Emerging technology could help extract lithium from new sources

As more drivers adopt plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles, the demand for lithium-ion batteries will continue to explode over the next decade. But processes for extracting lithium can be time-consuming…

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Ant colonies behave like neural networks when making decisions

Temperatures are rising, and one colony of ants will soon have to make a collective decision. Each ant feels the rising heat beneath its feet but carries along as usual…

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New structure found in cells

Every cell contains millions of protein molecules. Some of them have the ability to phase-separate to form non-membrane-bound compartments, called biomolecular condensates, inside a cell. It has long been assumed…

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Where once were black boxes, new LANTERN illuminates

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a new statistical tool that they have used to predict protein function. Not only could it help with…

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Where once were black boxes, NIST’s new LANTERN illuminates

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a new statistical tool that they have used to predict protein function. Not only could it help with…

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Male pheromones improve health of females’ eggs

Male pheromones just might be the fountain of youth for aging female animals’ eggs, according to a new Northwestern University study. In the new study, researchers used the tiny transparent…

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Loops for micro-organisms

On water, on land, and in the air — microorganisms are almost everywhere and are essential for all biogeochemical cycles on the planet. They are masters of degradation and transformation…

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Scaling laws in enzymes may help predict life ‘as we don’t know it’

The only references we have for “life” are the forms we know on Earth. Astrobiologists suspect that the search for alien life, and even for the origins of life on…

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The root of it: Understanding molecular basis of lateral root development in rice

The ability of rice plants to modify their root systems to adapt to the surrounding soil water conditions is a great example of a phenomenon called phenotype plasticity. However, the…

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Oregon State research uncovers key insight for restoration of globally important kelp forests

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Restoration efforts for kelp forests may be most effective in areas where the bedrock seafloor is highly contoured, research by Oregon State University suggests. Credit: Photo provided…

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