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March 4, 2014
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In the eye of a chicken, a new state of matter comes into view

Along with eggs, soup and rubber toys, the list of the chicken’s most lasting legacies may eventually include advanced materials such as self-organizing colloids, or optics that can transmit light with the efficiency of a crystal and the flexibility of … Continue reading

January 17, 2014
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Cilia use different motors for different tasks

Cilia — short, hair-like fibers — are widely present in nature. Single-celled paramecia use one set of cilia for locomotion and another set to sweep nutrients into their oral grooves. Researchers at Brown have discovered that those two cilia sets … Continue reading

January 2, 2014
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Water in cells behaves in complex and intricate ways

ANN ARBOR — In a sort of biological “spooky action at a distance,” water in a cell slows down in the tightest confines between proteins and develops the ability to affect other proteins much farther away, University of Michigan researchers … Continue reading

September 5, 2013
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Physicists pinpoint key property of material that both conducts and insulates

It is well known to scientists that the three common phases of water – ice, liquid and vapor – can exist stably together only at a particular temperature and pressure, called the triple point. Also well known is that the … Continue reading

January 25, 2013
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A Material that Most Liquids Won’t Wet

ANN ARBOR — A nanoscale coating that’s at least 95 percent air repels the broadest range of liquids of any material in its class, causing them to bounce off the treated surface, according to the University of Michigan engineering researchers … Continue reading

November 20, 2012
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Can Life Emerge on Planets Around Cooling Stars?

Astronomers find planets in strange places and wonder if they might support life. One such place would be in orbit around a white or brown dwarf. While neither is a star like the sun, both glow and so could be … Continue reading

August 21, 2012
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New NASA Mission to Take First Look Deep Inside Mars

PASADENA, Calif. — NASA has selected a new mission, set to launch in 2016, that will take the first look into the deep interior of Mars to see why the Red Planet evolved so differently from Earth as one of … Continue reading

April 25, 2012
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Not Your Parents’ Chem Labs

‘Greener’ and more engaging experiments draw students in As a college student, Michelle Driessen had an all-too-typical experience. “I hated general chemistry,” she says. “I thought it was terribly boring.” She had plenty of company. Experiments were all laid out … Continue reading