Lipid nanoparticles: The underrated invention behind the vaccine revolution

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Nada Salem, Chemistry editor The race to develop vaccines for COVID-19 marks the beginning of a new chapter in medicine: one where we have solutions for previously incurable diseases, more precise therapies, and phenomenally faster drug development. New frontiers in ribonucleic acid (RNA) medicine play a prominent role in this development. Ribonucleic acid is a short […]

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Beating covidsomnia

Nada Salem and Zahra Nasser, Chemistry co-editors Google searches for ‘insomnia’ have surged in the last few months, reflecting people’s concerns about their changing sleep patterns. Sleep is a complex process involving a network of mechanisms. When one mechanism falters, our sleep is negatively affected. An extreme example of this disruption is insomnia – a […]

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Do our dogs feel anything for us?

Dorottya Harangi, Health, Medicine and Veterinary Sciences editor You may have heard the story of a dog named Hachiko. Hachiko met his owner at the train station every day like clockwork to walk home with him. However, one day, his owner suffered a tragic accident and never came home again. Despite his owner’s death, Hachiko […]

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Planting cleaner air: Can roadside plants reduce air pollution?

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Katie Compton and Silvie Harder, Policy & Politics editors If you’ve gone shopping for a houseplant recently, you might have noticed that some species, like spider plants and peace lilies, are identified as having air-purifying qualities. This labelling isn’t just empty marketing. A study done by NASA 30 years ago tested the air-purifying capacity of […]

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