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Pollen Could Help Create New Power Source

February 19, 2016 | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

The process involved pyrolysis, which entails heating biological material to an extent where it becomes carbon.

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Nanoparticles Present Sustainable Way to Grow Food Crops

May 2, 2016 2:02 pm | by Washington University in St. Louis | Comments

Scientists found a method for boosting crop growth through improving nutrient absorption. 

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Nuclear Pores Captured on Film

May 2, 2016 1:50 pm | by University of Basel | Comments

Researchers have filmed "living" nuclear pore complexes at work for the first time.

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Method Stabilizes, Enhances Phosphorene

May 2, 2016 1:38 pm | by Northwestern University | Comments

Engineers discover how to stabilize this element's reactivity to oxygen and water.

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All-Female Salamanders Regrow Tails 36% Faster

May 2, 2016 10:24 am | by Ohio State University | Comments

The lady salamander that shuns male companionship may reap important benefits.

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Novel Model Illustrates the Finer Details of Nuclear Fission

May 2, 2016 10:15 am | by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | Comments

For nearly 80 years, nuclear fission has awaited a description within a microscopic framework.

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Monkey Bars Alert—Playground Concussions on the Rise

May 2, 2016 2:00 am | by By Lindsey Tanner, Associated Press | Comments

Playground concussions are on the rise, according to a new government study.

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Mechanism Discovered for Plants to Regulate their Flowering in a Warming World

April 29, 2016 2:32 pm | by Monash University | Comments

A new mechanism has been discovered that enables plants to regulate their flowering in response to raised temperatures.

Light-Powered 3D Printer Creates Terahertz Lens

April 29, 2016 2:18 pm | by Northwestern University | Comments

Scientists have used metamaterials and 3D printing to develop a novel lens that works with terahertz frequencies. 

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Cooling Graphene-Based Film Close to Pilot-Scale Production

April 29, 2016 1:09 pm | by Chalmers University of Technology | Comments

Researchers have developed an efficient way of cooling electronics by using functionalized graphene nanoflakes. 

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How Scientists Design New Materials

April 29, 2016 8:58 am | by Gregory McColm, University of South Florida, The Conversation | Comments

One of the great technological challenges of this century is to design novel materials to satisfy given specifications.

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Gecko-Inspired Tool Used in War Against Dust

April 29, 2016 8:52 am | by Yale University | Comments

Micrometric and sub-micrometric contaminant particles can cause big problems for art conservators.

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Researchers Create 1-Step Graphene Patterning Method

April 29, 2016 8:52 am | by University of Illinois | Comments

Graphene is receiving immense scientific and technological interest.

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Cactus-Inspired Skin Gives Electric Cars a Spike

April 29, 2016 8:51 am | by CSIRO Australia | Comments

New type of membrane has the potential to significantly boost the performance of fuel cells.

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Origin of Earth's Oldest Crystals Revealed

April 29, 2016 8:51 am | by Trinity College Dublin | Comments

New research suggests that the oldest pieces of rock on Earth – zircon crystals – are likely to have formed in the craters left by violent asteroid impacts.

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Shape of Tumor May Affect Whether Cells Can Metastasize

April 28, 2016 12:31 pm | by University of Illinois | Comments

Only a few cells in a cancerous tumor are able to break away and spread to other parts of the body, but the curve along the edge of the tumor may play a large role in activating these tumor-seeding cells.

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