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No touching: Skoltech researchers find contactless way to measure thickness of carbon nanotube films

Scientists from Skoltech and their colleagues from Russia and Finland have figured out a non-invasive way to measure the thickness of single-walled carbon nanotube films, which may find applications in a wide variety of fields from solar energy to smart textiles.
Tags: Science, Russia, Finland, Skoltech


A new antibiotic binding site was found in the ribosome

A group of scientists from Russia, Germany and the United States, led by Skoltech scientists Ilya Osterman, Petr Sergiev, Olga Dontsova and Daniel Wilson from Hamburg University, studied the mechanism by which tetracenomycin X works, blocking the process of protein synthesis in bacteria. It turned out that it acts differently from the well-known antibiotic tetracycline, which gives good prospects for overcoming antibiotic resistance in bacteria.
Tags: Science, United States, Russia Germany, Daniel Wilson, Skoltech, Hamburg University, Ilya Osterman Petr Sergiev Olga Dontsova


Alternative to nitrogen: Oxygen plasma can improve the properties of electrode materials

A group of scientists from Skoltech and Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU) showed that nitrogen is not the only element that can help enhance the specific capacitance of supercapacitors.
Tags: Science, Skoltech, Lomonosov Moscow State University MSU


Product recommendation systems can help with search of antiviral drugs

Scientists from Skoltech and the Chumakov Federal Scientific Center for Research and Development of Immune-and-Biological Products of RAS checked the ability of artificial intelligence that suggest products to buy, recommend new antiviral compounds. The researchers found that advanced algorithms can effectively suggest both music, movies to buy, and compounds with antiviral activity.
Tags: Science, Skoltech


Scientists made a single-cell-resolution map of brain genes in humans and other primates

A group of scientists led by Philipp Khaitovich, a professor at Skoltech, conducted a large-scale study of gene expression in 33 different brain regions of humans, chimpanzees, macaques and bonobos using the single-cell-resolution transcriptomics technologies and made a map of the different brain regions with their specific cell structures. Such maps are highly valuable for the human evolution research
Tags: Science, Skoltech, Philipp Khaitovich


Here be methane: Skoltech scientists investigate the origins of a gaping permafrost crater

Researchers from Skoltech and their colleagues spent more than two years studying a 20-meter wide and 20-meter deep crater in the Yamal Peninsula in northern Russia that formed after an explosive release of gas, mostly methane, from the permafrost. They were able to deduce potential formation models for the discovered crater that has implications for geocryology and climate change studies.
Tags: Science, Russia, Yamal Peninsula, Skoltech


Worth their salt: Skoltech and MIPT researchers report first case of hexagonal NaCl

Skoltech and MIPT scientists have predicted and then experimentally confirmed the existence of exotic hexagonal thin films of NaCl on a diamond surface. These films may be useful as gate dielectrics for field effect transistors in electric vehicles and telecommunication equipment.
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Skoltech team reports an important step to making optical simulators real-world devices

A group of Skoltech scientists, in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Southampton (UK), developed a fully optical approach to control the couplings between polariton condensates in optical lattices. This study is an important step towards the practical application of optical polariton condensate lattices as a platform for simulating condensed matter phases.
Tags: Science, University of Southampton UK, Skoltech


Skoltech research shows how a 'Swiss Army knife' protein helps phages disarm their victims

Researchers from the Severinov Laboratory at Skoltech, along with their colleagues from Switzerland and Israel, have investigated a poorly studied bacterial BREX defense mechanism to show that it can be "turned off" by a multipurpose viral protein that successfully impersonates DNA. The paper was published in the journal Nucleic Acids Research.
Tags: Science, Israel, Switzerland, Swiss Army, Skoltech, Severinov Laboratory


Skoltech and MIPT scientists find a rule to predict new superconducting metal hydrides

The search for coveted high-temperature superconductors is going to get easier with a new 'law within a law' discovered by Skoltech and MIPT researchers and their colleagues, who figured out a link between an element's position in the Periodic Table and its potential to form a high-temperature superconducting hydride.
Tags: Science, MIPT, Skoltech


Skoltech researchers find a new HIT defense bacteria use against antibiotics

Scientists at the Severinov Laboratory in Skoltech and their colleagues from Russia and the US have uncovered a new mechanism of bacterial self-defense against microcin C, a potent antibiotic weapon in the microscopic world that can sometimes turn on its master.
Tags: Science, Russia, US, Skoltech, Severinov Laboratory


Efficiency of non-invasive brain stimulation for memory improvement: Embracing the challenge

A group of scientists from the Research Center of Neurology and Skoltech showed that human working memory can be tweaked using non-invasive magnetic stimulation of the brain. Also, they discovered that the effect of magnetic stimulation weakens as the brain works on a cognitive task under stimulation.
Tags: Science, Skoltech, Research Center of Neurology


Machine learning implemented for quantum optics by Skoltech scientists

As machine learning continues to surpass human performance in a growing number of tasks, scientists at Skoltech have applied deep learning to reconstruct quantum properties of optical systems.
Tags: Science, Skoltech


A consensus statement establishes the protocols to assess and report stability of perovskite photovoltaic devices

The existing characterization procedures to evaluate emerging photovoltaic devices are not appropriate for halide perovskite solar cells, a new generation of solar cells called to overcome the present state-of-the-art technologies. A vast group of scientists with Professor Pavel A. Troshin representing Skoltech has reached a consensus on the suitable procedures and the variables to be reported in stability studies of this kind of solar cells.
Tags: Science, Pavel, Skoltech


Scientists invent a new method of generating intense short UV vortices

An international group of scientists, including Skoltech Professor Sergey Rykovanov, has found a way to generate intense 'twisted' pulses. The vortices discovered by the scientists will help investigate new materials. The results of their study were published in the prestigious journal, Nature Communications.
Tags: Science, Skoltech, Sergey Rykovanov


Replacing one gas with another helps efficiently extract methane from permafrost

Scientists from Skoltech and Heriot-Watt University proposed extracting methane by injecting flue gas into permafrost hydrate reservoirs. Since the flue gas contains carbon dioxide, the new technology will also contributes to reduction of this greenhouse gas in the Arctic atmosphere. The results of their study were published in the journal Scientific reports.
Tags: Science, Heriot Watt University, Skoltech


A model will help to understand the solar dynamics

An international group of scientists, in cooperation with a research scientist from Skoltech, has developed a model to describe changes in solar plasma. This will help comprehend solar dynamics and gives some clues to understanding how to predict space weather events. The results have been published in The Astrophysical Journal.
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