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Copper on the Brain at Rest

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A new study by Berkeley Lab researchers has shown that proper copper levels are essential to the health of the brain at rest.

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New Plastic that Disappears When You Want It To

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Plastic populates our world through everything from electronics to packaging and vehicles. Once discarded, it resides almost permanently in landfills and oceans. A discovery by researchers at North Dakota State University, Fargo, holds scientific promise that could lead to a new type of plastic that can be broken down when exposed to a specific type of light and is reduced back to molecules, which could then be used to create new plastic. The research by the Center for Sustainable Materials Science is published in Angewandte Chemie.

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Tropical Inspiration for an Icy Problem

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Ice poses major impediments to winter travel, accumulating on car windshields and airplane wings and causing countless unsuspecting pedestrians to dramatically lose their balance. A team of researchers from Arizona State University (ASU) has developed a new way to prevent ice buildup on surfaces like airplane wings, finding inspiration in an unusual source: the poison dart frog.

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Researchers Characterize a Protein Mutation That Alters Tissue Development in Males Before Birth

Case Western Reserve researchers have identified a protein mutation that alters specific gender-related tissue in males before birth and can contribute to cancer and other less life-threatening challenges. The findings appear in the November 21 edition of the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

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Scientists Get to the Heart of Fool's Gold as a Solar Material

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As the installation of photovoltaic solar cells continues to accelerate, scientists are looking for inexpensive materials beyond the traditional silicon that can efficiently convert sunlight into electricity. Theoretically, iron pyrite could do the job, but when it works at all, the conversion efficiency remains frustratingly low. Now, a University of Wisconsin-Madison research team explains why that is, in a discovery that suggests how improvements in this promising material could lead to inexpensive yet efficient solar cells.

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Esther Conwell, Pioneering Professor of Chemistry, Dead at 92

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Esther M. Conwell, research professor of chemistry at the University of Rochester and recipient of a National Medal of Science, died in a motor vehicle accident Sunday at the age of 92.

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Electronic 'Tongue' to Ensure Food Quality

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An electronic "tongue" could one day sample food and drinks as a quality check before they hit store shelves. Or it could someday monitor water for pollutants or test blood for signs of disease.

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Space: The Final Frontier in Silicon Chemistry

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Silicon, which is one of the most common elements in the Earth’s crust, is also sprinkled abundantly throughout interstellar space. The only way to identify silicon-containing molecules in the far corners of the cosmos – and to understand the chemistry that created them – is to observe through telescopes the electromagnetic radiation the molecules emit.

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Catalyst-Where-You-Want-It Method Expands the Possibilities for New Drug Development

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Chemists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) and the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry have described a method for creating and modifying organic compounds that overcomes a major limitation of previous methods.

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'Rewriting' the Way to Make Natural Drug Compounds

Study shows that one way to solve problems of synthesis of natural compounds is to figure out how an organism solves the problem itself, and then modify it for a particular use.

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