Bacteria in frog skin may help fight fungal infections in humans — ScienceDaily

In the past few decades, a lethal disease has decimated populations of frogs and other amphibians worldwide, even driving some species to extinction. Yet other amphibians resisted the epidemic. Based on previous research, scientists at the INDICASAT AIP, Smithsonian and collaborating institutions knew that skin bacteria could be protecting the animals by producing fungi-fighting compounds.…

Machine learning expands to help predict and characterize earthquakes — ScienceDaily

With a growing wealth of seismic data and computing power at their disposal, seismologists are increasingly turning to a discipline called machine learning to better understand and predict complicated patterns in earthquake activity. In a focus section published in the journal Seismological Research Letters, researchers describe how they are using machine learning methods to hone…

More efficient chemical processes across spectrum of industries — ScienceDaily

Chemical processes that are more efficient and less expensive may be coming to industries ranging from battery manufacturing to detergent production thanks to an Oregon State University researcher’s work advancing metal oxides as catalysts. The findings, by a collaboration that included scientists from the University of Delaware, were published in Nature Catalysis. A catalyst increases…

By blocking protein, researchers keep brain tumors from repairing themselves — ScienceDaily

Researchers at the San Diego branch of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research at University of California San Diego, with colleagues around the country, report that inhibiting activity of a specific protein in glioblastomas (GBM) boosts their sensitivity to radiation, thus improving treatment prospects for one of the most common and aggressive forms of brain…