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Incremental discovery may one day lead to photosynthetic breakthrough
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Photosynthesis is one of the most complicated and important processes -- responsible for kick-starting Earth's food chain. While we have modeled its more-than-100 major steps, scientists are still discovering the purpose of proteins that can be engineered to increase yield. Now researchers have uncovered secrets about another protein, CP12 -- the full understanding of which may provide an additional route to boost yields in the future. www.sciencedaily.com/releas...
Tiny 'motors' are driven by light
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Researchers have simulated the first system in which particles can be manipulated by a beam of ordinary light. The advance brings us closer to real-world interactions between light and matter at atomic scales. www.sciencedaily.com/releas...
Could humans ever regenerate a heart? A new study suggests the answer is 'yes'
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A new study's findings point to potential for tweaking communication between human genes and advancing our ability to treat heart conditions and stimulate regenerative healing. www.sciencedaily.com/releas...
Moisture-responsive 'robots' crawl with no external power source
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Using an off-the-shelf camera flash, researchers turned an ordinary sheet of graphene oxide into a material that bends when exposed to moisture. They then used this material to make a spider-like crawler and claw robot that move in response to changing humidity without the need for any external power. www.sciencedaily.com/releas...
Higher IQ in childhood is linked to a longer life
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Higher intelligence (IQ) in childhood is associated with a lower lifetime risk of major causes of death, including heart disease, stroke, smoking related cancers, respiratory disease and dementia, finds a new study. www.sciencedaily.com/releas...
Why the 'peculiar' stands out in our memory
Memories that stick with us for a lifetime are those that fit in with a lot of other things we remember – but have a slightly weird twist. It’s this notion of ‘peculiarity’ that can help us understand what makes lasting memories. www.sciencedaily.com/releas...
One billion suns: World's brightest laser sparks new behavior in light
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Using the brightest light ever produced on Earth, physicists have changed the way light behaves. www.sciencedaily.com/releas...
Ultra-thin camera creates images without lenses
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Engineers have built a camera that does not need lenses to focus light. It can switch from a fish-eye to a telephoto lens instantaneously. www.sciencedaily.com/releas...
Parkinson's is partly an autoimmune disease, study finds
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Researchers have found the first direct evidence that autoimmunity plays a role in Parkinson's disease, suggesting that immunosuppressants might play a role in treatment. www.sciencedaily.com/releas...
Neuroscientists rewire brain of one species to have connectivity of another
Scientists have rewired the neural circuit of one species and given it the connections of another species to test a hypothesis about the evolution of neural circuits and behavior. www.sciencedaily.com/releas...