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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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Volcano topography can distort ground deformation data

Cliff-like features could explain the anomalous measurements taken by tiltmeters deployed at Hawaii’s Kilauea and other volcanoes. Continue reading

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The hydrodynamics of a quantum fluid

The behavior of a one-dimensional gas of ultracold atoms confirms a generalized theory. Continue reading

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A glimpse of a planetary system’s final stages

Detailed spectroscopy measurements may help astronomers discover bodies orbiting white dwarfs. Continue reading

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Metal with Your Beer?

Heavy metal levels in commercial booze pose no health risk to most drinkers, but the findings could prompt discussions about industry standards for alcohol. Continue reading

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