Tweak gets chameleon material to mimic brain cells

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.

Dharmesh Patel-Texas AM • futurity
Dec. 21, 2020 ~7 min

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Exposure to these metals may alter pregnancy hormones

Research in Puerto Rico indicates how exposure to toxic metals can disrupt pregnancy hormones. That disruption can cause preterm birth and low birth weight.

Michelle Edelstein-Rutgers • futurity
Dec. 21, 2020 ~5 min

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Is cadmium a factor in flu, pneumonia, COVID death rates?

New research suggests a link between cadmium exposure and deaths from influenza, pneumonia, and possibly COVID-19.

Nardy Baeza Bickel-Michigan • futurity
Dec. 17, 2020 ~7 min

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How iron hydroxide forms on quartz

How do iron hydroxides form on a quartz substrate? A new technique reveals the answer.

Brandie Jefferson-WUSTL • futurity
Nov. 30, 2020 ~6 min

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Does cadmium exposure drive obesity?

New findings in mice indicate a link between cadmium exposure and obesity in female offspring.

Tracey Peake-NC State • futurity
Nov. 13, 2020 ~5 min

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Metal pollution is leaving scallops helpless against crabs and lobsters

New research points to 'heavy metals' having unseen effects on a much larger scale than previously thought.

Roland Kröger, Professor, Department of Physics, University of York • conversation
Nov. 5, 2020 ~7 min

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Nickel alloy in e-cig devices may harm lungs

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.

Anne Warde-UC Irvine • futurity
Oct. 2, 2020 ~6 min

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Tech gets metal to mimic natural rose petal powers

A new technology lets researchers use metal to create nature-inspired surfaces with unique powers, including rose petals' water-repelling ability.

Mike Krapfl-Iowa State • futurity
Aug. 31, 2020 ~6 min

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We're using microbes to clean up toxic electronic waste – here's how

Within the growing mountains of electronic waste, precious metals lie waiting to be recovered.

Sebastien Farnaud, Professor of Bio-innovation and Enterprise, Coventry University • conversation
Aug. 19, 2020 ~6 min

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A rush is on to mine the deep seabed, with effects on ocean life that aren't well understood

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.

Elizabeth Mendenhall, Assistant Professor of Marine Affairs and Political Science, University of Rhode Island • conversation
Aug. 17, 2020 ~9 min

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