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Deep learning analysis of tissue micrographs for improved diagnostics of kidney diseases

David Hölscher, Nassim Bouteldja et al. present a deep learning method for identification of specific features associated with non-tumor kidney disease in histological images.


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  • Cooperative transitions have acquired much attention for low transition barriers, ultrafast kinetics, and structural reversibility but cooperative transitions are rare in molecular crystals and their origin is poorly understood. Here the authors show that reorientation of the alkyl side chains in a 2-dimensional quinoidal terthiophene triggers cooperative behavior, and establish alkyl chain engineering to control the polymorphic behavior.

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    • Bumjoon Seo
    • Ying Diao
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  • Uracil was identified in the sample returned from the asteroid Ryugu. Having been provided to the early Earth as a component in such asteroidal materials, these molecules might have played a role for prebiotic chemical evolution on the early Earth

    • Yasuhiro Oba
    • Toshiki Koga
    • Yuichi Tsuda
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  • Visualization of large complex networks is challenging with limitations for the network size and depicting specific structures. The authors propose a Graph Neural Network based algorithm with improved speed and the quality of graph layouts, which allows for fast and informative visualization of large networks.

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    • Nima Dehmamy
    • Albert-László Barabási
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  • A more equitable global distribution of vaccines can benefit the world, while a multilateral benefit-sharing instrument needs to be developed to remove some of the disincentives for early equitable vaccines distribution globally.

    • Daoping Wang
    • Ottar N. Bjørnstad
    • Nils C. Stenseth
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  • Establishing sustainable approaches for human space exploration is key to achieve independency from terrestrial resources, as well as for ethical considerations. Here the authors highlight microbial biotechnologies that will support sustainable processes for space-based in situ resource utilization and loop-closure, and may be translatable to Earth applications.

    • Rosa Santomartino
    • Nils J. H. Averesch
    • Luis Zea
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  • There are conflicting results on the effectiveness of pharmacologic interventions for suicide prevention in adolescence. Here, the authors show, in a retrospective registry study from Sweden during 2016–2020, that regional utilization rates of clozapine, electroconvulsive therapy and lithium in 15–19-year-olds were associated with lower excess suicide death rates in male adolescents

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    • Peter Andersson
    • Jussi Jokinen
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  • The process of patenting inventions may be complex. Academic researchers whose primary goal is getting their work published in scientific journals often face daunting doubts when it comes to understanding the interplay between publishing and patenting their findings. We asked Prof Frank Tietze questions from the perspective of academic researchers who wish to understand how the patenting process works and—most importantly—the relation between patenting and publishing.

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  • A recent study from Nature Communications reveals that Mycobacterium tuberculosis can hijack epigenetic machinery in host cells and induce host cell ferroptosis, which promotes pathogen pathogenicity and spread. These findings also suggest new therapeutic strategies to treat tuberculosis.

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  • Supramolecular chemistry based on cyclodextrin receptors as second-sphere ligands contribute to developing non-covalent materials with synergistic functionalities. Herein, we comment on a recent investigation of this concept, describing selective gold recovery through a hierarchical host-guest assembly specifically built from β-CD.

    • Anne Ponchel
    • Eric Monflier
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  • NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission intentionally impacted the asteroid Dimorphos on September 26, 2022, and this kinetic impact changed Dimorphos’ orbit around its binary companion Didymos. This first planetary defense test explored technological readiness for this method of asteroid deflection.

    • Andrew S. Rivkin
    • Andrew F. Cheng
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  • A large proportion of recent Brazilian Amazon deforestation is occurring on untitled public forestlands through land grabbing. This emerging risk demands long-term conservation strategies. Here we propose prioritizing land tenure security, technological improvement, and law enforcement.

    • Paulo Moutinho
    • Claudia Azevedo-Ramos
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