A community effort to understand plant-soil-aerosol interactions

celia3An 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.  Read more at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory…

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A chiral fluid has odd viscosity

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Viscous forces drive wave propagation along a two-dimensional fluid’s free surface.  Read more in Physics Today…

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

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Colonies of a single-celled organism synchronize their contractions to release toxins that may deter predators. Read more in Physics Today…

 

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Arsenic-Eating Fern Hints at Cleanup Solutions

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The Chinese brake fern’s genes let it safely store the poison. Read more in Scientific American…

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Ultrafast signalling among aquatic single-celled organisms

media_sizes_full_figure1-1Colonies of Spirostomum ambiguum synchronize to release toxins that may deter predators. Read more in Physics Today…

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

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Carbon-nanotube reinforcement and template-based etching help scale up membranes.  Read more in Physics Today…

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Ultraviolet illumination helps birds avoid power lines

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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

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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. Read more at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory…

 

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Nanoporous graphene for desalination

Figure 1B.jpgCarbon nanotube reinforcement and template-based etching help scale up membranes. Read more in Physics Today…

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Iron-rich object closely orbits a white dwarf

mirror.jpgThe newly discovered object could be the core of a planet that survived the transition of its host star into a red giant.  Read more in Physics Today…

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