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Nobel Prize-Winning Chemist Helps Invent Synthetic Mucus
synthetic mucins
Inventions
Nobel Prize-Winning Chemist Helps Invent Synthetic Mucus
Mucins, the long proteins in mucus, have an array of bacteria-fighting properties. These artificial mucins can act like the real thing.
April 10, 2021

Mucins, the long proteins in mucus, have an array of bacteria-fighting properties. These artificial mucins can act like the real thing.

Aerospace
Will the Next Space Station Be Made of Fabric?
inflatable space habitat
Aerospace
Will the Next Space Station Be Made of Fabric?
NASA is considering an inflatable space habitat designed by Sierra Nevada Corporation as a potential space station of the future.
April 10, 2021

NASA is considering an inflatable space habitat designed by Sierra Nevada Corporation as a potential space station of the future.

Brain
Injectable “Glue” Helps Heal Traumatic Brain Injury in Rats
Traumatic Brain Injury
Brain
Injectable “Glue” Helps Heal Traumatic Brain Injury in Rats
By injecting a “brain glue” into rats, researchers were able to speed up their recovery after a traumatic brain injury.
April 10, 2021

By injecting a “brain glue” into rats, researchers were able to speed up their recovery after a traumatic brain injury.

Genetics
A Major Huntington's Trial Has Failed. Here's Why There Is Still Hope.
huntingtons disease treatment
Genetics
A Major Huntington's Trial Has Failed. Here's Why There Is Still Hope.
A simple genetic test can determine a person's fate for one of the worst diseases on the planet. But research offers new hope for Huntington's disease.
April 10, 2021

A simple genetic test can determine a person's fate for one of the worst diseases on the planet. But research offers new hope for Huntington's disease.

Robotics
Robot Dog Helps Military Students “Survive” Combat Training
military robot
Robotics
Robot Dog Helps Military Students “Survive” Combat Training
A military school recently used Spot, a robot dog developed by Boston Dynamics, during combat training exercises.
April 10, 2021

A military school recently used Spot, a robot dog developed by Boston Dynamics, during combat training exercises.

Genetics
Argentina’s Songbirds Explain a Mysterious Type of Speciation
sympatric speciation
Genetics
Argentina’s Songbirds Explain a Mysterious Type of Speciation
With the help of a group of songbirds, researchers have uncovered the mystery of an evolutionary process called “sympatric speciation.”
April 9, 2021

With the help of a group of songbirds, researchers have uncovered the mystery of an evolutionary process called “sympatric speciation.”

Animals
Fireflies May Use “Musical Armor” to Keep Bats at Bay
aposematic signal
Animals
Fireflies May Use “Musical Armor” to Keep Bats at Bay
Fireflies’ primary aposematic signal that they’re poisonous may not be visible to bats, so the bugs appear to have a second, sound-based warning sign.
April 8, 2021

Fireflies’ primary aposematic signal that they’re poisonous may not be visible to bats, so the bugs appear to have a second, sound-based warning sign.

Food
Spinach Skeleton Becomes Base for Lab-Grown Meat
lab-grown meat
Food
Spinach Skeleton Becomes Base for Lab-Grown Meat
After spinach leaves were stripped of their plant cells, the skeletons were used as a scaffold for lab-grown meat.
April 7, 2021

After spinach leaves were stripped of their plant cells, the skeletons were used as a scaffold for lab-grown meat.

Sustainability
What Is the Future of Wave Energy?
wave energy
Sustainability
What Is the Future of Wave Energy?
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved the first commercial-scale, utility grid-connected test site for wave energy.
April 6, 2021

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved the first commercial-scale, utility grid-connected test site for wave energy.

Food
These Movers Fight Food Insecurity One Home at a Time
food insecurity
Food
These Movers Fight Food Insecurity One Home at a Time
The nonprofit Move for Hunger works with local moving companies to collect and donate food people would normally throw away during a move.
April 5, 2021

The nonprofit Move for Hunger works with local moving companies to collect and donate food people would normally throw away during a move.

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