March 2014

Science & Tech

Bionic plants
Nanotechnology could turn shrubbery into supercharged energy producers or sensors for explosives.
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3 Questions: Alan Guth on new insights into the ‘Big Bang’
MIT physicist explains how new results bolster his 1980 theory of cosmic inflation.
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Two-dimensional material shows promise for optoelectronics
Team creates LEDs, photovoltaic cells, and light detectors using novel one-molecule-thick material.
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How tumors escape
Biologists identify extracellular proteins that help aggressive tumors spread through the body.
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Nanopores underlie our ability to tune in to a single voice
Inner-ear membrane uses tiny pores to mechanically separate sounds, researchers find, that could ultimately lead to better machine hearing—and better hearing aids as well.
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Energy & Environment

Engineers design ‘living materials’
Hybrid materials combine bacterial cells with nonliving elements that can conduct electricity or emit light.
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