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Researchers use earthworms to create quantum dots

(Phys.org)—British researchers at King's College in London have succeeded in creating quantum dots by feeding earthworms soil laced with certain metals and then collecting the material excreted. They describe ...

Dec 28, 2012 report
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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.

Apr 27, 2010
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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 ...

Mar 31, 2010
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Global worming: Earthworms add to climate change

(Phys.org)—Earthworms are long revered for their beneficial role in soil fertility, but with the good comes the bad: they also increase greenhouse gas emissions from soils, according to a study published Feb. 3 in Nature Cl ...

Feb 05, 2013
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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 ...

Dec 06, 2010
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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 ...

Sep 29, 2011
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