‘Bottlebrush’ polymers bring coatings under control

Microscopic bottlebrush polymers that resemble their larger kitchen cousins could offer exquisite control over coatings, researchers say.

Mike Williams-Rice | Nov. 14, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology coatings drug-delivery polymers self-assembly

Buckyballs in space may come from dying stars

Scietists have puzzled over the existence of buckyballs in space, but a new idea about how the carbon molecules form could solve the mystery.

U. Arizona | Nov. 14, 2019 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology carbon space stars

Orangutan is 2-million-year-old extinct ape’s closest relative

Researchers have reconstructed the evolutionary relationship between a 2 million year old extinct primate and today's living orangutan.

Amanda Nybroe Rohde-Copenhagen | Nov. 14, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology apes dna evolution proteins teeth

Sixth graders learn and collaborate in this video game

Educators don't need programming skills to take advantage of a new framework for creating an educational video game.

Matt Shipman-NC State | Nov. 13, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology education gaming learning social-lives

Flame retardant turns social prairie voles into loners

Prairie voles are normally highly social, preferring to spend time with pals, especially their partners. But exposure to flame retardants changes all that.

Tracey Peake-NC State | Nov. 13, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology anxiety flame-retardants prairie-voles social-lives

How to explore neurotoxins without animal testing

A new way to test paralytic neurotoxins for potential therapeutic value doesn't involve euthanizing animal test subjects, researchers say.

Dominic Jarvis-Queensland | Nov. 13, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology light neurotoxins optics venom

3D printing technique puts electronics right into plastic

3D printing high-performance electronic circuits right into plastic could pave the way better drones, medical implants, and more.

Todd Bates-Rutgers | Nov. 12, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology 3d-printing circuits electronics materials-science nanotechnology plastics

At Jezero crater, Mars mineral may preserve signs of ancient life

Jezero crater, the landing site for NASA's Mars 2020 rover, appears to harbor a mineral that could preserve signs of ancient life, researchers say.

Kevin Stacey-Brown | Nov. 12, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology mars minerals planets space water

Beetle in amber pollinated flowers 99M years ago

A drop of fossilized amber from a mine in northern Myanmar contains not just a beetle but also 62 grains of pollen still clinging to its legs.

Kevin Fryling-Indiana | Nov. 12, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology beetles flowers fossils insects new-species plants pollen pollinators

Meditation can help you make fewer mistakes

New findings show "what just 20 minutes of meditation can do to enhance the brain's ability to detect and pay attention to mistakes."

Caroline Brooks-Michigan State | Nov. 11, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology brains meditation self-awareness

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