Nanometer thin membranes filtering boron and phosphorus from water

Microporous organic nanotube assisted design of high performance nanofiltration membranes

Based on the design of natural, porous organic nanotubes, Shuangqiao Han et al. fabricate 15 nm thin membranes that can be used for water purification, specifically to filter out boron and phosporus. 


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  • Designing efficient photonic neuromorphic systems remains a challenge. Here, the authors develop an in-sensor Reservoir Computing system for multi-tasked pattern classification based on a light-responsive semiconducting polymer (p-NDI) with efficient exciton dissociations, charge trapping capability, and through-space charge-transport characteristics.

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  • Under laser illumination it is possible to drive a ferromagnet to lose its magnetization. While this process can be rapid, remagnetization following this is slower, due to the universal critical slowing down near the phase transition. Here, Remy et al show how such a slowing down can be overcome, changing the direction of magnetization in 400 femtoseconds.

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  • Fisher et al. combine sediment geochemistry and climate modelling to reveal long-term synchrony between erosion rates and orbitally-driven climate oscillations in the tectonically-active southern Central Andes.

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  • Electrohydrodynamic features of dust storm turbulence have puzzled scientists for over a hundred years. Here, the authors reveal the characteristics of the multifield spectra in dust storms using a combined observational and theoretical approach.

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  • Here, using Citrobacter rodentium colonization of mice as a model, the authors characterize the impact of pathogen dose on the number of bacteria that initiate infection in the mouse gut, providing a framework for quantifying the host bottlenecks that eliminate pathogens to protect from infection.

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  • In this work, the authors show that metamorphism in the post-translationally modified TDP-43 prion-like domain encodes determinants that command mechanisms with major relevance in disease and stress the relevance of post-translationally modified chains as the targets for disease intervention.

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  • Most genetic studies of glucose levels have been done on fasting samples, which can be difficult to obtain. Here, the authors identify 156 genetic loci controlling the physiological variation of glucose levels in healthy non-fasting individuals, demonstrating that the results non-fasting samples can be used to predict fasting glucose levels.

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  • The development of photocatalysts is greatly hindered by false positives or non-reproducible data. Here, The authors describe the current known causes of non-reproducible results in the literature and present solutions to mitigate these false positive results.

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