Study connects decomposing body’s BMI to surrounding soil microbes

mSphere (2022). DOI: 10.1128/msphere.00325-22″ width=”800″ height=”529″/> During human decomposition, host-associated microbes, environmental microbes, insects, and scavengers work together to break down body tissues. Liquified decomposition products are flushed into soil where microbes respond to the influx and changes in soil chemistry. Antemortem conditions, such as body mass, age, diet, diseases, or drugs and other treatments, … Read more

Unraveling a mystery surrounding cosmic matter

Yanou Cui is an associate professor of physics and astronomy at UC Riverside. Credit: I. Pittalwala/UC Riverside. Early in its history, shortly after the Big Bang, the universe was filled with equal amounts of matter and “antimatter”—particles that are matter of counterparts but with opposite charge. But then, as space expanded, the universe cooled. Today’s … Read more

Influence of nanoparticles, surrounding ions on formation of β-sheet structure in amyloid β proteins

Infrared (FT-IR) spectra and β-sheet ratio of Aβ peptides interacting with CeF3 NPs. The effect of CeF3 nanoparticles on amyloid beta protein structure is measured directly with FT-IR spectroscopy. The formation of secondary structure shows up as a feature in the IR spectrum. Credit: Masakazu Umezawa / Tokyo University of Science, License type: CC BY … Read more