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How gecko feet got sticky

A study offers evidence that small morphological changes can lead to large changes in function. The gecko adhesive apparatus, one of the most spectacular innovations displayed by vertebrates, has been intensively studied for the last 16 years and is of considerable interest to nanotechnologists and biomimeticists.

Posted: Oct 7th, 2016

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Cellular thermometer

A technique that uses fluorescent dyes to measure the temperature inside living cells is helping to reveal the mechanism by which living organisms generate heat.

Posted: Oct 7th, 2016

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Disorderly conduct

An analysis of electron behavior explains why the phase-change material iron-tellurium best conducts electricity in its disordered amorphous phase.

Posted: Oct 7th, 2016

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Fast energy transport between unlike partners

Chemists have combined different dye molecules in aggregates and thereby observed surprising properties. Their discovery may help to use sunlight more efficiently for the generation of energy.

Posted: Oct 6th, 2016

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Small droplets feel the vibe

Researchers have used ultrasonic forces to accurately pattern thousands of microscopic water-based droplets. Each droplet can be designed to perform a biochemical experiment, which could pave the way for highly efficient lab-on-a-chip devices with future applications in drug discovery and clinical diagnostics.

Posted: Oct 6th, 2016

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Play video games, advance science

Computer gaming is now a regular part of life for many people. Beyond just being entertaining, though, it can be a very useful tool in education and in science.

Posted: Oct 6th, 2016

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