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What Makes Fireflies Glow? (Video)

As fireflies are delighting children across the country with their nighttime displays, scientists are closing in on a better understanding of how the insects produce their enchanting glow.
1-Jul-2015 1:05 PM EDT

Implantable 'Artificial Pancreas' Could Help Diabetes Patients Control Their Blood Sugar


Living with Type 1 diabetes requires constant monitoring of blood sugar levels and injecting insulin daily. The development of an implantable "artificial pancreas" that continuously measures a person's blood sugar, or glucose, level and can...
1-Jul-2015 1:05 PM EDT

Producing Fuel From Canada Oil Sands Emits More Carbon Than From US Crude


The production of petroleum from Canada's oil sands is on the rise with much of it destined for U.S. refineries. The current oil sands production of fuels from "well-to-wheels" releases about 20 percent more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than...
1-Jul-2015 1:05 PM EDT

Should Scientists Be Allowed to Genetically Alter Human Embryos?


Scientists have at their disposal a way to explore the possible prevention of genetic diseases before birth. But should they?
1-Jul-2015 1:05 PM EDT

Air Pollutants Could Boost Potency of Common Airborne Allergens

A pair of air pollutants linked to climate change could also be major contributors to the unparalleled rise in the number of people sneezing, sniffling and wheezing during allergy season. The gases, nitrogen dioxide and ground-level ozone, appear to...
1-Apr-2015 8:00 AM EDT

Novel Plastic Could Spur New Green Energy Applications, ‘Artificial Muscles’


A plastic used in filters and tubing has an unusual trait: It can produce electricity when pulled or pressed. This ability has been used in small ways, but now researchers are coaxing fibers of it to make even more electricity for a wider range of...
10-Mar-2015 8:00 AM EDT

Food Additive Could Serve as a Safer, More Environmentally Friendly Antifreeze


The sweet taste and smell of antifreeze tempts children and animals to drink the poisonous substance, resulting in thousands of accidental poisonings in the United States every year. But today researchers will describe a new, nontoxic product...
10-Mar-2015 8:00 AM EDT

Algae From Clogged Waterways Could Serve as Biofuels and Fertilizer


Water-borne algal blooms from farm fertilizer runoff can destroy aquatic life and clog rivers and lakes, but scientists will report today that they are working on a way to clean up these environmental scourges and turn them into useful products. The...
10-Mar-2015 8:00 AM EDT

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New Ingredients Keep Us Screaming for Ice Cream

Scientists in Wisconsin have discovered an ingredient that prevents the formation of ice crystals that can spoil the smooth, silky texture of ice cream and other frozen foods. The substance, which acts like an antifreeze, is non-toxic and doesn't...
13-Jun-2008 1:00 PM EDT

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