A bit of a detour into neuroscience today with a look at the chemical structures of some of the major neurotransmitters in the brain. Inspired in part by this post on the chemicals related to various emotions.
All available to download as free A3 PDFs at the bottom of the accompanying post (http://wp.me/p4aPLT-6C).
Lasers light the way to new drugs
Look beyond the pretty lights and lasers and you will see a Total Internal Reflection Fluorescence Array; a special type of model microscope that allows for multiple drug tests to be run simultaneously.
The test works by putting a drug and marker proteins inside an artificial cell, and then measures the effect the drug has on the speed that ions move into the cell.
This equipment, although only a concept device, could be key to new drug developments.
Images taken by BBSRC-funded James Berridge at Oxford University.
For more BBSRC-funded research go to: http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/home/home.aspx
Or for some images looking down a light microscope go to: http://tmblr.co/ZtJ7bq16-Vzls.
Losses from extreme floods in Europe could more than double by 2050, because of climate change and socioeconomic development. Understanding the risk posed by large-scale floods is of growing importance and will be key for managing climate adaptation.
Current flood losses in Europe are likely to double by 2050, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change by researchers from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the Institute for Environmental Studies in Amsterdam, and other European research centers. Socioeconomic growth accounts for about two-thirds of the increased risk, as development leads to more buildings and infrastructure that could be damaged in a flood. The other third of the increase comes from climate change, which is projected to change rainfall patterns in Europe.