Author Archives: rberkowitz

A community effort to understand plant-soil-aerosol interactions

An ecosystem-wide molecular-level understanding of source-sink interactions is vital for trapping atmospheric carbon and increasing plant productivity. Now, plant scientists, climatologists, and atmospheric chemists are joining forces to create just that.  Continue reading

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A chiral fluid has odd viscosity

Viscous forces drive wave propagation along a two-dimensional fluid’s free surface.  Continue reading

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A tiny swimmer generates rapid, far-reaching signals in water

Colonies of a single-celled organism synchronize their contractions to release toxins that may deter predators. Continue reading

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Arsenic-Eating Fern Hints at Cleanup Solutions

The Chinese brake fern’s genes let it safely store the poison. Continue reading

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Ultrafast signalling among aquatic single-celled organisms

Colonies of Spirostomum ambiguum synchronize to release toxins that may deter predators. Continue reading

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A big step for nanoporous graphene provides a small step for desalination

Carbon-nanotube reinforcement and template-based etching help scale up membranes. Continue reading

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Ultraviolet illumination helps birds avoid power lines

Birds are dying from power-line collisions—now there’s a solution. Read more in Scientific American (August 2019)…

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Addressing a 700-year-old problem: Reproducibility of results

More than 700 years ago, philosopher Roger Bacon argued that reproducible empirical results were essential to scientific progress.  Researchers today are finding new ways to address concerns related to robustness in scientific publications. Continue reading

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Nanoporous graphene for desalination

Carbon nanotube reinforcement and template-based etching help scale up membranes. Continue reading

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Iron-rich object closely orbits a white dwarf

The newly discovered object could be the core of a planet that survived the transition of its host star into a red giant. Continue reading

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