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Scientists Create Plants That Can Detect Explosives

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Plants don’t communicate well—at least not with humans. Scientists at MIT have figured out how to bridge the human-plant gap in an interesting way. Researchers have developed a plant that can signal to […]

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Energy Company Makes Shoes From Power Plant Carbon Emissions

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Carbon dioxide emissions are the primary culprit in global climate change, so there’s a lot of interest in finding ways to capture the carbon from emissions. If it can’t get into the atmosphere, […]

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iPhone 8 might be made from zirconia ceramic

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The iPhone 7 body is made from aluminum, as are many other high-end smartphones. What’s Apple’s next step, though? The new high-end variant of the Apple Watch might offer some clues. The Apple […]

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This material is so black that it’s like a hole in the universe you can hold in your hand

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When is black not really black? When you compare it to Vantablack, a material developed by UK-based Surrey Nanosystems. We got our first glimpse of Vantablack in 2014 — although you can’t actually […]

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Stanford’s cheap nanomaterial filter could solve the air pollution problem

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The rapidly increasing industrialization in many parts of the world comes with economic benefits, but also serious long-term health and environmental consequences. Stanford professor Yi Cui had become increasingly concerned about the air […]

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