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Electric fish may hold answers to better understanding of sensory abilities...

The weakly electric fish, so named because it generates a weak electric field, can do some very cool things. Using sensors located all over...

Queen’s University professor uses nanotechnology to prolong machine and engine life

Guojun Liu has discovered a way to use nanotechnology to reduce friction in automobile engines and machines. "The technology should be useful in a wide range of machineries other than automobile engines," says Dr. Liu, a professor in the Department...

New scientific field will study ecological importance of sounds

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A Purdue University researcher is leading an effort to create a new scientific field that will use sound as a way to understand the ecological characteristics of a landscape and to reconnect people with the importance ...

3-D digital dinosaur track download: A roadmap for saving at-risk natural...

Portable laser scanning technology allows researchers to tote their latest fossil discovery from the field to the lab in the form of lightweight digital data stored on a laptop. But sharing that data as a 3D model with others requires standard f...

Neurobiologists find that weak electrical fields in the brain help neurons...

Pasadena, Calif. -- The brain -- awake and sleeping -- is awash in electrical activity, and not just from the individual pings of single neurons communicating with each other. In fact, the brain is enveloped in countless overlapping electric f...

Field study of smoggy inversions to end

SALT LAKE CITY, Feb. 2, 2011 -- During the past two months, researchers launched weather balloons, drove instrument-laden cars and flew a glider to study winter inversions that often choke Salt Lake City in smog and trap dirty air in ...

Arranged unions and distrust: The influence of parental choice on mate...

Groningen, The Netherlands -- February 1, 2011 -- Mate guarding is classified as excessive or unwarranted jealous or protective behavior towards a spouse or mate. This is common among many different species and can be useful to defend territory, g...

Waterhemp rears its ugly head … again

Waterhemp has done it again. University of Illinois researchers just published an article in Pest Management Science confirming that waterhemp is the first weed to evolve resistance to HPPD-inhibiting herbicides. "A fifth example of resistanc...

Insect eyes inspire improved solar cells

WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 -- The eyes of moths, which allow them to see well at night, are also covered with a water-repellent, antireflective coating that makes their eyes among the least reflective surfaces in nature and helps them hide from predators ...

Advance could speed use of genetic material RNA in nanotechnology

Scientists are reporting an advance in overcoming a major barrier to the use of the genetic material RNA in nanotechnology -- the field that involves building machines thousands of times smaller than the width of a human hair and now is dominated ...

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