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Pressurized vascular systems for self-healing materials

Artificial microvascular systems for self-repair of materials damage, such as cracks in a coating applied to a building or bridge, have relied on capillary force for transport of the healing agents. Now, researchers at the ...

dateSep 29, 2011 in Other
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Non-native earthworms are damaging hardwood forests

Think of earthworms and a few things come to mind: they make great bait for fishing, they aerate the soil, and they're an excellent addition to a compost pile. But what a lot of people don't know is many earthworms are actually ...

dateSep 13, 2011 in Ecology
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Forests under threat from exotic earthworm invasion

It is widely acknowledged that human beings are largely responsible for the widespread alteration of ecosystems on the planet. A recent study by Dara Seidl and Peter Klepeis of Colgate University in New York traces the ways ...

dateSep 01, 2011 in Ecology
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Nanomaterials in our environment

The manufacturing of nanomaterials has been steadily on the rise in the medical, industrial, and scientific fields. Nanomaterials are materials that are engineered to have dimensions less than 100 nanometers and have very ...

dateDec 15, 2010 in Bio & Medicine
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The worm that turned on heavy metal

Researchers in South America have studied the viability of using earthworms to process hazardous material containing high concentrations of heavy metal for the bioremediation of old industrial sites, landfill and other potentially ...

dateDec 06, 2010 in Environment
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Hedgehogs adapt to life in the city

(PhysOrg.com) -- More hedgehogs may now be living in towns and cities than in the countryside but how they trade off the risks and benefits of an urban environment has been little known -- until now. New ...

dateMay 26, 2010 in Plants & Animals
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Idaho scientists find fabled worm

(AP) -- Two living specimens of the fabled giant Palouse earthworm have been captured for the first time in two decades, University of Idaho scientists revealed on Tuesday.

dateApr 27, 2010 in Plants & Animals
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Ancient snakes living on Madagascar

"Blindsnakes are not very pretty, are rarely noticed, and are often mistaken for earthworms," admits Blair Hedges, professor of biology at Penn State University. "Nonetheless, they tell a very interesting ...

dateMar 31, 2010 in Plants & Animals
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