Tool reveals molecular causes of disease, including infant cancer — ScienceDaily

Princeton University researchers are gaining new insights into the causes and characteristics of diseases by harnessing machine learning to analyze molecular patterns across hundreds of diseases simultaneously. Demonstrating a new tool now available to researchers worldwide, the team of computer scientists and biologists has already uncovered and experimentally confirmed previously unknown contributions of four genes…

Collaborative investigation reveals genetic spectrum of tic disorders, with more risk variants leading to more severe symptoms — ScienceDaily

A meta-analysis of multiple studies into the genetic background of Tourette’s syndrome (TS) — a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by chronic involuntary motor and vocal tics — finds that variants in hundreds of genes, working in combination, contribute to the development of the syndrome and suggests that Tourette’s is part of a continuous spectrum of tic…

Scientists develop a high-performance unipolar n-type thin-film transistor — ScienceDaily

Researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) report a unipolar n-type transistor with a world-leading electron mobility performance of up to 7.16 cm2 V-1 s-1. This achievement heralds an exciting future for organic electronics, including the development of innovative flexible displays and wearable technologies. Researchers worldwide are on the hunt for novel materials that…

Researchers find that clinging to soil particles slows degradation in new, gene-silencing pesticide — ScienceDaily

A new generation of pesticides can be used to control pest insects by compromising the bug’s ability to create essential proteins. These gene-silencing pesticides can be genetically engineered into agricultural crops such that these crops can literally grow their own defense. New research from the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis…

Method could simplify process of designing Helmholtz resonators — ScienceDaily

Noise-cancelling headphones have become a popular accessory for frequent flyers. By analyzing the background frequencies produced by an airplane in flight and generating an “anti-noise” sound wave that is perfectly out of phase, such headphones eliminate disturbing background sounds. Although the headphones can’t do anything about the cramped seating, they can make watching a film…