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Making Fuel From Light

Refined by nature over a billion years, photosynthesis has given life to the planet, providing an environment suitable for the smallest, most primitive organism all the way to our own species. While scientists have been studying and mimicking the natural phenomenon in the laboratory for years, understanding how to replicate the chemical process behind it has largely remained a mystery — until now.

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Study Provides Insights Into the Mechanisms of Fine-Tuning of Wheat to Diverse Environments

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A Kansas State University researcher has helped identify the last major vernalization gene in wheat. Vernalization genes define when the plant begins to flower and is critical for adaptation to different environments. The finding will help wheat breeders design wheat varieties that can adapt and thrive in changing environments around the world.

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Blueberry Extract Could Help Fight Gum Disease and Reduce Antibiotic Use

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Scientists have discovered that wild blueberry extract could help prevent dental plaque formation.

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American Volcanoes: Complacency, Uncertainty Contribute to Risks

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To combat complacency and improve disaster preparedness, a University at Buffalo researcher is heading a new project focusing on two locations: Kīlauea in the Hawaiian Islands, and the Long Valley caldera and volcanic field in eastern central California.

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Cooperative Carbon Capture by a Novel Material that Mimics a Plant Enzyme

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Scientists discovered a material that exhibits an unprecedented mechanism for carbon dioxide capture-and-release with only small shifts in temperature. The material’s structure closely resembles an enzyme found in plants that captures carbon dioxide for conversion into nutrients.

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ORNL-Developed Building Efficiency Software Now Available

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A set of automated calibration techniques for tuning residential and commercial building energy efficiency software models to match measured data is now available as an open source code. The Autotune code is available on GitHub.

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UAH Researchers Plan Conference to Probe Agricultural Sustainability

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Planning for more sustainable U.S. agriculture will be the topic of an Oct. 21-23 workshop in Boulder, Colo., by researchers from The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

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Two-Color X-Rays Give Scientists 3-D View of the Unknown

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Scientists can now get a high-resolution view of a sample or the details of the first steps in ultra-fast processes, thanks to researchers at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory’s Linac Coherent Light Source.