How bot flies affect mouse opossums, and how climate change can make it worse

The latest Paper of the Month for Parasitology is ‘How bot flies affect mouse opossums, and how climate change can make it worse’ by Emerson Vieira Two of the researchers associated with my lab, Priscilla L. Zangrandi, a PhD student at that time, and André F.


Will Gene Sequencing Lead to New Weed Control Strategies?

Palmer amaranth and waterhemp are two troublesome amaranthus species weeds that are resistant to multiple herbicides. They also have unique reproductive features.…


Chick embryo can discriminate different light wavelengths

The animal article of the month for August is ‘The effect of different wavelengths of light during incubation on the development of rhythmic pineal melatonin biosynthesis in chick embryos’ Melatonin is a neurohormone, which is involved in the control of day/night rhythms in a number of biochemical, physiological and behavioural processes.…


Introducing Data-Centric Engineering: an new open-access journal dedicated to the transformation of engineering science and practice

I am delighted to announce the launch of Data-Centric Engineering, a new open access journal which aims to develop the emerging nexus between all the fundamental Engineering and Data Sciences.…


Parasitic nematodes simultaneously suppress and benefit from coccidian coinfection in their natural mouse host

The latest Paper of the Month for Parasitology is ‘Parasitic nematodes simultaneously suppress and benefit from coccidian coinfection in their natural mouse host’ by Melanie Clerc, Andy Fenton, Simon A Babayan, Amy B Pedersen Infections with parasitic nematodes are a major threat to global health and affect millions of people across the globe.…


Controlling magnetism using an electric field: Peering into the future of microelectronics

Without a doubt, the field of microelectronics has transformed our lives. Computers, smartphones, the devices and servers forming the backbone of the internet, computer chips in automobiles, airplanes, and appliances—all of these have changed the way we live today—and they all rely on microelectronics developments over the past several decades.


Submissions now open for the 2019 MRS Bulletin Postdoctoral Publication Prize

The Materials Research Society is making strides toward helping postdoctoral researchers through a number of awards and opportunities offered solely to scholars as this early stage of their career. One of these initiatives is the prestigious MRS Bulletin Postdoctoral Publication Prize, now in its third year.


Malacosporean myxozoans exploit a diversity of fish hosts

The latest Paper of the Month for Parasitology is ‘Malacosporean myxozoans exploit a diversity of fish hosts’ by Juliana Naldoni, Edson A. Adriano, Ashlie Hartigan and Beth Okamura Parasitic diseases can represent major challenges for conservation and wildlife management on the one hand, and food production and recreational activities on the other.…


The path to future robotics is paved with materials

There has been a notable trend in storytelling toward the redemption of beings that were once considered purely evil. In fantasy, for example, dragons have evolved from simple, violent animals into noble beasts, often of near- or above-human intellect, who act as helpers of humanity or as heroes in their own right. In science fiction, we’ve seen a similar shift in the purpose and personality of robotic characters. In her article in the April 2019 issue of MRS Bulletin, Hortense Le Ferrand, recipient of the 2018 MRS Bulletin Postdoctoral Publication Prize, connects the emergence of benevolent robots to “the use of soft materials, characterized by conformability, colors, and constant adaptation to the environment.”


Can we predict breed suitability for different environments?

The animal article of the month for July is ‘Use of Geographic Information System tools to Predict Animal Breed Suitability for Different Agro-Ecological Zones’ Predicting breed suitability is challenging in livestock production.…


Q&A with Wireless Power Transfer Handling Editors

Wireless Power Transfer has welcomed new Executive Editors Patrick Hu, University of Auckland, New Zealand and Naoki Shinohara, Kyoto University, Japan as well as editorial board members Alessandra Costanzo, University of Bologna, Italy and Chunhua Liu, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong to the journal.…


Large-scale battery storage: Challenges and opportunities for technology and policy

Could a large-enough battery cushion the swings in wind and solar power? And can renewable energy be trusted, or are we just seeing technical challenges to implementation? In a recent review article published in MRS Energy & Sustainability, energy experts weigh in on these questions and consider the challenges and opportunities for technology and policy in relation to large-scale battery storage. The article also addresses a fascinating case study from South Australia, which currently houses the world's biggest battery.