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How a Silly Putty ingredient could advance stem cell therapies

The sponginess of the environment where human embryonic stem cells are growing affects the type of specialized cells they eventually become, a University of...

Engineers design ‘living materials’

Hybrid materials combine bacterial cells with nonliving elements that can conduct electricity or emit light. Inspired by natural materials such as bone — a matrix...

MIT team creates bionic plants

Nanotechnology could turn shrubbery into supercharged energy producers or sensors for explosives Plants have many valuable functions: They provide food and fuel, release the oxygen...

‘Shaken, not stirred’: Oscillator drives electron spin

Contrary to many textbook illustrations, electrons aren’t just balls floating around an atom. In quantum theory, they’re more like little tops, exhibiting “spin,” and...

Tiny Twist in Graphene May Solve a Mystery

Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have discovered a unique new twist to the story of...

Speed Limit Set for Ultrafast Electrical Switch

Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have clocked the fastest-possible electrical switching in magnetite, a naturally magnetic mineral....

Hydrogen cars quickened by Copenhagen chemists

Climate friendly fuel cells for hydrogen cars have come one step closer. Researchers at the Department of Chemistry, University of Copenhagen, have shown how to...

Paper-thin e-skin responds to touch by lighting up

A new milestone by engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, can help robots become more touchy-feely, literally. A research team led by Ali Javey,...

Champion nano-rust for producing solar hydrogen

Water and some nano-structured iron oxide is all it takes to produce bubbles of solar hydrogen. EPFL and Technion scientists just discovered the champion...

Unexpected discovery of the ways cells move could boost understanding of...

A new discovery about how cells move inside the body may provide scientists with crucial information about disease mechanisms such as the spread of cancer...

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