria at the genus level

Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) has been validated to be useful in identifying many microbial species to the species level. However, the approach relies on the existence of different mass peaks between different microbial species. Such differences manifest as differences in mass peak distribution in mass spectra of microbes that could be … More Conserved mass peaks of bacteria at the genus level

Conformal outsole of New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v2

Outsole of running shoes typically do not flex in response to the feet landing on the ground. However, New Balance has designed conformal outsole that flexes in response to each stride landing on the ground. Specifically, New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v2’s outsole flexes in response to the feet landing on the ground, which delivers … More Conformal outsole of New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v2

Retarded swarming motility in Bacillus subtilis NRS-762 and Pseudomonas aeruginosa PRD-10

Swarming motility is the collective coordinated movement of bacterial cells across a solid surface for colonizing new habitats such as during times of nutritional stress. Propelled by multiple flagella attached to the cell and aided by secreted surfactants and lubricants, swarming motility typically forms complex motility patterns during culture of the bacteria on solid agar … More Retarded swarming motility in Bacillus subtilis NRS-762 and Pseudomonas aeruginosa PRD-10

Informatic challenge in MALDI-TOF imaging mass spectrometry

Imaging mass spectrometry is a relatively new concept in mass spectrometry application that seeks to profile the ensemble of biomolecules in a tissue or sample. Useful for detecting and analysing biomolecules present in a sample in a large area format, imaging mass spectrometry generates huge datasets that must be annotated to obtain rich biological information … More Informatic challenge in MALDI-TOF imaging mass spectrometry

Interstellar visitor to Earth’s neighbourhood

An elongated astronomical object of reddish hue recently visited Earth’s neighbourhood. Trajectory analysis of the astronomical object revealed that it originated from interstellar space and is not an asteroid or comet that orbits our Sun. The finding opens up the possibility of finding more interstellar astronomical objects that visit our Solar System by tuning into … More Interstellar visitor to Earth’s neighbourhood

Gravitational forces could not disintegrate a moon of a planet

Rings around planets are thought to be formed, in part, by the disintegration of small moons by the gravitational forces of the parent planet. However, this is unlikely to be the case as moons around a planet are compositionally different from asteroids or comets. In particular, moons are formed through a nucleation process where smaller … More Gravitational forces could not disintegrate a moon of a planet

Theoretical ribosomal protein mass fingerprint database

Ribosomal proteins constitute the large and small subunit of the ribosome. Given the highly conserved nature of ribosomes, ribosomal proteins are expected to be similarly conserved. However, theoretical calculations of the molecular mass of ribosomal proteins of different species revealed the existence of distinct molecular mass fingerprint of ribosomal proteins from individual species. Such ribosomal … More Theoretical ribosomal protein mass fingerprint database

Productivity potential of self-driving container trucks

Self-driving container trucks offer the potential to reduce manpower needs at container ports as well as improving workflows of container movement within the port. However, the relatively low speeds at which the self-driving container trucks are capable of moving while retaining autonomous mode of control might reduce the overall productivity of the port compared to … More Productivity potential of self-driving container trucks

Bacillus subtilis NRS-762 is not suitable as model organism for microbial survivability studies

Bacillus subtilis is a common Gram-positive soil bacterium with important applications in biotechnology. Specifically, it is frequently used as the production host for a variety of value-added products or pharmaceuticals. Possessing a variety of differentiation pathways for coping with nutrient starvation, the bacterium is also a model organism for studying how bacteria cope with low … More Bacillus subtilis NRS-762 is not suitable as model organism for microbial survivability studies