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Nuclear bomb tests help determine age of largest fish on Earth

Nuclear bomb tests during the Cold War in the 1950s and 1960s have helped scientists accurately estimate the age of whale sharks, the biggest...

Can gold hold up as electronics shrink to nanoscale?

Deep inside computer chips, tiny wires made of gold and other conductive metals carry the electricity used to process data. But as these interconnected circuits...

Can soap really ‘kill’ the coronavirus

Constantly being told to wash your hands? Us, too. So we're diving into the chemistry behind why soap is so effective against viruses like the coronavirus...

New material design has put artificial photosynthesis within reach

Scientist Heinz Frei has spent decades working toward building an artificial version of one of nature's most elegant and effective machines: The leaf. Researchers around the...

Fish scales could make wearable electronics more sustainable

Flexible temporary electronic displays may one day make it possible to sport a glowing tattoo or check a reading, like that of a stopwatch,...

Scientists find the origins of the building blocks of life

Rutgers researchers have discovered the origins of the protein structures responsible for metabolism: Simple molecules that powered early life on Earth and serve as chemical...

Scientists solve a mystery in 126 dimensions

One of the fundamental mysteries of chemistry has been solved by Australian scientists. The result may have implications for future designs of solar cells, organic...

New material could turn clothing into a health monitor

Researchers have reported a new material, pliable enough to be woven into fabric but imbued with sensing capabilities that can serve as an early...

Scientists find a better way to build diamonds

With the right amount of pressure and surprisingly little heat, a substance found in fossil fuels can transform into pure diamond. It sounds like alchemy:...

Not all BPA-free products are safe, study shows

In a new study, researchers found that using "BPA-free" plastic products could be as harmful to human health -- including a developing brain --...

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Universe’s expansion may not be the same in all directions, says new study

One of the fundamental ideas of cosmology is that everything looks the same in all directions if you look over large enough distances. A new...

Tiny robots could swim through the body and deliver drugs to tumors

Tiny biohybrid robots on the micrometer scale can swim through the body and deliver drugs to tumors or provide other cargo-carrying functions. The natural environmental...

This compound in common vegetables may help fight fatty liver disease

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, or NAFLD, occurs when the liver becomes “marbled” with fat, sometimes due to unhealthy nutrition, such as excessive intake of...

Common arthritis drug linked to higher skin cancer risk

Methotrexate is a common drug with a long history; for the past 40 years, it’s been used to treat a range of diseases. Today it...

Mindfulness may benefit people with common bowel diseases

In a new study, researchers found that people with irritable bowel syndrome experienced fewer gut symptoms after they participated in a mindfulness program meant...

Whether marijuana could reduce pain is unclear, new study shows

In a new study, researchers found that medical marijuana users who say they have high levels of pain are more likely than those with...