Speed Bumps Less Important Than Potholes for Graphene

For electrical charges racing through an atom-thick sheet of graphene, occasional hills and valleys are no big deal, but the potholes—single-atom defects in the crystal—they’re killers.

U.S. considers penguin protection

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials are considering extending endangered species protection to 10 species of penguins in the southern hemisphere.

Space station crew gets rid of trash

The International Space Station crew is preparing for the arrival of another Russian cargo spacecraft by discarding no longer needed items.

Fla. Gov. warms to climate change

California and Florida already have similar climates and soon they will have similar policies on climate change.

Higher efficiency organic solar cell created

Using plastics to harvest the energy of the sun just got a significant boost in efficiency thanks to a discovery made at the Center for Polymers and Organic Solids at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Cells take risks with their identities

Biologists have long thought that a simple on/off switch controls most genes in human cells. Flip the switch and a cell starts or stops producing a particular protein. But new evidence suggests that this model is too simple ...

How plants learned to respond to changing environments

A team of John Innes centre scientists lead by Professor Nick Harberd have discovered how plants evolved the ability to adapt to changes in climate and environment. Plants adapt their growth, including key steps in their ...

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