Scientists find industrial pollutants in Eastern Lake Erie carp

Researchers from Upstate New York institutions, including the University at Buffalo, have documented elevated levels of two industrial pollutants in carp in eastern Lake Erie, adding to the body of scientific work demonstrating ...

Plasmonic metamaterials: From microscopes to invisibility cloaks

(PhysOrg.com) -- A new class of artificial materials called metamaterials -- which derive their properties from carefully engineered, nanostructured building blocks rather than from their chemical composition -- may one day ...

Mexico to pioneer iris technology on ID cards

Mexico will on Monday become the first country to start using iris scans for identity cards, according to the government, which claims the scheme will be highly secure.

Fool's gold catches eye of solar energy researchers

Iron pyrite - also known as fool's gold - may be worthless to treasure hunters, but it could become a bonanza to the solar industry. The mineral, among the most abundant in the earth's crust, is usually discarded by coal ...

Soft grip: Pneumatic elastomers as robotic arms

(PhysOrg.com) -- It looks like a starfish made of soft plastic. When air is blown into it through a thin tube it comes to life and the starfish closes like a hand. It does this so gently that it can grasp a raw egg without ...

Drought response in grapes studied

A student's scholarship-winning project at South Dakota State University may help scientists better understand how grapes and other plants respond to drought.

Forensics: A call for evidence

Many people today rely heavily on instant messaging services such as AIM, Windows Live Messenger and Google Talk for communications, and an increasing number of users are accessing these online chat services from their mobile ...

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