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See-through, one-atom-thick, carbon electrodes powerful tool to study brain disorders
Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine and School of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania and The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia have used graphene—a two-dimensional form of carbon ...
Rounded crystals that mimic starfish shells could advance 3-D printing pills
In a design that mimics a hard-to-duplicate texture of starfish shells, University of Michigan engineers have made rounded crystals that have no facets.
Wild molecular interactions in a new hydrogen mixture
Hydrogen—the most abundant element in the cosmos—responds to extremes of pressure and temperature differently. Under ambient conditions hydrogen is a gaseous two-atom molecule. As confinement pressure ...
Researchers build reversible tractor beam that moves objects 100 times farther than other efforts
New iPad cellular models have Apple SIM flexibility
Measuring on ice: Researchers create 'smart' ice skating blade
An ice skating blade that informs figure skaters of the stresses they are imposing on their joints has been developed by a group of researchers in the US.
Tarantula toxin is used to report on electrical activity in live cells
Crucial experiments to develop a novel probe of cellular electrical activity were conducted in the Neurobiology course at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in 2013. Today, that optical probe, which combines ...
Built-in billboards: Male bluefin killifish signal different things with different fins
They help fish swim, but fins also advertise a fish's social standing and health. In a new study, researchers report that for the male bluefin killifish (Lucania goodei), each colorful fin presents its ow ...
Cold Atom Laboratory creates atomic dance
Like dancers in a chorus line, atoms' movements become synchronized when lowered to extremely cold temperatures. To study this bizarre phenomenon, called a Bose-Einstein condensate, researchers need to cool ...
Blocks will go beyond just imagining a snap-together smartwatch
Scientists track Internet usage as it pulses across the globe daily (w/ Video)
Researchers studying how big the Internet is have found that it "sleeps," almost like a living creature.
New study charts the fate of chemicals affecting health and the environment
Looking forward in science often requires looking back, evaluating trends to extrapolate future outcomes. A classic case is Moore's Law, which predicts that the density of components on an integrated circuit will double every ...
Scientists see how plants optimize their repair
Researchers led by a Washington State University biologist have found the optimal mechanism by which plants heal the botanical equivalent of a bad sunburn. Their work, published in the Proceedings of the Na ...