A material that can go from metal to insulator works like a synapse with a bit of boron. The finding could be a step toward brain-inspired computers.
Dec. 21, 2020 • ~7 min
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Research in Puerto Rico indicates how exposure to toxic metals can disrupt pregnancy hormones. That disruption can cause preterm birth and low birth weight.
Dec. 21, 2020 • ~5 min
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New research suggests a link between cadmium exposure and deaths from influenza, pneumonia, and possibly COVID-19.
Dec. 17, 2020 • ~7 min
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New research points to 'heavy metals' having unseen effects on a much larger scale than previously thought.
Nov. 5, 2020 • ~7 min
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Nickel alloy heating elements in e-cigarette devices may pose more risk for significant lung injury than nicotine, THC, or vitamin E do, a new study shows.
Oct. 2, 2020 • ~6 min
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A new technology lets researchers use metal to create nature-inspired surfaces with unique powers, including rose petals' water-repelling ability.
Aug. 31, 2020 • ~6 min
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Within the growing mountains of electronic waste, precious metals lie waiting to be recovered.
Aug. 19, 2020 • ~6 min
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Companies are eager to mine the deep ocean for valuable mineral deposits. But scientists are concerned about impacts on sea life, including creatures that haven't even been discovered yet.
Aug. 17, 2020 • ~9 min
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