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  • Scientists reveal regions of the brain where serotonin promotes patience
    In a study on mice scientists pinpoint specific areas of the brain that individually promote patience through the action of serotonin.... Read more »
  • Study of threatened desert tortoises offers new conservation strategy
    A new study supports a new conservation strategy. Climate change increasingly makes relocating threatened species necessary, despite the frequently low success rate. The study found tortoises with lots of genetic variation were much more likely to survive after their relocation. The research supports this fast, inexpensive conservation tool, and upends... Read more »
  • Study revealing the secret behind a key cellular process refutes biology textbooks
    New research has identified and described a cellular process that, despite what textbooks say, has remained elusive to scientists until now -- precisely how the copying of genetic material that, once started, is properly turned off.... Read more »
  • A route for avoiding defects during additive manufacturing
    Research reveals how pores form during metals additive manufacturing and become defects trapped in solidifying metal. The practical value of this research is that it can inform industry on how to predict and improve 3D printing processes.... Read more »
  • Understanding traditional Chinese medicine can help protect species
    Demystifying traditional Chinese medicine for conservationists could be the key to better protecting endangered species like pangolins, tigers and rhino, according to researchers. Efforts to shift entrenched values and beliefs about Chinese medicine are not achieving conservation gains in the short term.... Read more »
  • Electronic skin has a strong future stretching ahead
    (King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST)) Soft, stretchy, slimline and strong electronics could accelerate the arrival of artificial skin.... Read more »
  • A route for avoiding defects during additive manufacturing
    (College of Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University) Research published in Science reveals how pores form during metals additive manufacturing and become defects trapped in solidifying metal. The practical value of this research is that it can inform industry on how to predict and improve 3D printing processes.... Read more »
  • Study revealing the secret behind a key cellular process refutes biology textbooks
    (Ohio State University) New research has identified and described a cellular process that, despite what textbooks say, has remained elusive to scientists until now -- precisely how the copying of genetic material that, once started, is properly turned off.... Read more »
  • German researchers compile world's largest inventory of known plant species
    (German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig) Researchers at Leipzig University and the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) have compiled the world's most comprehensive list of known plant species. It contains 1,315,562 names of vascular plants, thus extending the number by some 70,000 - equivalent to about... Read more »
  • Pitt researchers create nanoscale slalom course for electrons
    (University of Pittsburgh) "We already know how to shoot electrons ballistically through one-dimensional nanowires made from these oxide materials," explains Levy. "What is different here is that we have changed the environment for the electrons, forcing them to weave left and right as they travel. This motion changes the... Read more »